If you've ever seen Dexter then you know what it's like to question the morality of taking a life. Whether or not the writers at Bones have seen Dexter I couldn't say, but this week's "The Killer in the Crosshairs" took its own stab at good versus evil - right versus wrong.
Coming back to ethics of being a sniper that has popped up every now and then throughout Bones' run, the Jeffersonian team is once again up against Jacob Broadsky, a former acquaintance of Booth's turned gun-for-hire. Moving away from the regular whodunnit formula of most cop shows, including Bones itself, upon discovering a murder victim at the start of the episode, the team works out who did it within five minutes. There is a little FBI work to be done throughout the episode but it centers mostly around the ethics and morality of whether Broadsky's killing of bad people only is really such a detestable thing.
I applaud the attempt by the writers to keep a balance of character centric and murder mystery episodes, but, like mostly every episode in this current season of Bones, it lacked any real emotional punch that gave the subject the gravitas it deserved. Ultimately the episode concluded with some literally unbelievable stupidity by the protagonists as they blatantly risked the life of a man they knew with certainty to be in mortal danger, just for the opportunity to shoot at Broadsky. Of course, having called in no backup whatsoever, as is customary when hunting mass murderers, they proceeded to allow him to escape once again!
There was a B-plot that the episode kept coming back to throughout and I shall summarize it simply as: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was on Bones again, and it wasn't funny this time either!