History YMMV / Bones

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* CriticProof: This show was, in the words of the crew, FOX's "little show that could". Many critics and reviewers brushed it off as yet another procedural (completely ignoring that it's more character-centric than others), FOX themselves walked a thin line between "taking it from granted" and "forgot it existed", also going on to move it all over the schedule. ...And yet, despite never really getting much recognition, the show found an extremely loyal audience that helped it survive for 246 episodes over 12 seasons.
13th Mar '17 9:17:49 PM Upgrader
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** Hodgins's conspiracy theorizing and other characters making fun of him for it are both a lot less funny after [[spoiler: Zack believing Hodgins was part of the reason he was persuaded by Gormogon]], and [[spoiler: the team ran into an actual government conspiracy in Season 9 that landed Booth in prison and killed Sweets]].



** [[spoiler: "The Bones on the Blue Line" had Sweets suffer PTSD from someone dying right in front of him, being faced with his own mortality. About five seasons later, he's killed in the season 10 premiere.]] Really, ''anything'' involving [[spoiler: Sweets]] could count as HarsherInHindsight now, from his relationship with [[spoiler: Daisy]], to Bones and Booth insulting him, and treating him like he's worthless, etc.

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** [[spoiler: "The Bones on the Blue Line" had Sweets suffer PTSD from someone dying right in front of him, being faced with his own mortality. About five seasons later, he's killed in the season 10 premiere.]] Really, ''anything'' involving [[spoiler: Sweets]] could count as HarsherInHindsight this now, from his relationship with [[spoiler: Daisy]], to Bones and Booth insulting him, and treating him like he's worthless, etc.etc.
** Like the above example, pretty much anything with [[spoiler: Max]] is harder to watch now that he's gone. In particular, there is one episode where Brennan [[spoiler:pretty much kicks Max out of the family for not picking up her calls because he lost his phone while taking care of baby Christine]].
2nd Mar '17 11:00:02 AM ACW
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** The Gravedigger, aka [[spoiler:[[KillerCop Heather Taffet]]]], is a dark cross between a SerialKiller and a [[TheKidnapper serial kidnapper]]. Their modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in a hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan - not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time (cutting the available air to around 12 hours) just because he witnessed the kidnapping. When reappearing, The Gravedigger then tries to similarly bury Booth alive to destroy evidence, plus tries to kill Brennan and Booth again. The Gravedigger also kills a private investigator with her stun gun because The Gravedigger thinks that there's a chance that he might find The Gravedigger in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. In the end, The Gravedigger admits to [[ForTheEvulz just enjoying killing people]] and the effects that BuriedAlive has on victims; the ransom money was immaterial.

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** The Gravedigger, aka [[spoiler:[[KillerCop Heather Taffet]]]], is a dark cross between a SerialKiller and a [[TheKidnapper serial kidnapper]].kidnapper. Their modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in a hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan - not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time (cutting the available air to around 12 hours) just because he witnessed the kidnapping. When reappearing, The Gravedigger then tries to similarly bury Booth alive to destroy evidence, plus tries to kill Brennan and Booth again. The Gravedigger also kills a private investigator with her stun gun because The Gravedigger thinks that there's a chance that he might find The Gravedigger in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. In the end, The Gravedigger admits to [[ForTheEvulz just enjoying killing people]] and the effects that BuriedAlive has on victims; the ransom money was immaterial.
27th Feb '17 3:43:58 PM Anddrix
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* BrokenBase: For some fans, the PoorlyDisguisedPilot ''The Finder'' in Season 6 and the ''Sleepy Hollow'' crossover in Season 11 can feel ''very'' off in tone compared to the rest of the show. The former because it barely feels like a ''Bones'' episode, and the latter because of the reasons mentioned in HilariousInHindsight and FanonDiscontinuity.
25th Feb '17 12:22:16 PM ACW
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** The Gravedigger, aka [[spoiler: [[KillerCop Heather Taffet]]]], is a dark cross between a {{serial killer}} and a serial kidnapper. The modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in an untraceable hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan - not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time (cutting the available air to around 12 hours) just because he witnessed the kidnapping. The Gravedigger later reappears and traps Booth aboard a ship set for destruction in exchange for vital evidence from the previous incident. The Gravedigger also kills a private investigator with repeated stun gun shocks because [[spoiler:she]] thinks that there's a chance that he might find out [[spoiler:her]] true identity in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. Ultimately, The Gravedigger was a formidable opponent to the Jeffersonian team, continously battling and outsmarting them, both before ''and'' after an arrest was made.
** Christopher Pelant is a recurring [[HollywoodHacking genius hacker]] and a brutal SerialKiller, who often killed his victims in some of the most horrifying ways, only to use their bodies for his purposes. He first murdered his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking UsefulNotes/ThePentagon; though he found a loophole in their system, and retaliated against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later [[FrameUp frame Brennan]] for the murder of a friend and pull strings to keep most of her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he [[SadisticChoice forces Hodgins]] to forfeit all his money or else he'll [[WouldHurtAChild destroy a girls’ school]] in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also brainwashes a girl into shooting two FBI agents, and when he [[VillainousCrush develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan]], he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan hostage in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.

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** The Gravedigger, aka [[spoiler: [[KillerCop [[spoiler:[[KillerCop Heather Taffet]]]], is a dark cross between a {{serial killer}} SerialKiller and a [[TheKidnapper serial kidnapper. The kidnapper]]. Their modus operandi is to sneak up on victims, knock them out with a custom-made stun gun, and bury them in an untraceable a hidden container with 24 hours of air; either the ransom is paid, or the victims die. The Gravedigger's introduced by doing this on Dr. Brennan - not because Brennan is a threat, but just because. The Gravedigger also traps Dr. Hodgins at the same time (cutting the available air to around 12 hours) just because he witnessed the kidnapping. When reappearing, The Gravedigger later reappears and traps then tries to similarly bury Booth aboard a ship set for destruction in exchange for vital evidence from the previous incident. alive to destroy evidence, plus tries to kill Brennan and Booth again. The Gravedigger also kills a private investigator with repeated her stun gun shocks because [[spoiler:she]] The Gravedigger thinks that there's a chance that he might find out [[spoiler:her]] true identity The Gravedigger in the future. Several of the other victims are also sought, with the cruel circumstances behind them all played up. Ultimately, In the end, The Gravedigger admits to [[ForTheEvulz just enjoying killing people]] and the effects that BuriedAlive has on victims; the ransom money was a formidable opponent to the Jeffersonian team, continously battling and outsmarting them, both before ''and'' after an arrest was made.
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** Christopher Pelant Pelant, from seasons 7 to 9, is a recurring [[HollywoodHacking genius hacker]] and a brutal SerialKiller, who often killed his victims in some of the most horrifying ways, only to use their bodies for his purposes. He SerialKiller. His first murdered murders his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking UsefulNotes/ThePentagon; though he found a loophole in their system, later escapes and retaliated retaliates against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later [[FrameUp frame Brennan]] for the murder of a friend and pull pulls strings to keep most of her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he [[SadisticChoice forces Hodgins]] to forfeit all his money or else he'll [[WouldHurtAChild destroy a girls’ school]] girls’school]] in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also cripples and later kills FBI agent Flynn, and brainwashes a girl into shooting two killing three FBI agents, and when agents. When he [[VillainousCrush [[StalkerWithACrush develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan]], he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan hostage at gunpoint in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.
11th Feb '17 5:31:28 AM MagBas
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** The third season finale, with the revelation that [[spoiler: Zack Addy, the team's awkward lab rat, [[CharacterDerailment had assisted a serial cannibal]], with no warning whatsoever]]. According to the actor, the twist was basically decided at the last minute.

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** The third season finale, with the revelation that [[spoiler: Zack Addy, the team's awkward lab rat, [[CharacterDerailment had assisted a serial cannibal]], cannibal, with no warning whatsoever]]. According to the actor, the twist was basically decided at the last minute.
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** Christopher Pelant is a recurring [[HollywoodHacking genius hacker]] and a brutal SerialKiller. He first murdered his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking UsefulNotes/ThePentagon; though he found a loophole in their system, and retaliated against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later [[FrameUp frame Brennan]] for the murder of a friend and pull strings to keep most of her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he [[SadisticChoice forces Hodgins]] to forfeit all his money or else he'll [[WouldHurtAChild destroy a girls’ school]] in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also brainwashes a girl into shooting two FBI agents, and cripples and later kills FBI agent Flynn. When he [[VillainousCrush develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan]], he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan hostage in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.

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** Christopher Pelant is a recurring [[HollywoodHacking genius hacker]] and a brutal SerialKiller.SerialKiller, who often killed his victims in some of the most horrifying ways, only to use their bodies for his purposes. He first murdered his guidance counselor after forging a recommendation for him to go to Stanford. In his adult life he was under house arrest for hacking UsefulNotes/ThePentagon; though he found a loophole in their system, and retaliated against the government with a new killing spree. Always one step ahead of the Jeffersonian team, Pelant is not afraid of using brutal tactics against them, and proudly takes responsibility for his actions. Pelant would later [[FrameUp frame Brennan]] for the murder of a friend and pull strings to keep most of her friends from interfering. In a later appearance, he [[SadisticChoice forces Hodgins]] to forfeit all his money or else he'll [[WouldHurtAChild destroy a girls’ school]] in Afghanistan with a military drone. He also brainwashes a girl into shooting two FBI agents, and cripples and later kills FBI agent Flynn. When when he [[VillainousCrush develops an intellectual infatuation with Brennan]], he coerces Booth into calling off their wedding, and not to tell her why, or else he'll continue to kill innocent people. When finally cornered in his hiding spot, Pelant takes to holding Brennan hostage in a last desperate attempt to win. Intellectual, [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]], controlling and vindictive, Pelant proves to be a dangerous enemy to the Jeffersonian team with his love for playing people like pawns, and killing those in his way.



* MoralEventHorizon: Arguably, killing a random woman because she was in the way was this for Broadsky. Killing serial killers made him vaguely sympathetic, in a Max Keenan sort of way, but this seemed to cross the line. Of course, Caroline disagrees:

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* MoralEventHorizon: Arguably, killing MoralEventHorizon:
** Epps' various murders and sick games are bad enough, but you really see how twisted and evil he is in "The Man in the Cell"" when he [[spoiler: burns
a random woman fireman alive, saws his wife's head off while she's ALIVE, sends her heart to Angela, and booby-traps the decapitated head of his wife with a glass capsule containing a highly poisonous powder, which almost killed Cam.]]
** Killing innocent people just
because she was they're in the way was this for Broadsky. Killing serial killers criminals and crooks made him vaguely sympathetic, in a Max Keenan sort of way, but this seemed to cross the line. Of course, Caroline disagrees:has a different opinion:



** Epps' various murders and sick games are bad enough, but when he [[spoiler: saws his wife's head off while she's ALIVE, it's pretty clear how evil he is.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: sending her heart to Angela (after reading that she was called the "Heart of the Operations" by Hodgins) and booby trapping the head of his wife with a glass capsule containing a highly poisonous powder, which almost killed Cam.]]
2nd Feb '17 5:01:23 AM Arcana4th
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*** The SERBERUS soldier Pelant killed. Bones and Cam come to the conclusion that Pelant tortured him by continuosly stabbing him in the spine with needles until the extreme pain put too much stress in his heart, killing him.

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*** The SERBERUS soldier Pelant killed. Bones and Cam come to the conclusion that Pelant tortured him by continuosly continuously stabbing him in the spine with needles until the extreme pain put too much stress in his heart, killing him.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The writers initially seemed to be gearing up for another big ArcVillain with the Ghost Killer, with there being no consistent MO for the killings (unlike Broadsky or the Gravedigger), barely any clues on who the murderer could be (unlike Pelant, with whom the bigger problem was actually ''catching'' him), and no one but Brennan believing the serial killer even ''existed''. Then, in ''The Nail in the Coffin'', the writers instead took the route of TheKillerBecomesTheKilled, and used the Ghost Killer arc as a "bridge" to jump into the government conspiracy plotline that took up the S9 finale and the beginning of S10.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
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The writers initially seemed to be gearing up for another big ArcVillain with the Ghost Killer, with there being no consistent MO for the killings (unlike Broadsky or the Gravedigger), barely any clues on who the murderer could be (unlike Pelant, with whom the bigger problem was actually ''catching'' him), and no one but Brennan believing the serial killer even ''existed''. Then, in ''The Nail in the Coffin'', the writers instead took the route of TheKillerBecomesTheKilled, and used the Ghost Killer arc as a "bridge" to jump into the government conspiracy plotline that took up the S9 finale and the beginning of S10.S10.
** The plot of Hodgin's mentally ill brother, Jeffrey. It puts a heavy emotional and financial strain on Hodgins, specially in a moment where all their money was stolen by Pelant. The brother has an extreme psychological issue that makes him unable to live in society and their parents threw the boy in a institution, hiding his existence of Hodgins, but said brother is never brought up again after the episode he is introduced.
1st Feb '17 5:43:31 AM Rebu
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* AcceptableTargets: In general, the show is fond of making the victim a member of a particular group/subculture, then wildly misportraying/exaggerating said subculture, making the members of that subculture look like ammoral assholes, freaks, morons, etc. (Though generally, only the ridiculous, obsessive extremists are treated this way.)

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* AcceptableTargets: In general, the show is fond of making the victim a member of a particular group/subculture, subculture, then wildly misportraying/exaggerating exaggerating said subculture, making the members of that subculture look like ammoral assholes, freaks, morons, etc. (Though generally, only the ridiculous, obsessive extremists are treated this way.)
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** [[spoiler: Zack Addy. Early on in season 4 he reveals to Sweets that his killing of the lobbyist was only MetaphoricallyTrue, and he hadn't stabbed him. This makes Zack's only crime being an accessory to murder]].

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** [[spoiler: Zack Addy. Early on in season 4 he reveals to Sweets that his killing of the lobbyist was only MetaphoricallyTrue, and [[CharacterRerailment he hadn't stabbed him.actually committed the murder]]. This makes Zack's only crime being an accessory to murder]].



* SeasonalRot: While ''Bones'' arguably never got truly pronounced seasonal rot and managed to maintain consistent quality and preserve most of its integrity to the very end, many fans will acknowledge some slumps in the show's history:
** {{Flanderization}} took Bones from being somewhat socially inept and awkward to being barely-not-a-robot.

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* SeasonalRot: While ''Bones'' arguably never got truly pronounced seasonal rot and managed to maintain relatively consistent quality and preserve most of its integrity to the very end, many fans will acknowledge some slumps in the show's history:
** {{Flanderization}} took Bones from being somewhat a socially inept and awkward awkward, yet intelligent and strong woman, to being barely-not-a-robot.basically a clueless android who has no idea on how modern society works.[[note]]The final season episode "The Brain in the Bot" is a commentary of sorts on this: Brennan meets an intelligent robot that speaks pretty similar to her.[[/note]] It doesn't help that which characterization's used is DependingOnTheWriter.



* ShockingSwerve: Third season finale.
** Also, the Tenth Season Premiere, [[spoiler: with Sweets' death. While characters have died on the show before, Sweets had been a major character for 6-7 seasons, and had plotlines second only to Booth and Brennan, not to mention being killed off in a season premiere.]]

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* ShockingSwerve: Third ShockingSwerve:
** The third
season finale.
finale, with the revelation that [[spoiler: Zack Addy, the team's awkward lab rat, [[CharacterDerailment had assisted a serial cannibal]], with no warning whatsoever]]. According to the actor, the twist was basically decided at the last minute.
** Also, the Tenth Season Premiere, tenth season premiere, [[spoiler: with Sweets' death. While characters have died on the show before, Sweets had been a major character for 6-7 seasons, and had plotlines second only to Booth and Brennan, not to mention being killed off in a season premiere.]]]] Plus, the twist had been kept completely under wraps until the episode actually aired.
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