In light of the analysis of the character relationships in Brennan's new book, Bone of Contention
, in the latest episode of Bones, "The Bones on a Blue Line," I thought it would be fun to reflect on what the show itself would be like without the amazing relationships between the characters.
Imagine if you will a Bones based solely on the cases. Somewhat painful isn't it? Now, imagine our beloved crime drama as a documentary. Yes, you read that right. Turns out, before Bones ever came to fruition, producer Barry Josephson bought the rights to a series of Kathy Reichs' novels and was planning to produce a documentary on her.
May I just say, thank God for Hart Hanson who, once teamed up with Josephson courtesy of Fox, gave us the Bones we know today. Still,getting there took a little effort and was not as easy as we all assume.
Specifically, he said, "The development of the show has spanned from trying to make it procedural, which they wanted in the beginning, and ... saying that we wanted it to be a relationship-driven show. I think in the long run, you can see that the relationship part of the show won out more over the procedural, dark procedural, that they had in mind. And that just developed."
What's more, Boreanaz said, "For the characters, they're there to solve the case, obviously, and it's very important, and it's also important for their characters to grow. For me, personally, I'm more into the relationship, making the show about the relationship about the two of them, that's what intrigues me."
I think we can all agree with David Boreanaz on this one, right guys? I mean, yes, the cases are good and the way the Squints go about solving them is pretty incredible, but I believe it's really the characters that keep fans like us coming back for more. No question.
The obvious example? The relationship between Booth and Bones that Boreanaz himself alludes to. This is perhaps the defining reason why Bones
is so popular, and it's certainly one of the major reasons why the show has survived multiple slot changes. It's even the reason surrounding all the hype for this week's 100th episode, "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole."
Quite simply, people develop an interest in the personal lives of the characters. They grow fond of them, relate to them, and even get angry with them sometimes. Hey, I know I'm guilty of this.
Ultimately, I think David Boreanaz put it best when he said, "Whether it's the first show, the 50th or the 100th, it's really about making the show better by making the relationship better, and then always going back to the relationship. We're the little show that could, and the little show that has, and we're very fortunate to have succeeded."
So, what do you think? How different do you think Bones would be without the relationship aspect? Would you watch it if it were simply about the cases? Leave a comment below!
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