'Bones' Fan Columnist: Was the Avatar Tie-In a Good Thing?
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Was the Avatar Tie-In a Good Thing?
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So, I know that some of you Bones fans were not happy with the recent Avatar tie-in in the latest episode, "The Gamer in the Grease," and I must admit that I am with you on this one.  If you don't already know, I practically live for quality Booth and Bones moments, and, in my mind, this tie-in kept me from seeing that.  I mean, sure, we saw some hilarious Sweets, Fisher, and Hodgins moments, but I am sorry to say that that just did not make up for my weekly Booth and Bones time. 

Yet, aside from that, I really felt that this tie-in detracted from the plot.  While watching the episode, I felt that it was just kind of thrown in and it didn't really flow.  But maybe that's just me.  What do you think?  Do you think the tie-in felt forced?  Leave a comment below!  

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, let's look at the episode in more detail.  As we all know, a mailman, Steve Rifton, was murdered, and, from his wife, we learn that he was the champion of a video game called Punky Pong.  After finding out how competitive the world of video games can get, we now have a reason to suspect that Rifton was killed out of revenge.  Our top two suspects?  Billy Gabel, the former champion of Punky Pong, and Dougie Seeger's father, Keith Seeger.  By the way, Dougie Seeger was the autistic boy who Steve used to watch play Punky Pong. 

And voila.  That's basically all there is to this episode.  Now it's just up for Booth and Bones to find out who the killer is, just like always.  Therefore, the whole Avatar tie-in just doesn't seem necessary.  And yes, in every other episode there are also those background stories like we had this past week so it's not just all about solving the murder, but this one I just didn't like. 

For instance, because Hodgins, Sweets, and Fisher were so eager to get back in line while waiting to get into the movie premiere of Avatar, they didn't truly focus on their work, and those moments we have in the lab with them or in the office with them were practically nonexistent.  I mean, hey, props to Cam and Angela for staying dedicated to their work.  Also, if Hodgins hadn't been so worried about relieving Sweets in line, he probably would have been able to figure out much sooner that all the particulates he found were related due to the fact that they are all found in peacock poop, thus leading them to the conclusion that their killer belonged to the Annapolis Valley Golf Course. 

But I guess, in the end, all that matters is that Booth and Bones got their guy.  Oh, and even though you might be like me and still not really like this episode as far as content and plot, I have some news that might make you change your mind about the tie-in.  According to Hart Hanson, the Avatar tie-in is going to allow Bones to pay for a few extra bells and whistles this season.  Sounds good, right?  

-Nicole Bessette, BuddyTV Fan Columnist
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