‘Bones’ Review: “The Corpse on the Canopy”
My heart is thumping, my mind is racing, I’m still trying to grasp what just happened on Bones. After eight seasons I’m still amazed at the quality of episodes this show continues to produce. I’m pretty sure this is at least the third episode this season that I’ve claimed is the best ever – and the season isn’t even half over. Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) isn’t the first serial killer Hart Hanson and crew have created, but he is definitely the most diabolical – “Corpse on the Canopy” proved at least that.
Hodgins (TJ Thyne) and Angela (Michaela Conlin) are woken up by a screaming child and an eviscerated corpse above their bed. As terrifying as that sounds, it gets worse from there. With his penchant for flora and crypography evident at the crime scene, it’s quickly deduced that Pelant is back and behind the sadistic crime… not that it makes anyone feel better. All is means is Booth (David Boreanaz), Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and crew must work against the clock to figure out Pelant’s latest endgame
What an episode for the squints to shine. After their home is violated, Hodgins and Angela have to try and put personal feelings aside and figure out why they were targeted this time. It’s painful to watch at times – and for Hodgins very reminiscent of post “Aliens in a Spaceship,” only this time Angela isn’t there to hold his hand and protect him because she’s living the terror too. Cam (Tamara Taylor) is once again the quiet heroine. She is perhaps the most underutilized character on television. Her leadership and ability to compartmentalize are second to none – even Brennan. Though, I’m not sure she is correct in thinking Pelant is scared of Hodgins… if this episode taught us anything, it’s that money isn’t everything. Perhaps the amount of money Hodgins has unnerves Pelant, but really the only person who’s been able to get the best of him is Angela. I think she is his target, and that worries me… a lot.
For the past couple seasons Booth and Sweets (John Francis Daley) have become closer and developed a relationship more akin to family. I don’t know if it’s been leading up to this, but the moment that Booth tells Sweets why he can’t go into the Serberus building makes me wonder if Booth trusts the baby duck more than anyone knows.
No squintern this week, but that’s because we are treated to an episode chock full of the ineffable Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher). I don’t even know where to begin. Most of you know, CJ is my favorite Bones character, regular or recurring. She gets better with each appearance. I love how staunchly she obeys the letter of the law to keep Booth in check (seriously, that guy would be in so much trouble without her); but she still manages to assert her dominance and allegiance to Booth so that whatever he and the Squints need they get.
Agent Flynn (Reed Diamond) is back too. He is much more Squintern-y than CJ, and I almost feel badly for lumping them together here; but after he’s shot and nearly killed because of Pelant my feelings toward him have warmed. I still don’t trust him completely, but should he survive the multiple gunshot wounds I will reconsider where my loyalties lie.
There was so much going on in this episode, there wasn’t much time left over for B&B romance. Brennan spent all her time in the lab trying to decipher Pelant’s latest code, while Booth spent his time on the manhunt for Pelant so we were left with classic B&B with a twist.
I feel like Booth’s character development isn’t as drastic as Brennan’s – but that’s because it doesn’t need to be. I feel like if this episode were written in season 2 or 3, Booth would have gone along with Hodgins and started a rogue investigation. But he’s matured, and really learned to respect his job more. Brennan on the other hand has blossomed into a truly amazing character with so many layers. She still shrouds herself in science, but has learned how to communicate effectively with people. Pelant may think that motherhood has made her less intelligent, or softened her; but being a mother has humanized her, made her more empathetic, given her the ability to see beyond the science. Two of my favorite moments of the episode are when Brennan was comforting Angela and helping her deal with the terror that happened in her home; as well as Brennan assuring Booth that whatever Pelant threw their way, they would handle together. She has come such a long way.
Pelant makes me so much more nervous than any other serial killer in the Bones universe. Pelant is gutsier and more unstable, which makes him more dangerous. With the other serial killers, their endgame was much easier to figure out – but with Pelant there are still so many questions. Who is he really after, and why? What does a broke Hodgins mean? Does Pelant need that money? What does it mean now that Booth got a piece of him? And really, how did he survive that?