Bones – Season 7

Significantly season 7 is a much shortened season compared to the previous 6 and the reason is due to lead actress Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy. Fox network did order an additional 4 more episodes but they were only able to air it for the start of the 8th season.

As the season starts the Jeffersonian team work on a case where the victim’s body was found in a paintball field, and later discover from the victim’s husband that she suffered from amnesia. Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth adjust to their new life as a couple living together, and deal with Brennan’s pregnancy. The remains of a competitive eating champion are discovered days before the next major competition where $10,000 is the prize, leaving the victim’s competitors as suspects. Finn Abernathy joins the Jeffersonian as a new intern finding a key piece of evidence for the case, but his troubled past is a cause for concern for Cam on deciding if he should keep his job or not. Meanwhile, Booth is upset when he learns that Brennan learned the sex of the baby without him. The team investigates a crime in which a female toy company executive is found shrink-wrapped with one of the company’s popular dolls. Meanwhile, Sweets prepares for his gun certification test, even though Booth believes he should not carry a weapon. Also, Brennan learns the importance of playing with her child from Angela, who is trying to put together a toy for her child.

The dismembered remains of a shipping and printing shop employee are found in several mailing boxes, leading Booth and Brennan to investigate the other employees, which includes a complicated love triangle with the victim. Meanwhile, Booth’s grandfather returns to break the news that Booth’s father has died, leaving Booth to deal with his anger towards his father who was never there for him. The team investigates the death of aĀ storm chaserĀ whose body was hit by a tornado. Meanwhile, Brennan feels Booth is being too protective of her. Angela and Hodgins deal with a lack of sleep due to their baby, while Angela’s dad visits wanting to babysit Michael, much to their dismay. The team investigates what appears to be a murder scene at a national monument, but the only clue left is a coded message made of human blood that will be the beginning of a scavenger hunt for the solution, courtesy of a new, technologically-proficient foe. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan are still looking for a new home.Ā The remains of an escaped convict are found in a residential sewer, but an examination of the sewer pipes indicates that the murder occurred within prison walls. Brennan insists on solving the crime – despite Booth’s pleas for her not to overexert herself – and the expectant couple experiences a very untraditional arrival of their baby daughter.

With the help of Special Agent Genny Shaw, the Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a discount shopper and “extreme couponer” who was dragged along the road by an 18-wheeler. Meanwhile, Brennan is adjusting to her first day back at work after giving birth, and Cam disapproves of her daughter’s romance with intern Finn Abernathy. When a corpse is found at a landfill, dyed in a blue substance, intern Arastoo Vaziri discovers a method that helps eliminate postmortem damages to the corpse, which leads the team back to a hair salon where the victim worked. Meanwhile Bones is feeling uncomfortable in her post-baby body, so Booth decides to do something special to boost her self-confidence. Booth and Brennan investigate the murder of a truck company employee is found in the middle of the woods. After the victim’s son is questioned, Booth and Brennan visit his karate class in search of a motive. Back at the lab, Hodgins is going overboard purchasing lab equipment. Meanwhile, Booth’s son Parker returns from England and Brennan is apprehensive about how he’ll react to his new baby sister. When a corpse is found in the middle of the woods, the team links the victim to two families that have been feuding for almost a century. Brennan and Booth interrogate a family member with a shocking confession that leads them to a motive for the victim’s murder. Meanwhile, Brennan has a difficult time accepting her father’s (Ryan O’Neal) offer to babysit their infant daughter because of his unpredictable presence in her own childhood.

Brennan and Booth head out to Los Angeles to consult on the production of “Bone of Contention,” a film based on Brennan’s latest book and the work of the Jeffersonian team. While on set, Brennan intervenes after finding flaws with the actors’ performances, not to mention the film’s total disregard for science. Then she discovers that the prop cadaver being used is an actual murder victim, forcing her and Booth to launch an investigation that has real-world consequences in the land of make-believe. Meanwhile, Booth is offered a job on the studio lot, and embarrassing information is revealed about Cam’s past. Evil tech genius Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds), a suspect in a previous case Brennan and Booth handled, is seen before the parole board petitioning for release. Knowing what he is capable of, Brennan and Booth inform the parole board that he is a suspect in two murder cases. Then, Brennan and Booth are called to the scene of a new murder. After determining the victim is Brennan’s friend, who also is linked to Pelant, the Jeffersonian team works to prove he is guilty once and for all. But when law enforcement examines the team’s findings, key pieces of evidence are tied to Brennan and suspicion falls on her. Knowing Brennan will soon beĀ arrested, her father arranges for Brennan and her daughter to go on the run so there is enough time to clear Brennan and find the evidence to arrest Pelant once and for all.

Despite the short season, I felt the ending was great and at the right moment with some tension building up. The villain is formidable and scary in his own way and threatens to derails the great team of Booth, Bones and co. What will happen to the couple? How long will Brennan be on the run?

The Dark Knight Rises

Ok, finally I got down to watch this movie, the second highest grossing movie of 2012 (and currently the 7th highest grossing of all time). The Dark Knight Rises is the 3rd and final installment in the Chris Nolan Batman trilogy and sees a conclusion to the story that started off with 2005’s Batman Begins. Nolan not only directed but also co-wrote the script with his brother Jonathan Nolan. The movie visually is a stunning treat, really awesome production and it’s worth seeing a few times in the theatres if you could do so (I ofcourse watched it on my laptop). The actors do a fine job and score is great too.

Joining Christian Bale, who reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, are a returning cast of his allies:Ā Michael CaineĀ asĀ Alfred Pennyworth,Ā Gary OldmanĀ asĀ James Gordon, andĀ Morgan FreemanĀ asĀ Lucius Fox. The film introduces the characters ofĀ Selina KyleĀ (Anne Hathaway), a cunning cat burglar in search of a way to escape her past, andĀ BaneĀ (Tom Hardy), a militant revolutionary out to destroyĀ Gotham City. Also new are Marion CotillardĀ asĀ Miranda Tate, Ā  Joseph Gordon-LevittĀ asĀ John Blake &Ā Matthew ModineĀ as Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley. Now for my thoughts on the film and the cast:

  • Batman is a bit sidelined in this film what with the film needing more screen time for the added supporting cast as well as the established allies. I would have loved to have more focus on Bale as Batman but that’s just my opinion. After all it’s not Batman and friends but a Batman movie. Having said that I loved the “retired” Batman look and the scenes in the underground prison. The close relationship between Alfred and Bruce is shown to be a bit tensed but it all works out in the end. I would have loved to see Bale in a couple of Batman flicks before he gave it up but c’est la cinema!
  • Tom Hardy as Bane – I only know Tom Hardy from his role as Shinzon in Star Trek Nemesis and therefore it is hard for me to reconcile the much slimmer looking Tom from this beefed up version. Plus that voice – it’s irritating to say the least! I read that it is deliberate to have such a contraction between his physicality and his voice. He sounds almost British high class but attacks like a gorilla! Physically & stylistically, Bane is a very different villain for Batman and it works. In their first fight Bane proves to be too much for Batman and manhandles him towards the end, breaking his back and dumping him in the underground prison.
  • Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle – a cunning cat burglar who is looking to get er past wiped clean so she can get a fresh start. The beautiful Hathaway is just graceful & sexy in her role. Selina is an associate of Bane’s and double crosses Batman by leading him to a trap but soon regrets her decisions. She later goes to Batman’s aid and ends up killing Bane. She also falls for Bruce Wayne/ Batman.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake – in a way I felt that the movie was a lot about him. For the longest time I felt that thwy were prepping him up to be Robin in this series but the young, recently promoted detective, who will provide some inspiration for a disillusioned Bruce & Commissioner Gordon, ends up inheriting Batman’s gadgets and Batcave. Good work by JGL!
  • Ā Marion CotillardĀ asĀ Miranda Tate: Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises executive board who seemingly is an ally, confidant and briefly Wayne’s lover, turns out to be the real villain! Tate intervenes when Batman is about to defeat Baneand stabs Batman, revealing herself to beĀ Talia, Ra’s al Ghul’s child, who escaped the prison aided by her fellow prisoner, Bane. She plans to complete her father’s work by detonating the bomb and destroying Gotham. She is killed in a crash but not before detonating the bomb.
  • The rest of the cast are awesome – Gary Oldman as a good guy is such a change, Modine is good too. Cillian Murphy has two short scenes as a kind of judge who’s sentencing is sure death no matter which way it goes. Liam Neeson has a short cameo as does Desmond Harrington and Josh Stewart has a small role as Bane’s right hand man. Juno Temple plays Selina’s friend Jen and Christopher Judge has a blink and you miss it tiny role as a Bane henchmen who gets beaten by Blake!
  • I loved the movie all the way until the very end. Bruce Wayne retires for good, faking his death and that of Batman by escaping the detonation. Bruce is given a memorial and Batman is finally honoured as a hero again and he is immortalized in a bronzed statute. The Wayne estate is made into a orphanage while Bruce moves to Europe and starts a life with Selina. The mantle of Batman is to be passed onto to Blake – what is this? The Phantom? Will we have multiple Batman’s? Only time will tell.

8.5 outta 10 for me! Solid movie, except for the ending which left me unsatisfied but stunning overall.