I thought Season 4 of Bones was a mess. In fact, I think Bones has officially jumped the shark with this season. It lacked a season-long plotline and ended up spinning off the character stories in too many different ways that didn't hold my interest. By the time the season was over, it had gotten a little too silly and lost the punch that made it worth watching. I'll probably hold off on watching the next season now.
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The three previous seasons had a killer that formed up the main running plotline for the series, although most of the individual episodes were their own story. In this season, the big mystery gets solved halfway through, then for the rest of the season the story meanders along and follows the characters. The problem I had is that I didn't like the direction it took with the characters, and there got to be too much goofy humor and slapstick. It's like this show is losing its edge.
Gay subplots are so passé these days, so why bother? It was a big deal last decade with shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but now when a character suddenly turns gay, it's seems trite. Such is the case with the Angela (Michaela Conlin) character. I was beginning to accept the unlikely romance between her and Dr. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) when they broke up, then it was revealed that Angela is bisexual and suddenly decided to rekindle an old flame with her ex-girlfriend. This little storyline only goes on for a few episodes, but doesn't go anywhere or serve much of a purpose.
The ongoing repressed love thing between Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is still the highlight of the show, but after four seasons it is starting to wear a bit thin. Toward the end of this season, Brennan blurts out that she wants to be a mother and intends for Booth to be the father via artificial insemination. It's an interesting subplot, but it comes out of nowhere too quickly and just don't work that well. When another complication gets tossed on top of that within the same episode, it's too much. The thought of someone as emotionally disconnected as Brennan having a child is kind of scary.
The last episode was one of those ‘dream episodes' that often turn up in later seasons of television shows that are starting to run out of ideas. In this one, the actors and characters traded places for a while, but I found it so much of a gimmick that I wound up fast-forwarding to the end because I couldn't stand watching any more. The way the season ended was a bit of a cliffhanger, but getting to that point was a chore.
In the end, I was disappointed with Bones: Season 4. I hope things get back on track soon, because I feel like the show lost steam halfway through this season and never recovered.