The idea of cult life is fascinating. I think because it is always connected to so many horror stories; people being raped and killed, torn from their families, and having their life savings squandered away. The idea that it is incredibly easy to fall into and that perfectly ‘normal’ people are bought into this reality, just makes it all the more frightening.
The conclusion of Numb3rs season three led to the conclusion of Charlie and Don’s conflict about their own past. Forgiving one’s past is great, but it is the renegotiation of their roles and the future that now takes precedence within this season. Our previous understandings of these characters was them as boys, now they take on the roles of men in their work and own lives.
Numb3rs season three has a much greater focus on Don and Charlie’s past brotherly issues. As an older sister, I completely understand the ways in which things that happened when we were children can still have a bearing on how we function in our sibling relations today. Being forced to confront these difficulties in their past helps the brothers to not only face up to their own shortcomings, but also the fact that their own perceptions were clouded. The conclusion of these past arguments helps to strengthen and stabilise their otherwise tumulus relationship, something that is incredibly enjoyable to watch.
The second season of Numb3rs further emphasises the importance of family. The relationship between the two brothers and their father is the main point within this season and I love the uniqueness of this approach. Where a lot of other shows focus on relationships of a different intimacy, the exploration of adult familial relationships is refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.
I love the idea behind Numb3rs – the very basics of logic (maths) to solve crimes. Implementing a purely logical approach to explain an illogical act (human interactions) is a fantastic idea. So, combining maths with crime solving is a truly unique and fascinating way in which to approach the crime genre in TV.
The changes that begun in the seventh season of Bones smoothly morph into a new dynamic and new relationships throughout the eighth season of Bones. Although there are many ups and downs, and honestly, who doesn’t like a roller coaster ride of emotions in a series? Booth and Brennan finally seem to settle into their relationship and parenthood.
This season changed the tone of Bones completely. This entirely different ‘feel’ is a welcome change, it shows that the writers and creators of the show do not remain stagnant in their creativity. Not only has Booth and Bones’ relationship completely changed, but she also becomes a mother. I love that, like everything else that Brennan does in the series, she doesn’t act purely conventionally when raising her young child. Nor does she acclimate into having a relationship with Booth steadily. But, these challenges and character quirks that we have all become so used to add humour and flavour to situations that would otherwise be quite disturbing and droll.
This is the season of chasing. Brennan chases Booth as Booth pursues his relationship with Hannah. It is also about Booth chasing the anti-Booth, the main villain within this story. And, as with all good stories, the chase is the journey, but there are some great and fascinating conclusions to these races of the heart. I spent most of season six on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would come next, and obstinately holding my breath.
This is my least favourite season of Bones to date. It is still brilliant, full of great science and engaging plot lines, but it is just lacking that extra thing that the other seasons seem to have. Although, the story did slowly build until the stunning season finale. It is this climax of the season that helps to redeem the series in my eyes. A heart pluckingly beautiful season finale that is full of a heartfelt farewell with things left unspoken and words left unsaid.
After the chilling season finale of season three, it was hard to see how the Bones cast would return for season four. But, the expansion of the ‘family’ was brilliantly done and actually made me love the series even more. Zack was gorgeous and easy to love, but having the flexibility of multiple interns gave the stories in each episode entirely different and unique flavours. The variety drew me in beautifully.