September 18, 2013 4:51 AM EST
Bones Season 9 Episode 1 Review: Freddie Prinze Jr, Pelant's Clock, Cool Hodgins, and Bartender Genius [PHOTOS]
Bones Season 9 Episode 1 ("The Secrets in the Proposal") starts off three months after Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) has told Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) that he can't marry her.
Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for those who have not seen Bones Season 9 Episode 1: "The Secrets in the Proposal." Read at your own risk. FOX ran the premiere on Sept. 16 (Monday).
Booth and Bones still live together, but there's a lot of odd developments that make for a frustrating season premiere. Thanks to Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne) and "Father" Aldo (Mather Zickel) for saving the episode. In the end, a bartender saves the troubled couple. Thanks to Freddie Prinze, Jr. too, for simply being there.
The best scenes in this premiere are those with ex-priest Aldo (Mather Zickel), Booth's (and now Brennan's) favourite bartender. The worst and the oddest are scenes with Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin). The other worst scene features Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) - that final scene suggesting his presence in Booth's and Brennan's home. It is time for his chapter to close. It has dragged on long enough!
Props to David Boreanaz for showing a conflicted, helpless Booth in his post-engagement predicament. Emily Deschanel does not shine much in this episode, because the way her character is treated is rather odd. Good thing she's talked to good man Aldo.
Mrs Hodgins, the former voice-of-reason, went to as far as suggesting Booth may still want to explore out there instead of tying the knot. Eight seasons of Angela watching Booth went to naught. Good on Dr Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne) for thinking there must be a reasonable explanation for Booth's strange decision. Strange writing, this episode shows.
The squintern chosen for Bones Season 9 premiere is Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo.) It's frustrating for many fans to see an aspiring Brennan instead of fun geeks on the show's ninth season launch.
As if making up for a lot of disappointing story developments, the showrunners signed in Freddie Prinze, Jr. as CIA Agent Danny Beck. Spoilers have revealed his words in this episode will resonate in Booth's psyche throughout the season.
Next week, Bones Season 9 revisits Tony and Roxy. Emily Deschanel promised in teasers that there will be some good old sweet moments in this episode. Now fans keep their fingers crossed. It does not seem to be the episode that kills Pelant, finally, but fans are hoping for the best.
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