Well, that was...
Hmm. In all eight seasons of Bones, we’ve never seen an episode quite like Monday’s Season 8, Episode 9: “The Ghost in the Machine.” Executive Producer Hart Hanson said to expect something “really trippy” and even “kind of risky,” and he wasn’t kidding.
In honor of it’s landmark 150th episode, Bones decided to film an entire episode shown from the eyes of the victim. No fancy editing. No closeups on people’s faces. The entire hour could only be told through the lens of what a tiny teenage skeleton would be able to see.
The resulting episode was quite a unique experience to watch. Overall, Bones executed the entire thing quite nicely. You can’t take a skeleton into an interrogation room — well, not most of the time, at least — but the show still found a way to include all of the elements needed to make the plot gel. We even got one of Booth and Brennan’s signature car drive scenes, though seen from quite a different angle, of course!
To be honest, we still don’t quite understand why everybody felt the need to talk to Colin’s remains so much. They never spoke directly to a set of remains before, right? And we still don’t entirely get why that fluffy puff of CGI smoke showed up so often in between scenes. But whatever. Let’s just go with it.
As a whole, “The Ghost in the Machine” turned out to be a quirky and fun twist on a usual Bones episode, and we were glad to get to be along for the ride. Would we want an episode like this every week? Probably not. But it was a neat little change of pace.
And quirky. Very quirky.