First of all, a quick, big, smooching congratulations to my first BONES best pal, Lauren, on the birth of her beautiful daughter yesterday! Some of you from the old Boneyard days might remember her as laurensolo, author of the AMAZING fic series “Girl with the Key”, “Couple on the Steamboat” and “Man with the Diary”. Some of you don’t know her at all, but believe me when I say she’s awesome. I’m sure her new little squintern princess is also awesome.
Okay, back to BONES. This TFT is a little different in that it’s not that I’m listing the top five best spin-offs to come from BONES; it’s more that I want to see what you think might be good potential spin-offs.
Don’t get me wrong, I know this week’s “The Finder” ep is NOT a spin-off–it’s more just a crossover. (Sidenote: Am I the only one who is saddened that we have a Bones episode that doesn’t follow the same title format as every other single episode except for the pilot? I’m being genuine when I say I’m literally grieved and bummed out about it. I mean…why?!? I’m just so opposed. I really need to get over it. But I never will. For the sake of this post however…)
Since this week’s ep is NOT a spin-off, it got me to thinking…what might be some actual, legitimate spin-offs I could actually enjoy?
Here are five that came to mind, and then of course, you can weigh in as well.
The show could even be CALLED “Sweets”, and I’d be on board. For one thing, his character is young, so there is a lot of room for character development there. Sans Daisy, naturally! Plus, his job (and in this show, he’d actually do it!) would bring him into contact with really interesting people. Plus he’s a near genius, and all of that…yeah, I’d totally watch it. I think it also opens up the possibility of bringing BONES cast members on as special guests. I think John Francis Daley has the acting chops to pull off his own show, and I think the (sort of) Dougie Houser, MD-ness of his position at the FBI would make for an interesting dynamic. Sweets is sort of a ‘plot-pawn’, ever since Verdict in the Story (and before that, I guess), which is too bad. I think if that character had room to actually grow and develop, we’d see him make some mistakes, learn from them, probably get taken down a couple of notches, but also really…just grow up. And fall in love and all of that stuff. Now I really want it! I’m not saying I’d start “Sweets Theory” or anything like that, but I would totally watch it.
I think of all of the squinterns, he’s the one who is the most ‘down to earth’ or un-cartoonish. That was true even BEFORE this season when all of Brennan’s students seemed to have gone off the deep end. But Wendell is pretty steady. Like with Sweets, he’s young and smart and is pretty savvy but still has a lot to learn. He’s attractive enough, and the hockey jersey doesn’t hurt. 🙂
Neither does that! But he also seems like a genuinely good person, and I’ll be bummed when this show is over because it will mean no more Wendell on the screen.
Okay, okay, maybe not the woodchucks specifically, but certainly some sort of children in the sciences fictional show could really be fun. Confession–in my mind and on my desktop, like probably in a lot of your desk drawers, is a 1/2 finished manuscript that in my mind is a Bones Jr type book. Not to give away the ending or anything, but it’s a 10 year old boy (let’s see…mother is an anthropologist and his father is a police chief), and he and his friends learn lessons when they are transported through time to important anthropological discoveries. Of course, he also has a faithful dog! Haha, okay, I’ve said too much. But the point is…I can totally imagine that BONES would inspire and could inspire a lot of children toward science, and a show involving experiments and ‘safe’ cases could be really wonderful.
Obviously, Ian Wexler is no longer alive, and so technically, this could never happen. But I would absolutely watch a British version of “Bones” with good chemistry, gory cases and quick, witty banter. Pritchard and Wexler were both very cad-ish, so I don’t know that I would have really warmed up to them enough to love them on a B&B level, but it’s possible. And, are you thinking what I’m thinking? A UK version of BONES means an even greater likelihood of Stephen Fry as Gordon Gordon!!
While I completely hated the way he sort of returned to the lab and no one but Booth seemed to have a problem with it, I do wish that we’d had more episodes where they consulted with him on cases. And, I think while the audience for it might be kind of small, it would be kind of a cool show– to have a genius like Zack be locked away and consulted on cases. It doesn’t have to be B&B, it could be anything. Plus, there would be that mystery of why he was in there, what he’d done, surviving his surroundings, etc, etc. I’d watch it. At least twice!
Okay, enough from me. What other possibilities are there? Would you watch any of these shows? Yes, no, maybe so?
Let’s discuss, and while you’re doing that, I’ll be busy thinking of ways to change the title of this week’s episode. Hahahaha. Kidding. Sort of. Or not at all.
Peace, Love & Bones