The High Five Podcast Episode 36 – Horror-Themed Comic Flicks From The 20th Century

Do you like comics? Do you dig horror? Then you should be into at least a few of these comic-based horror movies — some of which became franchises! Did I miss anything major? Let me know in the comments!

If you’re curious about my earlier thoughts about some of these films, I’ve got links! The Crow comic, the craziness of Swamp Thing, Swamp Thing, Return Of Swamp Thing, Blade and Blade II!

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Just Finished Bones Season 5

Well we finally got caught up with Bones. Well, the Bones DVDs to be specific. They actually came out a while back and the first one went to the very top of our Netflix Queue and there it sat not until we got said disc, but until the show became available on Netflix Instant like the four previous seasons (which I talked about here). The show’s sixth season is currently on TV, but we haven’t been watching because 1) we hadn’t seen Season 5 and 2) it’s on Thursdays, the busiest TV night of the year (I already have to choose between Big Bang Theory and Community, so adding Bones into the mix would make things even more difficult.

As readers and fans of the show will remember, the fourth season ended with Booth discovering he has a brain tumor and going through surgery before an episode featuring an alternate universe where Bones and Booth are married all of which played heavily into this season. As Booth gets approved for active duty again in the opener we find out that he’s having trouble doing some of the things he once did, but he’s also dealing with feelings of love for Bones. One theory is that he feels that way because it’s leftover from the dream world, which he apparently spent quite a deal of time in while he was unconscious. The other is that he’s always had a thing for her and it’s just coming to the surface. I know I said I like that the writers had kept Bones and Booth strictly platonic for so long, but I actually liked how they handled this idea for the most part (more on that in a little bit).

Meanwhile Bones and her gang have been doing their regular jobs as scientists while Booth’s been away and are all pretty excited to get back into the murderer-finding game. One thing that surprised me about this season was that it seemed as though the gore got quite an upgrade. I’ve seen hundreds of horror movies of all shapes and sizes, yet there were a few moments that made even me cringe (at one point, a body that had been soaking is lifted up and it’s skin slides right off! The same thing happened within the first three or four seasons of CSI if memory serves. It didn’t bother me, I was just surprised with some of the blood and guts stuff they were able to get away with on TV. Well, it IS Fox.

The season had a few stunt episodes, though, I’ll be honest, I didn’t even notice one of them. “The Gamer in the Grease” does the ol’ “what would it be like if someone killed a famous person” idea, but with the stars of the amazing old school video game documentary King Of Kong. Essentially someone killed the Steve Weibe analog and everyone thought it was the Billy Mitchel guy. As if that wasn’t geeky enough, there’s also a subplot with three of the male characters waiting in line to see Avatar, one of which is played by Joel Moore who was in that movie (something I didn’t remember while watching). There was also a Simpsons-themed episode called “The Dwarf in the Dirt” that apparently featured Homer’s skull as an X-ray, which I didn’t notice. Actually, it’s not really Simpsons-themed, but more so filled with Simpsons references, like the inclusion of Homer voice provider Dan Castellaneta as a cop and one of the midget wrestlers going by Bumblebee Man. While both might sound rather gimmicky, they didn’t really come off that way because, as with most aspects of the show, the writers offer enough other elements to latch onto aside from the gimmicks.

Okay, back to the Booth and Bones relationship. Here be SPOILERS if you’re behind. Early on in the season we discover that Booth is in fact in love with Bones, but he doesn’t let her know it yet. For several episodes it’s near agonizing as they still work together and yet nothing is ever mentioned. And then it is. Booth comes out and tells Bones how he feels and then, like a flash, it’s over. Bones quotes that old chestnut about how crazy people keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I really didn’t quite understand what she was saying. Was she implying that they had tried being together? She also said it’s against the rules for them to continue working together if they’re dating. Bones seemed to really throw her walls up and now Booth has to as well. I wish this scene had been handled better with a little more time explaining exactly what was happening because it was a little confusing.

If you are the romance lover, though, there were a few things for you to latch onto. First off, Angela got with Bones’ intern Wendell before finally getting back together and marrying Hodgins towards the end of the season, though not telling their friends for a few more episodes. We’re also shown a time when Bones and Booth ALMOST hooked up in the episode “The Parts in the Sum of the Whole” which also happened to be the show’s 100th. It’s kind of a Year One type thing showing the very first time Bones and Booth teamed up, which was a year before the events of the very first episode. It’s interesting to see how they both influenced each other, even back then and how they almost hooked up one night.

Overall, I really liked the season, still think it’s leaps and bounds better than the getting cornier-by-the-episode Castle and once again find myself wanting to get caught back up again. Now we just need to get Zach back into the picture and I’ll be super duper happy!

Tale Of The Tape: Bones vs. Castle

When I first heard the pitch for Castle–a male writer follows around a female cop for research–I thought it sounded like a gender reversed Bones. That being said, I had only seen a few episodes of Bones and was wooed by Nathan Fillion’s charm (plus the fact that Castle doesn’t conflict with any other shows we watch) and became a regular Castle watcher. But, after watching four seasons of Bones in about a month, I figured the blogging world could benefit from a side by side, tale of the tape comparison between the two shows about crime fighting pairs in which one of the members happens to also write books. And away we go. Continue reading Tale Of The Tape: Bones vs. Castle

Digging Through Bones

Bones is one of those shows that I always liked, but never kept up on. I remember watching the very first episode based on my like of David Boreanaz from Buffy and Angel and I’ve watched random episodes here and there but it always seemed to be on opposite other shows I was already a fan of.

The show’s a procedural crime drama that pairs FBI Agent Seeley Booth (Boreanaz) with forensic anthropologist/author Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) who works for a fictional government run museum called the Jeffersonian which is an analog for the Smithsonian. Bones works with a group of fellow scientists which has staid mostly consistent over the series’ currently five seasons (though only the first four are on Netflix instant). Each episode finds them solving a murder investigation which pits Bones’ no-nonsense, incredibly logical and literal genius mind with Booth’s vast real life people skills against the murderers who of course always get interviewed early on, lie and get away with it until science and intuition solve the case.

While Bones’ too-literal and often callous comments do get a little grating (you’ll find yourself asking “doesn’t she EVER learn?”), I still really enjoy her interactions with Booth and how she does seem to be learning how to act like a normal human being and not a logical robot over the four seasons (we’ve seen some of the Season 5 episodes, but only  a few).

We went through the entire first four seasons in a little under four weeks, I think, which should show how much we liked it. I think what sets Bones apart from other procedural shows is that the characters seem interesting, fleshed out and well performed. Boreanaz and Deschanel are pitch perfect in their roles and the side characters like Angela Montenegro, Jack Hodgins, Cam Saroyan, Zack Addy and Lance Sweets all feel equally fleshed out. I’ve watched other shows like the various CSIs, Castle and various Law & Orders, but none of them have really grabbed me as much as Bones and I think it all boils down to the characters, because, let’s be honest, these shows all kind of dip into the same well when it comes to stories.

You know the drill, for every story about a woman getting killed by her husband who’s really a criminal type stories, you’ll get something about weird sex stuff (Furries on CSI, horse play on Bones) or the oft-used “what if an analog for a celebrity got killed?” While some of the plots might seem kind of groan-worthy at first look, the writers put an interesting enough spin on things to make them seem if not fresh, at least not sour and old.

Oh, and geeks will probably appreciate this show. Definitely science geeks. Heck, they’re practically the superheroes of this show. But, there’s also a good deal of comic and sci-fi geekiness, though I will admit that the episodes that followed a dead comic geek (who of course dressed up as a homemade hero with his geekier friends) and the one set in a Comic-Con-like setting might be a little insulting to more sensitive fans (though, honestly, the comic episode did get on my nerves). Seeing Booth read an old Green Lantern comic in the bathtub and especially seeing Bones and Cam dress up as Wonder Woman and Catwoman respectively definitely help matters.

Even with as much as I love the show and want to get caught up on the latest season, I do have a few complaints. Bones still rags on Booth’s religion almost always which seems like she should calm down on because they’re partners. Even if she doesn’t believe in religion, doesn’t mean she should make fun of it to her friend who does believe. My other big complaint about the series has some serious SPOILERS, so skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want things spoiled. The third season has an overarching story about a serial killer/cannibal called Gormogon. Gormogon always has an apprentice and it turns out at the end of the season that Zack Addy–a young scientist who was possibly more aloof and logical than Bones, yet the kid brother of the lab–was in fact Gormogon’s apprentice and apparently killed  a man. I was shocked. It really didn’t wash with me story-wise. I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one whose craw this stuck in because at some point in Season 4, Addy shows up to help solve a case and also admits to Sweets (who is an FBI shrink) that he didn’t actually kill the guy, but told Gormogon where to find him. It still bums me out because the story seemed lame and wasted a great character for nothing really. I do appreciate the rotating cast of Bones’ new grad students which includes Carla Gallo and Joel Moore!

Okay spoilers over. Well kind of. Now I’m going to talk about the Season 4 series finale in detail, so I guess this is SPOILER territory too if you haven’t seen the whole series. It turns out towards the end of the fourth season that Booth has a brain tumor, which explains why he’s been seeing ghosts and talking to people who aren’t really there (like Stewie from Family Guy). The actual last episode of the series is an alternate reality story that takes all the characters and settings of the regular series and flips the script. In this reality Booth and Bones are married and own a club called The Lab which uses the lab set with a few alterations. All the side characters going back a pretty good amount of time show up in one form or another and there’s also some really clever mentions of other aspects of the previous seasons. We actually saw this episode last year and enjoyed it, but nowhere near as much this time around because we got all the in jokes. I’m sure it was also good for the more romantic fans out there to see Booth and Bones together, though I really appreciate the fact that they’ve staid just partners so far. It just makes sense that way to me.

So, we’re all finished, but now we need the fifth season to end so we can catch up on what’s going on. I’ve never wanted a time traveling DVR more!