Bones: Season 2, Episode 10

The Headless Witch in the Woods (29 Nov. 2006)

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The headless skeleton of a young man is found in a state forest. Brennan and Booth's investigation becomes entangled in the local legend of a woman who was decapitated as a witch in the 1780s and is said to still haunt the forest.

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Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
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A forest ranger shows Booth and Bones the decapitated body of a young man found by hikers, at the site near talismans and killed in the way of the 18th-century legendary murdering witch Maggie Cinders, with an ax from her period, handle in an extinct birch species. It's missing film student Graham Hastings, found lying on his video camera, which recorded his panic with assistant Lori Mueller just before his bloody death. The project's surviving member, Brian Andrews, now gets the $30,000 film grant he originally lost out on against Graham and the co-production with their film professor Nate Gibbons is even selected for the Sundance film festival. Lori was quickly returned to institutional psychiatry. Graham's brother, Will Hastings, actually charms Bones. Dendrology allows Hodgins and Montenegro to identify the murder spot in the wood from Graham's elaborate video shooting, a scary task making her cuddle up to him. Lori may have found out her lover Graham was systematically unfaithful... Written by KGF Vissers

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Joshua Leonard appears as a film professor (and a suspect). He was one of the filmmakers and stars of The Blair Witch Project (1999), the movie from which this episode seems to have been derived. See more »

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[Booth has arrested Will, he joins Brennan in her office]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I sure know how to pick 'em, don't I?
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Well, you know, our perceptions are always colored by what we hope, what we fear, what we love. We do the best we can.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: I'm afraid my best isn't good enough. I can read bones, not people.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: Oh, you know, you had no trouble seeing through me.
[smiles at her and she smiles back]
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: It's a good thing I like being alone.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: You know what, Bones? You're not alone. Okay?
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Bones Witch project
12 March 2008 | by (Earth 616) – See all my reviews

Temperance and Booth deal with the death of a film student , which strangely involves an 18th century witch. They observe some footage shot by the students themselves and then meet with the victim's elder brother who appears to have a lot in common with Temperance. Also, Booth and Dr Saroyan's relationship goes out in the open forcing him to redefine his relationship with Dr Brennan.

This episode is rather predictable and somewhat lacks tension even with the presence of multiple potential criminals. The whole "Blair Witch Project" approach seems nice on paper but could be executed in a much better and satisfying way. It actually looks closer to the first season with supernatural elements that do not fit so well into the main story. But not everything is bad. The chemistry between Booth and Brennan is still running strong and manages to save things up. Also we observe more of Dr Brennan's poor social skills and her obsession about her parent's death. Hodgin's and Angela's relationship also continues to unfold.

In all, a solid episode, though not as good as the rest of the season so far...


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