'Bones': What to expect from the Season 6 premiere

bones-season-6-premiere.jpgEveryone at "Bones" knows what a watershed moment the start of Season 6 is for the series. It's evident from the first moments of the premiere, "The Mastodon in the Room," which we know -- because we just watched it.

The first "Bones" of the new season is always greeted by Zap2it with the kind of fervor most reserve for Christmas morning or Rex Manning Day, so you can imagine the scrambling to find the uninterrupted time and a quiet place that ensued when it found its way to us earlier today. Our thoughts, with only the lightest, most respectful spoilers, ahead...

Season 6 opens with a kind of cinematic grandeur and intensity that's almost disarming in how unfamiliar it is -- in a good way, of course. "Bones" has always operated within very clearly defined parameters. Even during Season 4's London outing, it all seemed to be a part of the series' very fixed world. And that world is now expanding, not just in locations, but in issues and character quirks we never saw coming.

So what can be shared about "The Mastodon in the Room" while honoring the metaphor-laden episode with the appropriate amount of ambiguity? Here are just a few tidbits.

Cam's situation:
While the Jeffersonian gang's return to save Cam's ( Tamara Taylor) job is indeed about identifying a corpse, the specific case is not the reason her job's in jeopardy. What has her in hot water with the higher-ups will likely remain an issue throughout the season.

Intern deathwatch:
Earlier production claims of a squint death at the hands of Season 6's upcoming serial sniper, that were then sort of rescinded, seem less likely after having seen the premiere -- and not for the reason you'd expect.

A Parisian souvenir:
Alright, this one's a biggie, but given FOX's choice to reveal it in their most recent promos (see below), we feel obliged to acknowledge that the episode confirms Angela ( Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins' ( T.J. Thyne) speculated pregnancy.

The Mastodon is Hannah:
And she's still invisible. As Zap2it was first to report in July, Hannah ( Katheryn Winnick) doesn't make her first official appearance until the second episode, so we're afraid you're going to have to slowly tug at that band-aid for a whole other week.

All in all, it's just a really fun season premiere that will entertain the fans tired of the romance and bait the rest of us still holding out for a Booth ( David Boreanaz) and Brennan ( Emily Deschanel) love connection.

Look at your calendars. September 23 is sooner than you think. .



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