I’m someone who has watched “Bones” on TV, on and off, since it started. I don’t have any great love for the series, but it was a suitable filler. For a while.
I recognise that “Bones” runs into the dual problems of 1) trying to remain original given the ground it has already covered and 2) trying to be original among the slew of crime procedural / forensics shows. It’s gone shock and gore to some extent – witness the lingering shots of bodies decomposing, or exploding / bubbling corpses. Every episode is heavily reliant on the magic forensics computer, able to do anything in 30 seconds “once you scan it in”, be it mapping, thread / dirt analysis or whatever needs to be shown to the audience (and said computer is managed by the flakey artist who was originally brought in to sketch faces because she was a friend of the lead character, but is now a magic computer expert).
But even so, there’s a line.
That line was well and truly crossed in “The Crack In The Code”, where the main villain manages to crash the magic forensics computer by carving a virus onto the bones of a victim that was then activated by the computer when it was scanned in. Said bone-carved virus was only obvious to people once the the bone was stained. I’m sure someone said “fractal” at some point as an explanation.
The virus made the computer catch on fire.
I’m not going to say, “I’m never watching ‘Bones’ again!”, because it’s the lead in to “Castle” so I may catch a few minutes of it. But that was certainly the stupidest thing I can remember seeing on what is meant to be a show with a semi-real forensics base.