Getting to the Bare Bones of the Gormogon Killer

I am, or rather was, a huge fan of Bones; I related to it more because of David Boreanaz and the onscreen chemistry he shares with Emily Deschanel’s character, Temperance Brennan, aka Bones, rather than because it is a show that uses forensic science to solve crime. I don’t mean to belittle the show in any way – they get their facts right, if not anything else, but I did take exception to the way they finished the Gormogon case. Come on, how do you expect me (and thousands of others) to believe that Zack, someone who has been a major part of the crime-solving team, is Gormogon’s apprentice, the one who helped him steal the skeleton from the Jeffersonian and the one who killed the lobbyist at his behest?

And that leads me to the question – can someone who is so actively involved in solving crime become a criminal themselves? Yeah, the producers of Bones will argue that Zack was a creature of logic and not emotions, that he felt a connection with the master cannibal, that he firmly believed that members of secret societies were detrimental to human beings as a whole and that they were expendable. But where is the logic behind eating human flesh? Where is the logic behind drowning a young child (as Gormogon tried to do in the episode where Booth chases him)?

Bones tells Zack that his logic was flawed, that he accorded importance to Hodgins’ life over keeping his identity a secret, and that he valued one human life over the well-being of all humans in general (according to his logic). In my book, it’s the producers who got their logic wrong – they had to throw the book at someone in the Jeffersonian, and they picked on Zack.

Coming back to my question, I guess it is possible for someone on the side of the law to leave the straight and narrow path and turn to crime, but there must be a strong enough reason to do so. And as far as I can see, Zack did not have such a reason. You hear of men and women (who are dedicated to solving crime) turning vigilantes and taking the law into their own hands to seek retribution for crimes committed against their loved ones; these are crimes of passion and anger, not ones that are coldly calculated for no reason whatsoever.

Forensic science demands an analytical mind, one that is able to compartmentalize. There’s hardly any room for emotions of the softer kind when you’re surrounded by bones and rotting flesh most of your working day. Maybe that’s why Zack and Brennan fit in so well in a sterile atmosphere, why they excel at what they do. But it certainly doesn’t explain why a forensic scientist, and one who is exceptionally brilliant at that, would stoop to becoming a common henchman for a criminal with a twisted mind.