As season five of Bones draws ever nearer (Thursday, September 17th, according to our 2009-10 calendar) there’s one primary question that needs to be answered: who will becomes Bones’ permanent assistant?
After Zack decided go nutso at the end of season three, Bones and the other Squints have had to deal with a small cadre of interns who have tried to live up to Mr. Addy’s qualifications (except the deranged killer thing). While there was no true front-runner at the end of season four, and it looks like season five will continue with the Intern-Go-Round, we can always speculate on who would be the best fit for Dr. Temperance Brennan.
Clark Edison — Clark has been around the longest — since the season three premiere. This gives him the advantage of working the most with the team. He has the knowledge, and, as Bones said when trying to make a final intern decision, he’s the most astute. The only problem with him is his social skills, which are this side of a brick. He refuses to take part in the informal conversations of the other Squints, making him either the strongest or weakest candidate.
Daisy Wick — Daisy is probably the least likely candidate to be made permanent. Her kiss-ass, idolizing attitude toward Dr. Brennan is very off-putting, causing her to be fired twice. Perhaps some influence by her boyfriend, Dr. Lance Sweets, can change the tide.
Vincent Nigel-Murray — My personal favorite to be picked. Deemed by Bones as the most intelligent, Vincent has the super ability of spewing out useless facts of information during murder investigations. Turns out, these nonsensical items are Vincent’s way of coping with the vast pressures of the job. These have been reduced as of late, making him a better intern. Plus, he has a British accent — always a plus.
Wendell Bray — Out of all the interns, Wendell is my least favorite. This is due to his, um, normalcy. Where the other interns have their share of quirks, Wendell is downright dull when working amongst Bones and the Squints. Granted, Temperance thinks he has potential, and Booth likes his normalcy. He may have an outside chance.
Colin Fisher — At first, Colin was my least favorite. His constant pessimism about his own skills and his drab life were more sad than funny. However, Mr. Fisher has grown on me and I’ve enjoyed his other appearances. That doesn’t mean that he’s at the top of my list; yet, I would probably pick Wendell over Colin.
And now, the underdogs…
Scott Starret – You might not remember Scott as he was an early intern in the rotation. Played by Michael Badalucco, Scott was the best intern and should have been considered right there and then as Zack’s permanent replacement. Obviously, the producers of Bones went the whole ‘Round Robin Intern’ concept, which took Scott out of the running. However, should they ever decide to end that concept, and Badalucco is available, well….
Zack Addy — I know there are many fans of the young Dr. Addy out there, and they won’t like the statement that Zack shouldn’t return as Bones’ assistant. By the time he went to the Other Side, Zack was even more Spock-like than Temperance is on a normal day. The Squints need someone to balance Dr. Brennan’s anal-retentativeness; Zack is not that person.
So, what do you folks think? Who should become Bones’ new intern?