I quite liked the dialogue dynamic of the Finder trio, so I didn't mind the obvious spin-off set up.
If you ever watch Bones or The Mentalist, having not seen them before, I heavily suggest you watch all the episodes from the start, in order and as close together as possible. Although there is a certain formula and each episode is pretty much self-contained, there is ALSO very important story and character development over the seasons. The details of the wider stories are much easier to appreciate when you see episodes in-order and back-to-back.
I love the personalities of the cast in Bones, they get a much more prominent airing than any of the cast in The Mentalist that are not the lead role. The overarching stories in Bones are more prominent than the overarching stories in The Mentalist, which is why I like Bones more.
David Boreanaz was never my type. His forehead seemed squashed on top of his deep set eyes, which made him look like a stupid cave-man to me. Then there was an episode of Bones where Dr Brennan takes off Seeley Booth's (David Boreanaz's) clothes in the lab, down to his boxers, because he has evidence (a body) splattered all over them. My jaw dropped. David Boreanaz's body suddenly became my standard for male body perfection. The perfect 10.
Who knew it was there under all those stupid suits?
Edited, May 30th 2011 12:47pm by Aripyanfar
I don't think that reverance or respect for the dead needs the dead to be hidden from sight completely. It is the attitude that you bring, as a witness to a dead body, that matters, not the display and witnessing of a dead body, per se.