‘The Finder’ Is Not So Much a ‘Bones’ Spinoff, But Wins With Geoff Stults’ Quirks [Advance Review]

The Finder is called a Bones‘ spinoff, but apart from having the same creator, being a procedural show and having a quirky main character, the two shows are pretty different. In fact, you really don’t need to have ever watched Bones to watch The Finder. Unlike Private Practice, which had connections to Grey’s Anatomy through its main character, The Finder doesn’t really have any connections to Bones, apart for that one episode which first introduced the characters. Which is not to say it’s a bad thing, but just to encourage people that don’t watch Bones to tune in to The Finder, you might fall in love with it.

The premise of the series is pretty simple, Iraq war veteran, Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) used to be the go-to guy to track down insurgents and deserters and finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during his time in the army. But after an exploding IED left Walter with severe brain damage, his skill expanded considerably, making him a “Finder.” What it means is that Walter can find pretty much anyone or anything and he won’t stop until he has found them.

To help him, Walter has his legal advisor, Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan) who “takes care of the money.” He also owns the Ends of the Earth bar, which him and Walter also use as their office.

You’ll also meet teenager Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson), who works the Ends of the Earth as part of her probation, under Leo’s protection from her gypsy family who raised her to be a criminal. And of course let’s not forget the “love interest,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masöhn), who has an interesting relationship with Walter, sometimes using him for her own gain. There is a pretty great scene in the premiere episode “An Orphan Walks Into a Bar” involving orange paint in which Walter finds a criminal for her.

In the premiere episode, we find Walter helping a teenage boy (guest star Brett Davern) locate his missing father, a military pilot whose plane vanished after embarking on an undisclosed mission. I think the episode sets up the show pretty well and give us a good idea of what to expect in future episodes.

Since I tend not to watch too many procedurals, I don’t know yet if I’ll continue watching The Finder, however I definitely want to give it a few additional episodes because there were quite a few things that I enjoyed, including:

1) Quirky Geoff Stults – I love how quirky Walter is, it’s quite endearing actually. He always has this big smile on his face and it’s hard not to smile yourself when you see it.

2) Finding Stuff – Yes, it might not sound like that exciting, but the whole premise of Walter being able to find things really interests me. Even though we don’t see much of it in the first episode, I hope the writers will explore a little bit more of the mechanics in future episodes.

3) The Glasses – Walter has some pretty neat glasses. (Case in point – see photo below)

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All in all the series has potential. In addition to Walter, I also enjoy Leo, and while I’m not crazy about the two female leads (especially the love interest), I hope they will be given more compelling story lines in future episodes.

Don’t forget to watch The Finder when it premieres tonight, January 12, at 9pm on FOX, right after the Winter finale of Bones.