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Bones The Complete Series

Fox // Unrated // June 13, 2017
List Price: $169.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by John Sinnott | posted July 8, 2017 | E-mail the Author
The Show:



Like Castle or White Collar, Bones is
another in a long line of crime show that pair two unlikely
partners. While they don't get along at the start, over the course
of the show the two learns about each other, grow closer, and put a
lot of murderers behind bars. That's pretty much what happens in
Bones, and after a very impressive 12-season run the program has
finished its time on the small screen and that means it's time for a
compete series set. This massive 64-disc collection includes all 245
episodes and some decent bonus material (unfortunately all of it
previously released) in a nice new case. It's a decent show that
starts off slow but builds steam as it goes along.



Based on a series of books by Kathy Reichs, the show revolves around
Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a brilliant forensic
anthropologist with little-to-no social skills, and Seeley Booth
(David Boreanaz - Buffy/Angel) a tough and personable FBI agent.
Brennan's expertise is identifying people from their largely or
completely decomposed remains, and Booth ropes her (and her team) in
on cases where her experience will prove useful. And useful she is.
Brennan, who Booth playfully nicknames "Bones," can discern where,
when, and how a person was killed from as little as three
quarter-sized bone fragments.



Rounding out Brennan's team who work at the fictional Jeffersonian
Institute in Washington DC are the 'squints' as Booth refers to
them: Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) is an entomologist who studies
the bugs that are usually found inside decomposing corpses and
believes in most conspiracy theories; Angela Montenegro (Michaela
Conlin), a free-spirit artist who specializes in facial renderings
from skulls; Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), a graduate student who has
even less social skills than Brennan; and (later is the show) Dr.
Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) as a psychologist who provides
comic relief; and (much later) FBI Agent James Aubrey (John Boyd).



While Brennan and her team provide Booth with valuable leads, the
place where they clash is on how to go about deciding who actually
committed the murder. While the agent believes in going with his gut
instincts, the scientist will only look at hard evidence and doesn't
pay much heed to Booth's hunches. Yet, as is common in most of these
type of shows, there's an undeniable attraction between the two that
everyone can see except them.



The show is decent, solid entertainment, but it does start off on
rocky ground. Brennan is a bit too perfect.  Not only is she a
brilliant, attractive scientist, but she speaks several languages
and is an expert in hand-to-hand combat.  In one episode the
110 lb Brennan takes out a beefy, highly trained FBI agent... who
has a gun on her... while she has both hands literally tied behind
her back.  That calls for more than a little suspension of
disbelief.  is a In the first season the writers were still
getting a handle on the characters and this results in some
predictable mysteries and some bland episodes. In the early episodes
the shows follow a set formula for the most part: there are three
characters who introduced while Booth and Brennan investigate a
murder, Booth thinks one is the criminal, Brennan thinks it's
another, and the real murderer is the third. The humor doesn't work
in season one either (though the show never truly gets funny, the
first season is the worst) and the jokes, which often involve the
brilliant scientists not understanding the way the real world works,
mostly fall flat. 



This show, since it deals closely with science, requires a bit more
suspension of disbelief than your run of the mill detective series.
In one episode they talk about getting a bullet's striations (used
to match the gun it was fired from) from the bone that the bullet
passed through. The writers apparently didn't know that bullets spin
and therefore would not leave the pattern in a bone. There are a lot
of things like that which occur throughout the series, but the only
one that I had a hard time swallowing was the "Angelator." This
fictional device is a machine that can, when given information from
a skull, produce a 3D holographic image of the victim's face along
with their hair style and even their race. (Race is a social
construct rather than a scientific classification. There is no
genetic or skeletal cues that identify race, so it wouldn't be
possible for a machine to assign a race based on a skull.) They also
use the Angelator to crudely reconstruct murders. It's just a silly
device and the show would be much stronger without it.



While the show does have its flaws, the strength is in the
characters and their interactions. As the show progresses, Booth and
Brennan's backgrounds are fleshed out (including the mystery of the
disappearance of Temperance's parents) as well as the rest of the
cast. Deschanel and Boreanaz have a lot of chemistry on camera and
as the series progressed I found myself liking them more and more.
Consequently it was easier and easier to overlook the (admittedly
minor) errors in science or plotting. As the series went on the
writing improved too. The twists were more unexpected, the plots
were tighter, and the show just became a lot more fun. While it
never became a truly great show, when all is said and done it is
very good.



The DVDs:





This complete series set is just the 12 individual seasons that were
previously released bundled together in a press-board container with
a slipcase. Once opening the box you'll find the original season
sets, each individually sealed. Unfortunately there is not a bonus
disc or even a commemorative booklet that is unique to this
collection.



Video:



As you would expect from a series that premiered in 2005, the video
quality is very good. The image is clean and clear and there are no
digital defects that will bother viewers. Granted, this is a DVD so
it's not as crisp as a high definition Blu-ray, but that's just the
nature of the beast.



Audio:



The show arrives with a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix (as well as optional
subtitles) that is perfectly adequate for the show. Most of the
sound comes from the front, but occasionally there will be a sound
effect thrown to the rears. A decent mix for a TV show.



Extras:



As I mentioned earlier, there isn't any bonus disc or book included
with this collection. The extras are all on the individual season
sets, and they're okay. Each season has a gag reel, some deleted and
extended scenes, and a few commentary tracks (the latter stops after
season 9). There are also a couple of featurettes sprinkled through
the 12 seasons including a Comic-Con panel and a retrospective on
the show. Overall I wasn't wowed by the bonus material, but it was
decent.



Final Thoughts:



Bones is a very solid and decent mystery show and this complete set
allows viewers to binge watch the whole series as quickly as they
would like. Though there are some flaws, the program gets better as
it goes and the characters are quite strong. Recommended.

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