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Bones – Season One


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



Networks continue to dig deeper and deeper for hit television series, and this time FOX hit Bones.  Bones – Season One stars Angel alum David Boreanaz as a tough but caring F.B.I. agent (Seeley Booth) who seems to have some skeletons in his own closet, having previously been a Sharp Shooter in Iraq for the US Government.  Bones also stars actress Emily Deschanel as Agent Booth’s partner in crime solving Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan.  Dr. Brennan lacks an array of social skills almost to an extreme not understanding the emotions of grieving families, social references to film, TV, or sports and seldom does anything to get to know others.  While Dr. Brennan may lack most social skills she is one of the best forensic anthropologist in the entire world, working for both the FBI and one of America’s top museum (think The Smithsonian).


The name of each episode is dawned with an unemotional label such as ‘The Man in the Morgue’ or ‘The Super Hero in the Alley.’  The titles of each episode can possibly be alluding to two concepts, one being the title character has a great sense of detachment from people and/or that the deceased individuals are merely a faceless pile of bones until the great Dr. solves the crime.  Overall, each episode has aspects of mystery, suspense, drama, emotion, and elaborate science that is sure to excite all fans of other series such as CSI, Law and Order: SVU, or Numb3rs.


The main issue with Bones – Season One is the characters’ emotions and interactions with each other.  The writers of the series display Dr. Brennan as this unemotional genius that is haunted by her past, this haunted past theme continuing to several other characters on the series.  The problem with their portrayal of the title character in this manner is it disconnects her even beyond the fiction of the series, disconnecting audiences from her.  This reviewer found it somewhat disheartening and annoying to watch this character at times, waiting for her to take a chance or show some human emotion but that sense of life or pulse never coming until very late in the season.  Also Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth have an intended sexual tension from the first episode to the last, that works on some levels and not others due to Dr. Brennan’s weird attitude and Booth’s tainted past.  Overall, the season was entertaining to say the least but some negative aspects of this particular season must be fixed if this series is to survive.


On a positive note, two particular episodes stood out ‘The Woman in the Tunnel’ and ‘The Man with the Bone,’ two episodes riddled with the mystery of treasure.  This idea of treasure, pirates, and so for forth has been well explored in films such as Indiana Jones and the recent National Treasure, but little has been done on television.  This reviewer found those two episodes to be some of the best for this season and hopes that in the future this and other series will further this intriguing concept of lost treasures.


The guts and bones of this DVD Season Set are nothing to scoff at, but do need some flesh added.  The DVD picture is presented in clear anamorphic Widescreen that does at time shave some light/dark issues that could easily be fixed.  The Sound is presented in the common Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround that is adequate but at times sounds distant and muffled, but does not detract greatly from the lab atmosphere of the series.  The extras on this DVD Season set are not very interesting and a little sparse.  Some features include a segment entitled ‘Squints’ about the nerds of the lab and a second featurette on the woman the title character ‘Bones’ was based on (Yes folks she is real…somewhat).  The only feature that held interest was the few audio commentaries on select episodes.


In the end, Bones is a mesh between the hit series CSI and Numb3rs with its own personal contributions to the forensic world.  This particular series shows heart and a cast of talented writers, if a few dramatic elements are tweaked this series could grow greatly.  For forensic entrepreneurs this DVD set is a must buy, and for casual watchers tune into season two on FOX Wednesdays to see how the series has grown.  Bones is a good series with promise; let’s just hope there is no osteoporosis here.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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