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Bones: Season 8
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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The air might have gone out of this series after forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and FBI special agent Seeley Booth finally became a couple with a child last season. Happily for fans, the show has found new ways to keep things interesting and fun.

The end of the seventh season of "Bones" left Bones on the run with her infant child after being framed for murder by the highly skilled serial killer Christopher Pelant. The opening of the eighth season finds Booth and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian Institute trying to clear her name. Fortunately for the series, they succeed, although Pelant eludes justice to pose a future threat.

This eighth season continues to feature crime-of-the-week murders for Bones, Booth, and the Jeffersonian lab rats to solve through clever forensics and Booth's old-fashioned police work. One of the most interesting episodes is told through the eyes of the murder victim, with the assistance of a psychic (a well-cast Cindy Lauper). Another standout episode involves a group effort to resolve a cold case whose victim turns out to be a forgotten hero of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Outside the lab, Bones has an uncomfortable but touching period of readjustment to living with Booth, after her time on the run. Her changed perspective will lead to some of the most interesting conversations as she and Booth commute to crime scenes. Just to complicate things, staff psychiatrist Dr. Sweets will temporarily move in with the couple right after he breaks up with girlfriend Daisy, a technician in the lab. Series regulars Angela and Hodgins will have their own challenges as working parents. The continuing parade of interns through the Jeffersonian crime lab will feature in several episodes, and one of them will become a surprising emotional complication for Dr. Saroyan. Christopher Pelant will return to menace the team in a gut-wrenching season finale.

Tune in for the fun and crime-solving of the eighth and perhaps final season of Bones; highly recommended to its fans.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2013
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One of the things I liked most about "Bones" was that each season was pretty much self-contained. There were story arcs that spanned multiple episodes through the season (such as the Gravedigger and Gormogon storylines) and ongoing plot developments (such as the truth about Brennan's parents and Hodgins' and Angela's developing relationship) but by and large each season wrapped up the loose ends by or in the season finale. Unfortunately, that pattern has been broken with the introduction of Christopher Pelant. While I realize that the forensics team members require a challenge equal to their considerable abilities to keep the show interesting, some of Pelant's technological feats are, quite frankly, ridiculous and highly contrived. That, however, isn't the true problem with the concept. Pelant (much as Red John in "The Mentalist") is a loose end whom the writers have allowed to remain one step ahead of the protagonists and can continue to do so indefinitely. Eventually it gets tedious to sit through yet another Pelant episode knowing that, regardless of how brilliantly Booth, Brennan, and the squints work through the evidence and close in, the writers can and probably will reveal that it was yet another manipulative ploy by Pelant who had complete knowledge of what everyone was up to all along by spying on them through clock radios, microwave ovens, and other networked appliances and so could circumvent their efforts. Undoubtedly Pelant eventually will be brought to justice. The only extremely irksome question about that is how long the writers intend to milk the situation.

That said, the chemistry between Boreanaz and Deschanel remains as engaging as ever, and the humor (dark and morbid as it sometimes is) helps to keep the series fresh and well worth watching on the whole.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
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Chances are by now you know how you feel about Bones. If you have liked the show up to this point you will likely still enjoy this season. If you don't like it, this season will not do anything to change your mind because it really follows the same formula as it has the past few years.

I think the stories are still compelling and interesting enough to keep the show fun to watch. It does a good job of blending the case of the week stories with the ongoing story arcs. The main antagonist this season continues to be Pelant. The storyline from the last season which resulted in the end of the season cliffhanger is resolved quickly in Season 8. Pelant however keeps coming back throughout the season to make the lives of the team hell.

The show has kept the rotating interns that stemmed from the one story line from the show whose outcome I did not like, and that was having Zach written off the show. The show does a good job of actually giving them more to do that just being Brennan's sidekicks and it seems like the show is going to stick with that format for the foreseeable future.

Aside from the stretches that the show makes with reality which you either accept or not, the only thing that was completely unrealistic from this season was about Hodgins money. You have to suspend your disbelief for what happens initially, but I personally think the directon the show takes the aftermath is just dumb.

The rest of the season really revolves around Booth and Brennan as a couple, and as parents. I think that part of the story is well written and has done a good job of not making the relationship stale which is always the danger in bringing lead characters into a relationship.

For those who get the blu ray set, there are deleted scenes and commentary on some episodes, an "Ask Bones" feature where cast members answer questions submitted by fans, a short ultimate fan segment and a gag reel. Not a ton of extras but enough there if you do like going through that material. Also, the blu rays allow you to play it in season mode, so you can stop at any point and pick back up where you left off.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
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I just love this series. Each season ender makes you wonder if they will leave you hanging on the cliff waiting to see just what will happen next season....Yup! they did it again and I cannot wait to see what happens to Bones next season! What a GREAT show!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
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Nicely packaged (although one of the plastic disk holders broke in transit), clean design. I am not terribly fond of the list of disk contents being behind the disks on the front and back of the box. I am also frustrated that, for the ONE episode with audio commentary, it does not say WHO does the audio commentary on the outside or inside of the box (giving me the impression that the box art was completed before they knew who would be doing the commentary. I'm glad to have the episodes with captions, and I'll enjoy the extra tidbits, but there are very few "extras" and it seems they could provide more...maybe a commentary on 3-4 eps in the season, maybe with cast members who haven't done one before. I am pleased with the set and glad to have it, but I'd like it to be more developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This season should become a turning point in this series if they hear the voices in the wings.

First they need a unifying Element that brings the various episodes together instead of having a series of independent and autonomous episodes. They have been trying in different ways. First of all they bring in a nasty criminal who is trying to frame and then destroy every single member of the team for various reasons. This chap, Christopher Pelant, is a hi-tech genius and he is using the surveillance networks the recent NSA scandal has revealed to take over the whole society via the famous cloud over our heads. If it is possible for NSA to do it, it has to be possible for anyone who has the technological know how and equipment. Ask Snowden if you do not believe it. But this link remains too loose so far and it only comes into the picture a very few times, particularly in the opening and closing episodes but that is not enough to coalesce the various episodes into some kind of saga.

Then they develop, overdevelop actually, the personal levels, i.e. the personal and sentimental relations between the various members of the team and the interns. That is interesting but it has little to do at times with the story, with the episodes. It is even at times rather mushy on the whole and sentimentalese. There is a lot to do in this line but not as a flavoring, rather as a real dynamic element of the story line, of the plot.

The third element is some kind of societal approach of these crimes and these criminals but the series avoids, systematically according to me, the political level and hence the political criticism that should be developed against this society that is trying to take over all our freedoms and that more or less consider everyone as a potential criminal which then leads to the development of fear, unease and even discontent that leads in its turn to defensive or protective if not criminal activities against this Big Brother. This discourse is always present in the back of the most distant wings but the series itself avoids it.

In the same way the series that is dealing with hi-tech in the field of laboratory, health and other medical or biological sciences and practices. We could expect that here too the series developed a discourse that is never even approached though the series is dealing with it all the time: the danger this scientific and technological development contains in itself: the fact that it may lead the human species to a development that will have little to do with humanity. There is a lot to say about the imminent and extreme dangers this development can represent for our future as individuals, as free individuals and as a species. Machines that are going to be – so they say – more intelligent than men in 2050 will not need men any more and will get rid of these human animals and then they will establish a mechanical market economy without any buying public. The future is brilliant for a customer society without consumers. Brilliant Doctor Watson, brilliant! This series could really touch the problem from time to time.

The last element is the criticism against the market economy itself that can be hijacked into becoming a tremendous source of power and money for some who can manipulate this market economy to their advantage by using technology and medical or biological sciences to create some economic opportunities, including for a cure to a disease they spread themselves. This is approached in one episode particularly, “The Pathos of the Pathogens” but that is rather limited in effect because it is an isolated case.

The final criticism that is coming up in the series itself is the general attitude and tone of Bones herself, of Temperance who is a complete misnomer. She is not in anyway temporal, temperate or tempered with other people. She is excessive in all possible ways even abiusive. She bludgeons people with her knowledge, her science as if it were some aggressive object for some personal if not umbilical self-satisfied blunt force trauma imposed onto the contendents around her who should know better than question her judgment. She is vain and her science does not justify her humdrum and crushing tone all the time. In this season this came under fire in several episodes from various characters but will they be able to make her mature slightly so that she gets rid of this tone and starts feeling empathy for other people? So far they satisfied themselves with having her apologize in the worst cases of blunt scientific abuse to colleagues or bystanders.

Of course the bodies are gross, the bones are all broken and manhandled and the criminals are predictable most of the time and then the whole interest is to find out how they are going to be trapped with science and once or twice with bluffing situational pressure if not duress.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
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I love the series Bones and have all eight seasons on DVD that I have bought here through Amazon as I will season 9 when it comes out in Oct 2014. These dvd sets are high quality and have many bonus features thanks to 20th Century Fox. A must have for any Bones fan. Lots of footage with bloopers, bonus interviews and commentaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
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This is the greatest casts put together. Seely is so the part and only David Boreanaz can play that part,great!!! Same with Bones, Sweets, Hodges, etc.Thank you Hart Hanson for such a show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
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This is a great continuance of the Bones series! Anyone interested in the shows about crime solving and doesn't mind a bit of blood and guts should check this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
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I would always recommend all Bones fans to have the complete library of all episodes for future viewing. Its just the best show on TV!
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