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David Boreanaz (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) stars as F.B.I. Agent Seeley Booth, who teams up with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes ever. Booth depends on clues from the living, witnesses and suspects, while Brennan gathers evidence from the dead, relying on her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the bones of the victims. Their different investigative styles cause the two to frequently clash, creating an undeniable chemistry and just the right touch of dark humor. Inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs and state-of-the-art criminal investigation procedures, Bones is a compelling, cutting edge television.
A taut series filled with drama as well as great chemistry between its two lead stars, Bones is a strong addition to Fox's television lineup. Debuting in 2005 to favorable critical reviews, the series shares an audience of fans with the CSI franchise. Smartly written and well-acted, the first season of Bones focuses on the collaborations between FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), whom Booth somewhat sarcastically nicknames "Bones." Each of the 22 episodes follows a premise well-known to regular viewers of crime dramas--a murder has been committed and a body found. The team's job is to figure out who the victim is, how he or she was killed, and how it was done; that part doesn't differ from other shows on television. What sets the show apart is the humor injected into the episodes (Boreanaz is particularly good at delivering wry lines). There's some wicked humor in the episode focusing on Brennan's attempts at dating, which is nicely offset by the horrific crimes she has to deal with. And for a show with such attractive leads, Bones doesn't make a huge point of dwelling on any possible attraction between the pair. Rather, it takes advantage of their playful bantering, which is more akin to that of bickering siblings than repressed lovers--for this season, anyhow. The series is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs (who stars in one of the featurettes on the four-disc set). In a nice play on art imitating reality, Kathy Reichs also is the name of the heroine in the murder mysteries that Dr. Brennan writes on the side. By the end of the season, viewers will learn enough about the characters to care, but not enough to completely understand why they are the way they are. That is an ongoing mystery. --Jae-Ha Kim
Beyond Bones: The Complete First Season
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- "Bones - Inspired by the Life of Forensic Anthropologist & Author Kathy Reichs" Featurette
- "Squints" Featurette
- "The Real Definition" Featurette
- Character Profiles
- 22 episodes on four discs
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Oh how I've missed these folks. How great it was to be reintroduced to gorgeous buff Seeley, the deep voiced handsome director at the Smithsonian, Hodgins the curly headed conspiracy theorist, the chronic PhD candidate-lab rat Zach, sexy artistic creative Angela, and then there's socially challenged Bones with her big brain and pretty expressive eyes. Hearing again Seeley's jokes and labels given to the "squints" are still laugh out loud funny. Watching Seeley's admiration grow with each solved crime. It's amazing how Brennan can tell a story with just bones. The rest of the team uses whatever else is found in and around the bones to assist in the apprehension of the bad guys & girls.
Each episode is a creative story based on the books by Kathy Reichs. In the TV series it seems as though the characters have taken on a voice of their own. These episodes are often both fun & sometimes gross to watch, but there's also poignancy, anger, energy, excitement, suspense and a mystery.
Brennan's insensitivity shows she has a lot to learn. The anticipation of what she'll say next or how she'll respond during a situation increased my enjoyment of the show.
Since it's been so long since I first watched this DVD set (five years), each episode still has a lot of surprises. Seeley was the best person to join the Jeffersonian group. He balanced out many of their quirks. He and Temperance were perfect partners. The rational scientific mind and the intuitive gut hunches combine to be great crime solvers. I eagerly look forward to finding out more about Bones' family. Wonder what will Hodgins and Angela do? Is Zach going to be forced to leave to finally finish his PhD? What will happen with Seeley, his son and his romances? I'll be beginning Season 2 later on today. I can't wait!!
There are two or three more incidents like that in later episodes. Even better is when Brennan brandishes a huge silver revolver, which I can only guess is a 357 Magnum, but without the long barrel on Harry Callahan's revolver. Another stand-out episode is when the whole gang is trapped in the lab when it is shut down by a quarantine, over Christmas. A third is a late episode starring Adam Baldwin in his classic "loose cannon" kind of role which began in "Full Metal Jacket" and "Firefly."
I actually rather like the role of Dr. Daniel Goodman as "the Boss" in place of Camille Saroyan, who replaces him in season 2, because she becomes, after about half a dozen episodes, not much more that "one of the guys" as Brennan reclaims her role as alpha dog (she is even above the "king of the lab" game between Zack and Hodgins).
The one thing I noticed is that within that one season, Booth and Brennan got so close that Season 2 seemed to be dedicated to putting some distance between them. I also like the character of Sam Cullen, Booth's boss, who brings a sense of reality to the fact that sometimes Booth seems like he can do anything he wants, without FBI management and direction. He and his family play an especially poignant role in this season's episode 20.
brilliant cast and humor galore that should keep many a folk happy. The choice of Emily Deschanel who I had never heard of before (I knew of her equally beautiful sister Zooey) as Dr Temperance
(Bones) Brennan along with David B. (can't spell his name!)was a brilliant bit of casting. She is a great actress whether she is a humanitarian or a self-centered bitch. And she is so
beautiful to watch. Angela and Hogkins along with Mr Goodman are also great choices. The first two seasons I call "pristine" because they set the table for Bones & Booth to become identifiable
personages and develop their personalities. Their interplay & bickering remind me much of Ron Weasley & Hermminie interplay in the HARRY POTTER series which of course I purchased in the entirety
from AMAZON. Also reminds me of Capt. Kirk & Spock relationships. Some of the sexual blather bothers me a bit for a prime time show but I guess that's the way things are today. Never-the-less
I give five stars to this season and the rest of the seasons to FOX for the superb overall production quality of the films. Nice goody gore touches also!
Note to FOX: for future seasons from 9 on, bring back Zach, dump the moron Dr Sweets and give more time to Bones, Booth, Angela, Hogkins & Cammile: love them all!
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Get series - really enjoyed it.
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