Bones: Season 2
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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.
Beginning with the death of a senator and ending with a marriage, the second season of Bones builds on the momentum created during the Fox drama's debut year. Bones' sophomore season (which includes all 21 episodes that originally aired during 2006-2007) centers 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 has nicknamed "Bones." While Booth doesn't completely believe in Bones' method, he can't argue with her success rate at solving crimes. As for Bones, she is meticulous at what she does and is a borderline genius, but she has issues. Seemingly oblivious to her own good looks, she is all but socially inept. Booth may be blunt, but he's comfortable dealing with the public. Bones, on the other hand, would rather be sequestered away with the dead, trying to figure out what happened before their uncertain deaths. Of course, while viewers can see that Bones and Booth would be a perfect couple, the characters aren't quite there yet. Their friendship becomes a little more complicated this season when it turns out that Bones' new demanding boss, Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), is a former girlfriend of Booth's. And the two women aren't getting along.
Still, everyone is able to work together to solve a series of crimes, such as identifying the remains of an all but unidentifiable teenage boy and dealing with a serial killer who is emulating the crimes depicted in Bones' latest mystery novel. (Yes, she's not only a brilliant scientist but also an ace author.) Like many television dramas where forensic evidence is a driving force in the plots, Bones offers up the gross-out autopsies. But it also serves up a lot of humanity in the way the characters interact with one another. It is giving nothing away to reveal that Bones and Booth are not the couple getting married in the season finale. But the episode does reveal that beneath their tough exteriors, marriage and all that it implies is something they wouldn't mind... perhaps even with each other. --Jae-Ha Kim
- Deleted Scenes
- Season 1 Gag Reel
- Season 2 Gag Reel
- The Angelator
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When I sat down to watch season two, I was prepared for the stomach turning special effects and all that, but I got something that more reminded me of NCIS with a little more gore. In that we see these highly character driven stories, personal dynamics, and of course creepy killers. My personal favorite was the Howard Epps episodes and the aftermath of Booth and the psychologist. Then I looked at the credits for several episodes and found sure enough that many of the production people involved in season two of Bones, either worked or would go on to work on NCIS!
This explains a lot! It didn’t remind me of the image of Bones that I had in my head and am thankful for that. Now, I can’t wait to watch more.
Wyatt and Booth have some of the most delicious scenes outside of the episodes where Booth and Brennan get close.
In retrospect, it is just a bit hard to take the interchange between Brennan and Saroyan in the first few episodes. Booth is surprised at her arrival, and resists Saroyan's direction. I suppose the reason it's odd is because we all suspect from the outset that in the lab, and with Booth, Brennan will always be the alpha dog. After all, the show is named after her.
Overall, I would say season 2 is as good as season 1, and better than season 3 (It is rated better than both seasons 1 and 3.) Season 1 had the "getting to work together jitters" and season 2 had the "separation moves". The main season 3 arc was simply not as good.
about 'procedure'; legal, medical, etc), but this is as close to an exception as I'll get.
Give credit to excellent writing, directing and acting, and having supporting characters that are rich and really add
something to the show. When it's at it's best this can be downright terrific, bringing me to tears more than once, and
making me laugh out loud a few times too. It can be very, very smart.
While the 2nd season represented growth, mostly by focusing even more on our running characters and their ongoing stories,
it can still be hit or miss. Every 3rd episode or so is really special. That's a higher batting average than the first season.
The other episodes are still good, almost always watchable, (one or two really don't work), but often you can see the twists
coming a mile off, or the jokes get a little stale.
The show is at it's best when the episodes are really about the often funny, sometimes heartbreaking inner lives of
our running characters, and not simply about brilliantly (and inevitably) catching the bad guy/gal. Or when it's dealing
with the more human side of forensics - the grief and pain of those left behind. That's when this well made show moves way
beyond 'clever crime of the week' status.
Sadly, while the shows themselves are good and worth the watching, the DVD set is lacking. First, all the deleted scenes for the entire season are on Disc 6, so good luck remembering the storyline and how they might have fit into the episodes; also, there is no selection or labelling, just the scenes shown in succession, so at what point or in some cases in what episode is left to the viewer to guess. Second, there are only a couple commentaries to be found in the season, and there is no indication on the on-screen menus which ones have them. While they are listed in the set backing, you cannot get to them by using the Play All command on the main screen for each disc, you have to go to the individual episodes screen to get that option. (Of course, having a button on one's remote for additional audio tracks might render this complaint moot for some, but I felt it worth mentioning.) Last, the ouutakes are in general not funny, though a couple warrant a smirk or so; they are also nearly uncensored (the F-word is bleeped out but others are allowed in), so you might be careful if you like to keep that from the kids. Overall, the shows are good, but the presentation in this set is far below what I would like in a complete season.