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Bones: Season 4
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Temperance Brennan is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist in Washington, DC. FBI Agent Seeley Booth calls on her to assist with investigations when the standard methods of identifying a body are useless - when the remains are badly decomposed, burned or destroyed beyond recognition.
If the fourth season of Bones on DVD gets off to a slightly jumpy start, it's because the first four episodes are missing. They were actually included as a bonus feature on the third season's boxed set, in an effort to pad that truncated season. (However, the Blu-ray version of the fourth season does include all 26 episodes, which originally aired during the 2008-2009 television season.) That said, there's little else to gripe about with this collection. Like many shows revolving around murder, Bones is strewn with body parts--a displaced finger here, a falling leg there. But the gross-out factor often is balanced with humor as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) try to figure out whodunit. Though some of the vignettes are on the weak side (a character deciding to become celibate, while another wants to start a family), the overall tone of the show is dead on. This season includes the addition of several new interns, who are vying to fill the spot left by Zack Addy (Eric Millegan). (It was revealed last season that Addy had been working as the apprentice for the serial killer known as Gormogon.) Well developed and also a little eccentric, the interns can give as good as they get as they compete for the job and fit in well with the already established cast.
The cases this season are diverse. One episode delves into the investigation of a pregnant teenage athlete's death that seems to be part of a high school "pregnancy pact," while another finds Brennan and Booth as passengers on a plane where a crisp, burnt body is discovered. And in another, Booth finds himself as the main suspect when a longtime rival is found dead. The simmering chemistry between Brennan and Booth is never lost in the intrigue. Though many TV dramas use the "will they" or "won't they" device to pique viewers' interests, that scenario usually loses momentum by the second or third season. Thanks to some smart writing and sharp acting, this conceit hasn't worn itself out yet on Bones. While the show hints that the two are destined to be together, that plot line isn't exploited this season. --Jae-Ha Kim
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This is a great alternative to many of the main stream talked about crime TV series out there. This packs in realism, comedy, action, adventure, mystery, and psuedo-science all into one show with a cast that couldn't be more beautiful or enjoyable to watch week after week.
If you haven't seen any of these just buy season 1,2, & 3 you certainly won't be disappointed and it'll give you something to do while you wait for the DVD release of season 4. Also of note is that if you haven't seen season 1,2 or 3 you may be a little lost watching season 4 alone. The writers have done an excellent job maintaing continuity of the story line accross all the seasons so there will be many jokes, comments, and sub-plots that you simply won't understand without the past seasons.
The sub-plot with Brennan's father (Ryan O'Neal) becomes a bit more interesting, although that thread in the ongoing story never caught my interest. Another rather dull thread is the effort to have Angela's husband from the South Pacific sign divorce papers, so Angela and Hodgins can get married.
True to the theme in the opening two episodes, it seems as if Booth and Brennan spend a lot of time away from the lab. One especially tense and entertaining episode has Booth and Brennan solving a murder while on a plane to China, which they must do as long as the plane is in the air, and still sovereign U.S. soil. Another story traces the victim to Norway, and Sweets is a big help in solving the case. In fact, in seasons 3 and 4, Sweets is a more serious character than he becomes in later seasons with his entanglement with one of Brennan's assistants, Daisy.
The season also ends with a bang, with an episode based entirely on a dream, in which all the actors, including returning Eric Millegan, and all other regular and recurring characters appear as characters not their own, and Brennan and Booth are married.
The episodes, as usual are interesting and at times, humorous. If you're a fan of Bones, I recommend this set without hesitation.
Season 4 brings perhaps the quirkiest and most light-hearted year of the series yet as it begins across the pond with the fabulous duo in Britain while back at the lab the incomparable Zack is replaced by a host of fun and zany lab assistants. Season 4 introduces us to Booth's brother who shows up to throw a wrench into his personal life and eventually help him grow even closer to his maddeningly logical genius of a partner. Brennan's dad and Booth's son make appearances and the Gravedigger from Season 2 also makes a return appearance. The season's final six episodes are just mind-blowingly excellent as we see Booth and Brennan grow ever closer and even consider having a baby together!
Buying such a well-written, fun, zany and superbly acted series on DVD is a no brainer. Get your own copy because you are not borrowing mine!
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