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Bones: Season 7
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Experience People's Choice Awards nominee Bones* in a whole new way with never-before-seen footage not available anywhere else! While she tackles some of her most gruesome homicide cases yet; Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) also faces the delicate demands of motherhood; and a deepening relationship with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The thrills escalate this season when a pastor's wife goes missing; shipping clerks go postal; and the squints go Hollywood. But the biggest shocker of all comes when clues left by a deranged cyber genius tag Brennan as a murder suspect. Here are all 13 Season 7 episodes with plot twists; mystery; romance and humor to die for!
Followers of the popular Fox crime drama Bones agree that season seven was not one of the most memorable. There was a big constraint built into the larger story arc about FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in that Deschanel decided to become pregnant in spite of the show's production schedule. The creative team made the bold move to get the characters together romantically and work the pregnancy into the world of their false reality. This situation has happened to long-running TV series before with mixed results. But with Bones, the dramatic, amorous turn seems to be a hit with viewers and has worked out well in keeping the writers on their toes. From its beginning, the sexual tension between Booth and Bones was always a pleasant tease. Now in season seven, they've embraced their love, bought a house together, and are eagerly awaiting the birth of their child. Due to real-world medical logistics, the season is truncated to 13 episodes (don't be alarmed; four extra episodes will be part of season eight to round things out). Apart from the newest wrinkle, the format hasn't changed. The grisly murder mysteries and their procedural backbones are still pleasantly highlighted by the same lightheartedness between the crime-fighting duo and their motley supporting pals in the laboratory and administrative offices. That's kind of where the less-than-stellar stories hit a dip, simply because of the sheer repetitiveness of the narratives and accompanying banter. But Bones is certainly a long way from being dead. The episode "The Crack in the Code" was the last one produced before Deschanel's maternity leave, and it introduces a new supervillain after a horrifically encrypted code is found in the remains of a body left dramatically draped over an exhibit at a museum in Washington, DC. Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) is a psychotic genius and convicted computer hacker who seems to have a perfect alibi while he also seems to be the obvious perpetrator. Pelant is a fascinating character and perfect foil for the Bones crew to grapple with. He reappears in the sort-of cliffhanger final episode, "The Past in the Present," as a brilliant fiend who could be the downfall of the entire Bones team, especially Booth. (He returns in the season-eight premiere and will almost certainly be back as the latest and greatest criminal mind Bones and Booth have ever faced down.) Other standout episodes are "The Prisoner in the Pipe," about a criminal who appears to have escaped prison after his murder, and "The Twist in the Twister," about the suspicious demise of a storm chaser. The most fun comes in "The Suit on the Set," which takes place in Hollywood, where a movie crew is filming an adaptation of Bones's new book about her work at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute Forensic Sciences Department, an interesting self-referential concept. When Booth and Bones are visiting the set, the fake corpse turns out to be real, so they are enlisted to solve the mystery for real. Fans will all have their favorite supporting character among the geeky, goofy, or lovable group back at the institute, notably forensic artist Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), entomologist and conspiracy theorist Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), or the boss and chief pathologist Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor). The thing that has differentiated Bones from shows like Criminal Minds, NCIS, or the CSI franchise is the heart it brings to the ensemble and their many-faceted personal lives, which often intersect. Combined with the gruesome shock value, jargony procedural qualities, brainy dialogue, touching love stories, and mysterious murders, Bones continues to be a lively affair about people you genuinely want to spend time with. Even though season seven may be regarded as a bit bumpy, the series shows no signs of losing its appeal, whether or not Bones and Booth wind up happily ever after. Extras on the four-disc set are sparse, with the obligatory gag reel, a few deleted scenes, a commentary track on "The Past in the Present," and a making-of featurette about "The Suit on the Set," with a fake red-carpet gathering for the fake movie's fake premiere. --Ted Fry
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While the season was only 13 episodes long, because of Emily Deschanel's pregnancy and Fox's desire to test "The Finder", it managed to cram in some huge changes - and big plotlines - into that short season.
With the start of the season, we saw Brennan and Booth both adjusting to their new life together, awaiting the birth of their child. We also saw them let go of the last vestiges of their single lives and find a ramshackle home (which, with Wendall's FAST off screen help!) to move into. With the birth of their daughter, Christine, came a new sense of family.
For many episodes, the family angle was played up. Some might even say it was played up *too much*, but with tonight's finale, I think there was a point to it, so I can understand the reasoning, even if I felt the season was drama light. Starting with "The Crack in the Code", we meet the likely reason for the emphasis on family. His name is Christopher Pelant, a hacker who had messed with the government and ended up with an ankle monitor for his trouble. But the viewers see that is not the end of his "fun", by any means. He is, very much so, an equal to the folks at the Jeffersonian in terms of brilliance. In the first episode we meet him, he manages to murder a reporter and have the remains cremated before they can be examined by altering government red tape. He also manages to fry Angela's expensive equipment when she tries to scan the bones of another erstwhile victim of his by putting malware inside said bones.
An average criminal, he clearly is not.
In between the Pelant arc, the audience gets a shout-out episode - using Easter eggs and hybrid staff names - as a wink and thank you to the fans, as one of Brennan's novels gets filmed into a movie. We also see how Angela and Hodgins are, themselves, adjusting to parenthood, often with Angela using her experiences to help Brennan deal with her own worries.
Maybe TPTB knew there was limited time in which to really dig deep into the drama, so the fluff was used much more prevalently, in my opinion, than in past seasons, hence four stars instead of five. I like fluff, but the show is ostensibly a dramedy and there was a bit too little "dram" versus "edy". Still, I think that was to make things easier on Ms. Deschanel, and to give the viewers a quiet reprieve from the drama of the prior season.
And, naturally, to really build up the happiness before Pelant made his creepy presence felt once again - in a *big way* - for the finale. In which a parallel between Booth/Brennan and Brennan's own past is made. I will not spoil what happens but, needless to say, echoes of Brennan's past make its way into the present with some heart-wrenching choices when it seems circumstances play against her. Which puts the future of Booth, Brennan, and their baby as a family in jeopardy.
And with those unanswered questions, I look forward to seeing how things resolve in Season 8, which, on the bright side, looks to be a full, regular season come fall, including four "bonus" episodes that were ordered for either the summer or for the new season; recently, it was announced these four episodes would be included in Season 8 as stand-alone episodes (versus the usual episodes that seem to have a continuing arc).
So, the moral is, enjoy the fluff while it is around - even if a bit too much - because the drama will always kick back in. Hart Hanson and Company have proven it once again.
ETA: 06/20/2012: Oddly, while no release date for this set is still posted here, Amazon's Canadian site, Amazon.ca, is also taking orders and has a release date now for October 9th. This should apply as Canada and the US both have Region 1 DVDs and use Region A for Blu-Ray. Also, October 9th is a Tuesday, which is typically when new releases come out in the US. So just a possible update in terms of just when this set may be released!
ETA, Part 2 - 07/19/2012: As you see, the key art for the DVD/BluRay set has been released. TV Shows On DVD has the release date as October 9th, though Amazon does not have that listed yet.
As to the series premeire of Finder, it's not a bad spin off. Those who remember this character will recall he isn't "superhero" by any means, but instead suffered a brain injury in combat which causes him both to compulsively find things, and also to see connections where most would see chaos. As to the question of support.... was it missed that people generally pay quite handsomely for objects to be found? He made more finding one guitar than most Americans do in 6 months; I'd call that ample support. The writing isnt as good but so far it is fair, we'll have to see as the season goes on whether or not the characters fully develope. A promising start for a spin-off show though.
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