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VINE VOICEon May 16, 2010
At the beginning of the fifth season of the wildly popular forensic drama "Bones," many viewers tuned in trepidatiously after the spectacularly strange fourth season finale. Thankfully, all fears were allayed and relieved when the fifth season kicked into high gear in the very first episode and maintained that pace throughout the season; "Bones"' fifth season is perhaps its greatest yet.

The one thing that has always set "Bones" apart from the countless other procedurals on the airwaves right now is the focus on the characters solving the crimes rather than the crimes themselves, and the strength of this approach shines through brilliantly in every episode of this season.

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel return to the roles of Booth and Bones and deliver their strongest performances yet as each character is shaken to their core. As Booth struggles to regain his sense of self, he has to confront the knowledge of his feelings for his partner, while Bones herself goes through a whirlwind of emotion as the emotional barriers she has erected around her heart begin to crumble down, leaving her questioning not only herself but her relationship with Booth as well as her work at the Jeffersonian itself. The tension between the two has never been more delicious or more addictive, and both lead actors knock their roles absolutely out of the park.

But while the relationship between Booth and Brennan becomes increasingly more complex, the wonderful supporting cast of engaging characters at the Jeffersonian keep the show moving along briskly and lightly. Cam (Tamara Taylor) must run the lab while dealing with the challenge of being a good mother, guiding the team effectively toward each conclusion; Sweets (John Francis Daley) continues to provide invaluable insight into the minds of the team; Angela (Michaela Conlin) remains the emotional heart and soul of the team as she opens her heart to love's possibilities; and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) struggles with his feelings for Angela as he returns to his abrasive, loveable self.

The cases themselves have regained a fascinating light as the mysteries the team confronts become more complex, and the special effects department has outdone themselves in the gore and goop department this year as Booth and Bones investigate some of the most gruesome crime scenes in history, all moved along by the brisk black humor the show excels at; the team investigates a possible secret agent locked in a truck for days, a would-be rocker torn to pieces by an industrial washer/dryer, a gamer literally melted in a vat of fast-food grease, and a dozen more cheerfully disgusting cases where the outcomes of the mysteries hold the power to shock and surprise the audience; the writers have once again caught the perfect balance between the whodunnit and the drama to craft a truly unique show.

But it's not merely the cases that hold the viewers' attention this season; season five is full of true powerhouse episodes: heartbreaking cases like "The Plain in the Prodigy"; darkly comical shows like "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"; truly shocking mysteries like "The Proof in the Pudding,"; and even a historically fascinating case written by the author of the original Temperance Brennan novels Kathy Reichs herself ("The Witch in the Wardrobe") -- however, all of these merely lead up to the three knockout moments of the season:

In the fifth season, "Bones" reaches its 100th episode, "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole." Likely the most beloved and most contested episode in the show's history, the 100th episode completely redefined Booth and Brennan's relationship as it showed the viewers the pair's first meeting, something never before revealed, and circles around to one of the most hearbreaking and yet most powerfully hopeful moments of the series. "Parts" was also directed by David Boreanaz, one of the series' leads, and the sheer emotion wrung out of Boreanaz and Deschanel by the end speaks volumes to the talent of the show's leads.

As the series continues, however, the characters were shocked to their cores as they were forced to come face-to-face with their most terrifying adversary yet: the cunningly frightening sociopath dubbed The Gravedigger, in "The Boy with the Answer," a nail-bitingly tense hour of television that had viewers' hearts pounding as Heather Taffet, the Gravedigger, proved that her true arena was the courtroom, tearing apart her victims and throwing the entire future of Brennan's life into question.

This only segues into the season's amazingly dramatic finale, "The Beginning in the End." As the team investigates the home of a hoarder, Bones questions what she truly wants to do with her life, Booth's past comes calling, and Angela's father blows back into town, all leading to a truly shocking season ender, a masterful finale that not only redefined the very foundations of the show and the characters but also contined to set the show on a rising point, ensuring that every faithful viewer of "Bones" will be frantically waiting for the sixth season to premiere in the fall.

In the past five years, "Bones" has redefined the procedural while producing a truly unique show filled with drama, comedy and the most satisfying romantic tension between two characters in years. Featuring challenging cases, intriguing mysteries, gruesome discoveries, fascinating character interactions, and truly touching and shocking turns in the lives of a cast of characters an increasingly growing fanbase have come to know and genuinely care about, "Bones" has proven that it still has plenty of tricks to show, and this wonderfully strong drama will remain on television for seasons to come.

Five out of five stars.

NOTE: The fifth season also features the return of Max (Ryan O'Neil), Brennan's father, as well as a memorable cameo by Zooey Deschanel (Emily's real-life sister) as Brennan's zany cousin, as well as a truly touching show introducing Booth's grandfather, as well as the return of Jared Booth (Brendan Fehr), Seeley's younger brother, who has some news of his own.

Also, it is important to note that in the fifth season, the writers managed to fix a truly annoying plot device: the revolving interns, who alternated between odd and downright annoying throughout the fourth season, have now managed to find a balance and a home on the show, with each character's unique traits adding to the episode they are featured in, providing some much-needed comic relief as well as some unexpected drama along the way.
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on August 30, 2010
I absolutely love this show. It might be the most amazingly well-crafted t.v. show ever, along many dimensions. I agree with all of the positive comments of other reviewers. I don't have one negative comment to make, even though, I, too, miss Zach and thought he was a terrific character, well-acted. I even think the Daisy character provides an important role in the balance of the cast, as long as she is not there all the time. No show is complete without little jabs from a distracting annoyance. (Remember Eddie Haskell on "Leave it to Beaver?")
On the other hand, EVERY review that I read left out what, to me, may be the most important dimension of the show. The unspeakable gore and horrifying plots would be meaningless and perhaps sadistic if regarded as entertainment alone. The scientists, each using his or her unique area of expertise, employ the most subtle of clues to recreate an individual's identity and dignity. In addition, often the victim's family and friends are able to obtain closure on the person's disappearance and death. It is a story with a noble theme.
The acting, the characters, the group and individual dynamics, the continuing subplots, and the humor are absolutely extraordinary. Those attributes would be seriously compromised almost to the point of superficiality, however, without the serious outcome of the lab's work. The lab's skill and commitment provide the viewer with the powerful experience of redemption as the horror becomes gradually transformed into dignity. To me, that element is the absolute core of the series. Everything else is built around it.

I can't wait until Season 5 is available and until Season 6 begins.
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Five years on, the episode after episode inability of Booth and Bones to come together as other than crime partners is wearing thin. The first four seasons were highly comedic and capitalized on Bones's and Booth's relationship as a crime fighting duo who were also reluctantly attracted to one another. However, this season, they are a mess over one another. He is clearly and unequivocally in love. She is also in love but is scared to death of ever acting on it. This conflict occurs in every single episode.

I frankly think to break this impasse it would be better to marry them off and then have the comedic friction come from their problems as a Nick and Nora Charles type couple ("The Thin Man"). The unrequited love is sapping the considerable energy and magic of this show plus Bones and Booth as a comedic detective team. Fortunately, the development of Hodkins and Angela is a lot more satisfying for the viewer. We also have another wonderful guest appearance by Stephen Fry as Gordon Gordon, psychiatrist turned chef.

The "X Files" developed the same unrequited problem as it continued and it took 9 seasons to bring Mulder and Scully together. Yes, I kept watching and will keep watching this show for the very same reason, i.e. the episodes week to week make it worth it. The forensic cases week after week, the interaction of the full cast, the comedy involving the full cast, all of this makes it worth while watching week after week. But the unrequited love over nine seasons made the final few seasons of the "X files" barely watchable and I hope that doesn't happen here.
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on December 27, 2012
This review is more for the show itself than the DVD and its features, though I will say that it has all the standard DVD TV Show season features you expect.

My personal least favorite season was season 4, almost to the point where I stopped watching Bones because I felt it was so bad. However, season 5 is a marked improvement, and the show has managed to make each successive season (after 4) a bit better. Still nowhere near the quality of Season 2, the show seems to be back on the right track starting with this season. The mysteries are still lacking, and the main characters still have to deal with unbelievably awkward and terribly manufactured situations that are placed in most episodes solely to remind the viewer that Booth & Brennan "like" each other... But again, having watched seasons 6 and 7, I can honestly say that this is truly the restart of a quality series after an abysmal season 4.
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on May 8, 2011
The fifth season set includes a lot more extras than previous seasons: three featurettes, two extended episodes, episode commentaries, a gag reel and deleted scenes. It also includes all 22 episodes of season 5.


The season opens with the wonderful Cindy Lauper guest starring as a psychic, which was a treat. Booth realizes his romantic feelings for Bones, though he is unable to tell her, and he battles the aftereffects of his brain surgery. Arastoo "comes out" about his fake accent, as well as describing the relationship he feels exists between Islam and science. Diedrich Bader is Andrew Hacker, Assistant Director to the FBI, who gives a wonderful performance, especially in his frequent attempts to impress Bones, who he has a hopeless crush on. We get to meet Booth's grandfather, who reveals a secret to Bones and encourages her to tell Booth "when the time is right." Zooey Deschanel (Emily Deschanel's real-life sister) guest stars as Bones' cousin in one episode. Angela and Wendell begin a relationship, though it ends pretty quickly, and a few episodes after that Angela and Hodgins finally get married (just like we knew they always would.) Cam finally begins dating, and the Grave Digger trial concludes with the Grave Digger being convicted and sent to jail.


The 100th episode (or episode 16 of season 5), Booth finally professes his feelings to Bones. It's also the first Bones episode that is directed by David Boreanaz. It's mostly flashback, and we get to see the first time Bones and Booth work together, but the flashbacks don't feel like filler (as a lot of flashback episodes are.) Bones declines, and their relationship stays the same, though slightly more awkward in following episodes. It's a good episode, and we even get to see Zack again, in his role as Bones' grad student.

There's a lot of great story arcs in this season, and the season finale is done very well, opening up lots of new possibilities for the next season.
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on December 1, 2014
Bones season five is awesome. here are the best episodes of season five


1. Harbingers In A Fountain
2. The Bond In The Boot
3. The Plain In The Prodigy
4. The Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
6. The Tough Man In The Tender Chicken
7. The Dwarf In The Dirt
8. The Foot In The Foreclosure
9. The Gamer In The Grease
10. The Goop On The Girl
11. The X In The File
13. The Dentist In The Ditch
14. The Devil In The Details
15. The Bones On The Blue Line
17. The Death Of The Queen Bee
18. The Predator In The Pool
19. The Rocker In The Rinse Cycle
20. The Witch In The Wardrobe
21. The Boy With The Answer
22. The Beginning Of The End

if you have not seen this season then I recommend you do
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on May 21, 2012
My wife and I just realized we hadn't watched this season of Bones as we rewatch some of our favorite series. So even though the series is now into season 7 (on the air) and we have season six waiting to be watched, I've come to realize that the show has grown a bit "long in the tooth" and some of the plot contrivances are starting to wear thin enough to take this down into the mediocre. A lot of fans will disagree, but I've commented to my wife after watching more than one episode that the story was contrived. I've even noted a horrid plot ending where we were told the resolution to the case, rather than watching is play out. Brennan has suddenly lost her savvy in a number of areas and again repeats "I don't know what that means" far too many times, especially if previous seasons have already revealed her knowledge in a certain area. In addition, the series has dropped into the Star Trek: Next Generation syndrome of having meaningless (yes, nothing but empty words) techno-babble substitute for real forensics. It is as if we've spend almost five years and Brennan has no ability to learn new things. Her strident attitude toward the mundane has worn particularly thin and is now unconvincing, whereas in past seasons, the character demonstrated she could learn new things. Now, she digs in and defends where admission to the unexplainable would be more satisfying. (I've already watched a number of season six episodes as they aired on Hulu and found Brennan to have become even more strident in Season six.) For a series that had great chemistry and character interplay during the first four seasons, this one was a disappointment.
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on December 19, 2014
The shows are good but "Bones" is going back to being really annoying. I cannot stand her character. I know it is supposed to be funny that she doesn't get every day life stuff like the rest of the world, but it isn't funny, it is just annoying. (My brother-in-law can't stand the FBI guy). The shows themselves are good (a little gross at times). There are English subtitles for the hearing impaired.
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on June 17, 2012
I like forensic science tv shows. Bones is in a different category because this show has a great ensemble cast and infuses the show with humor. The show also includes good storylines for the ensemble cast members. You don't see this happen very often with tv shows.
The "Foot in the Foreclosure" episode from Season 5 is an excellent example of how the Bones tv show uses humor in it's storylines. This episode is one of my favorite episodes of the show. I watch this episode when I want a good laugh. What also great about this episode is that it showcases "Ralph Waite" from the "Waltons". Ralph Waite really surprised me with his ability to do humor. I hope that the tv show will include more of Ralph Waite as "Booth's" grandfather in the show. He's great.
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on May 25, 2014
I love this show to the nines! The cast gels together as if real. I missed so many shows while a working mom, I could not wait for reruns, then season series. Thank you to all for this form of quality entertainment.
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