The 12-episode run will celebrate the inventive series and bring the storylines of Brennan, Booth and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close, allowing the show's loyal fans to say goodbye to these indelible characters.
I came in on Season 9 I think. Bought many seasons as it is a wonderful series. Know I will cry for all the actors that are in this series. Somehow your great writers wrote so many wonderful shows that we all learned to love these characters. I am 78 and looked forward each week an episode. Know that I will grieve the loss of this show. I am a nurse and your writers wrote a stellar correct medical show. Again I hate to see it end but understand that everyone writers and actors must move on. Thank you for bringing many enjoyable hours to my life.
++++Warning, this will contain spoilers from prior seasons, but no major giveaways from season 12+++++
As most know this was the final season of Bones. It ended up being a partial (12 episode) season to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of season 11, and give the various characters a final send off. The cliffhanger involving Zach kidnapping Brennan is resolved in the season premier, and a larger arc throughout the season revisits the original Gormagon story line, which was (in my opinion) the weakest ending to a story line that the show had. The other major story arc that played out through the final 12 episodes was Booth being targeted because of a sniper mission he was involved in back in the 1990s. And of course, the various case of the week crimes to solve.
The show did a good job of bringing back as many characters from the cast (and making references to prior stories) as possible. The only major characters that did not appear in person were the deceased ones (Sweets and Vincent Nigel Murray and Booth's brother) although there were references to them, Parker, Brennan's brother, the original director of the Jeffersonian, Dr. Goodman. It would have been nice to see Sweets in person in a dream or hallucination sequence (had John Francis Daily been willing and able to do so), but I think the show did a good job of paying homage to its past. It would have also been nice to get an appearance by Angela's dad to hassle Jack one last time.
For those who get the DVDs, the set is, like it has been in prior years fairly bare bones (pun intended). Just the episodes, and then on the final disc an approximately 20 min retrospective looking at the show over the years featuring interviews with the cast, writers and creators of the show, and a 3 min gag reel. Okay for what is there, but not as much as was included in the prior season releases (especially the seasons that were put out on blu-ray). Of course, after season 8 the studio stopped releasing it on blu-ray, so the DVD releases end up being all there are for people who do not just want to stream the show.
Ultimately Bones was a show that ended up going much longer than almost anyone expected, which was especially surprising given Fox's notoriously quick trigger on yanking shows. Given that Bones did take a while to find its footing as a show, it is amazing it lasted as long as it did. The season ends on very much of a "life will go on" feel for the various characters, and I think fans of the show will be pleased with how it is wrapped up. If you only get DVDs for the extras, there is no amazing content that make them a must get vs streaming. But if you have the prior seasons already it is worth getting to complete a collection.
I have only viewed the first few episodes, but so far the writing is terrible, as is the acting - across the cast. It feels like everyone has lost interest. Even Emily...somehow, this season she became a terrible actress. Very disappointing. Maybe it will improve.
I think the strength of this show lay in the individual, quirky, appealing characters. Well, that and the often comic beginnings. It was nice not to have to brace myself to witness a scary murder. But Cam? An appealing character in spite of her flaws--but WHY is she dressed in spiked heels all the time? And hooker style clothes? Hard to believe a coroner would dress like that. The heels especially bothered me. i figured a real coroner who dressed like that would be in agony by lunchtime. Just ridiculous.
Bones has been on for a long time! The show is thrilling, full of ups and downs, and has surprising plot twists. Though some episodes can stand on their own, the show is and has been serial by nature. Sometimes, I'm reminded of a soap opera, when the writers add an extra dose of drama to the plot -- this is unnecessary for the likability of Bones, however I find it does add to the program's addictiveness. All in all, Bones combines dynamic characters, thrilling mysteries, and plot defining circumstances to create entertainment that's hardly rivaled on Fox or the other networks.