BONES: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON
MOVIE: **** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The hit Fox show “Bones” enters its fifth season with Booth returning from brain surgery and Bones adopting a new style of interaction with other human beings. Changes continue throughout with Booth and Bones leveling with each other about how they feel. This season includes the 100th episode, directed by David Boreanaz, and culminates in a journey for everyone at the end.
WHAT I LIKED
I had never actually watched “Bones” before, though I had heard lots of great things about it. For someone who came in cold to the fifth season, it wasn’t too hard to get up to speed. The character in this series have great relationships with one another, to the point that it’s a breeze to figure out how everyone fits together.
Of course, the key to this series is the interplay between Bones and Booth, which is what has made it a hit for years. Emily Deschanel does a great job playing both brainy and beautiful. It’s not just a matter of putting a pair of glasses on the hot chick to achieve this. Rather, Deschanel is able to be a cold fish completely oblivious to her appeal.
And while I’m not a fan of David Boreanaz in anything else I’ve ever seen him in, I do think he works brilliantly in this show. On-screen chemistry is so important to making a successful show or movie, and Boreanaz clicks so well, not just with co-star Deschanel, but with the other members of the core and extended cast.
Then there’s the storylines. They’re fun yet morbid. It’s a different take on the police procedural, and that’s what I like in a show. So many cop shows just go through the motions, and like “Psych,” “The Mentalist” and “Monk,” these mysteries are approached from a totally different angle, which continues to make them interesting. While this is a series based on a mystery-of-the-week, it continues to offer progression in the ongoing storyline without losing the novice viewer.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
There really wasn’t anything that bothered me about this show, aside from some minor catch-up I had to do as a new viewer. This kind of series relies on a core audience by the time it gets to the fifth season, and most of the kinks have been worked out. I’m sure if I knew the characters better from season one, I’d take some issues, but overall I was fine with everything.
The fifth season includes a spotlight on Boreanaz directing the 100th episode, audio commentaries on select episodes, extended versions of select episodes, “The Bodies of Bones” featurette, “The Nunchuck Way” featurette, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans of the morbid yet humorous police procedural.