DVD Review
by Rachel Buccicone

    MOVIE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
    DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5 stars)

    Emily Deschenel as TEMPERANCE “BONES” BRENNAN
    David Boreanaz as SEELEY BOOTH

    Not Rated
    Studio: 20th Century Fox

    Produced by Hart Hansen
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In a world full of CSIs and Law and Orders, the average TV viewer could solve crimes in his sleep, or so he thinks. “Bones” presents crime and forensics from a different angle and proves to the viewer that he could never do what this genius can.

“Bones” is about Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschenel) who is a forensic anthropologist working at the Jeffersonian Institute in D.C. She has acquired the nickname Bones because that’s what she does: she examines skeletal remains in order to solve crimes. Partnering with Bones is Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), an FBI agent in charge of the legal end of the crime-solving. At the super high-tech lab of the Jeffersonian, a number of anthropologists assist Bones, each with his own specialty.

The difference between “Bones” and shows like “CSI” and “Law and Order” is that instead of a whole slew of main characters whose personal lives we care little for, we have two: Bones and Booth, and while this show is by no mean a drama surrounding their personal lives, we certainly get to know them better than those on similar programs. I was excited to find on “Bones” a type of partner relationship reminiscent of the Mulder-Skully rapport we “X-Files” fans drooled over. While Booth is the terribly confident and outwardly sexual figure, Bones is self-admittedly useless in social situations. Her intelligence is so great that she absolutely lacks social skills to many a comic end. She views sex on strictly scientific terms: as a biological need. Despite this, Season One has Bones going on a number of dates, never with good outcomes. The sexual aspect doesn’t go to discount the quality of the actual crime-solving on “Bones”. Always complex and often with a twist, the science is way over my head but always summed in lay terms.

So I’ve made it clear why I’m addicted to the show, but I truly believe this is a show of great merit. Many “Buffy” fans may flock to see their beloved David Boreanaz in a new role. This reason is actually one that had me doubting the quality of “Bones” when it debuted. Ex-vampire Boreanaz and a title like “Bones” (honestly, who would ever have that nickname?) had me convinced the show would be hokey and worthless. It was only after having nothing to watch for a number of weeks that I was stuck in front of “Bones”, usually not paying attention, and yet, soon enough I was hooked.

Besides the role of Booth, the remainder of the cast is composed of anything but name actors. All give great performances, a couple filling fairly nerdy roles and Deschanel (“Glory Road”) convincing us that nerdy is cool.

“Bones” uses some of the “CSI”-style editing, but mostly relies on the technology of the Jeffersonian to bring things to life. The set and equipment used illustrate how much effort and money is behind the show.

The DVD contains a good number of bonus items including audio commentary, character profiles, and a forensic terminology guide. Another feature reveals how the cast members prepare for their roles. Additionally, the show is based on the life of a real forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs, and another featurette explains her involvement with the show.

Fans of “CSI” should enjoy this show greatly, especially those who find “CSI” too hip with all those fancy special effects. I would definitely recommend “X-Files” fans give “Bones” a chance, and anyone looking for an intellectually stimulation program should be pleased with this one. Had your fill of forensic shows? “Bones” may not be your cup of tea, but it could provide an alternative to similar programming.

Specifications: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Widescreen (1.78:1). English Language Track. English, Spanish and French Subtitles.

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