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Bones - Season 1 (DVD)
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Bones - Season 1 (DVD)
Advantages: excellent cast and storylines
Disadvantages: could be a little gory for some peoples tastes
Considering the amount of reviews I have written (or am planning to write) about TV series', I would seriously question how much time I have on my hands! But to be honest, writing reviews tends to be a bit of a break from lesson planning and essay writing - and of course is helping towards family Christmas presents!
Bones is a series that I came across quite randomly, renting series two (I think that was the last thing I've ever rented) purely because it was one of the few series' available in the rental shop, and because it looked intriguing. Of course, after watching season two, I just had to go on to season one, and as this is usually the best place to begin, so shall I.
Bones is an investigative drama based on the real-life adventures, as well as the books, of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. What is an anthropologist I hear some of you cry? Well in Bones' case, she is a forensic anthropologist, who, by looking at the bones of human remains can work out how they lived - and died. She can glean age, sex, race, and in some cases she can also work out what sport they played a lot (and more) from a person's bones. Alongside a charming FBI agent, Bones (actually called Dr Temperance Brennan) investigates murders and works with her team at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC (in reality known as the Smithsonian Institute). So think CSI, just a lot more interesting! For those of you have read the books, the Temperance Brennan in the TV show (and to be honest all the characters) are younger and different to how and who they are in the books. Kathy Reichs herself has said that this is a young Temperance Brennan, whilst her books are more based on an older Bones. However, for once I don't mind the difference, as other than some of the murders and means of investigation, the books and TV show are totally different, and can be taken as such, rather than thinking one is a poor copy of the other.
The lead actors in the show are Emily Deschenal (sister of musician/actress Zooey Deschenal), and David Boreanez (Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) playing her partner Special Agent Seeley Booth. I think that these are an excellent pairing, and there is some brilliant chemistry between them, and although sparks fly between them, they are not sparks of romance, which to be honest is refreshing with a male-female lead. Their characters fit will together; a genius forensic anthropologist with numerous degrees but no real sense of social norms, and a former army sniper turned FBI agent who may not be as brainy as Bones, but is far more intelligent when it comes to alive people. Cue a little hilarity as they both try to teach each other how to behave in certain situations, and explaining what each other mean all the time. But don't worry, this doesn't get tiresome! This could be due to an excellent supporting cast of characters: Angela Montenegro - like Booth she is more in touch with the alive than the dead. She is an artist who gives the victims a face, and who seems to develop more and more advanced technology as the series' progress, so perhaps not as 'unintelligent' as one would first think. There is also Dr Jack Hodgins (a 'bug and slime' guy) and his counterpart, Zack Addy (Bones' apprentice); these make a comedy double act that always seem to be in a 'good' drama - but then again, you do need a little comedy when dealing with death! Leading this motley crew is Dr Goodman, who runs the Jeffersonian and is a former archaeologist - and has a voice who I can listen to for hours!
So there we have the main cast, and what the show is about. Now for season one. Briefly, each episode runs as you would expect - remains (usually a bone or two hundred) are found and Bones & Booth are called in to investigate and catch the bad guy, no matter how long the bones have been bones. Woven into this are the characters stories, and the more you watch of the series, the more that is revealed about each character. As with another favourite series of mine, Grey's Anatomy, Bones develops the stories of all the characters, rather than the lead two, making it a deep and intricate, and more believable story. As the season goes on, a small story-arc relating to Bones' mysterious past unravels, leading to a cliff-hanger climax at the end of the series - and me re-watching series two, which suddenly made a heck of a lot more sense! It's definitely worth watching this series from the beginning, as although you can pick it up later on, there are storylines (both criminal and personal) that are relevant later on and would make things less confusing. Then again, unless you're like me, you'll probably start at the beginning anyway!
Overall this is an excellent season, and out of the 6 and a bit seasons I have watched, season one still has one of my favourite episodes of the entire show. And I wouldn't even be able to tell you why this episode is my favourite - it just is I'm afraid. There are bonus features on the DVD, but the only one I have made use of is the cast commentary (Emily Deschenal and Seeley Booth) on one of the more nail-biting episodes. I love cast commentaries as you really get a feel for the episode or film you are watching, and it's interesting to hear the actors point of view, and what they felt when they were filming such a hard episode.
As you may expect, Bones can be a little gory, but as they are mainly dealing with bones and the very occasional corpse I feel it is nowhere near as gory as shows such as Casualty!
I would - and frequently do - recommend this to anyone who likes a crime drama. Or has an interest in forensics and wants something different to CSI. Or I basically recommend this to anyone I know, as it really is a good series, with an ability to keep you gripped as well as guessing through an entire episode. Plus, you can learn some interesting facts that are always good to throw into conversations here and there!
Summary: An excellent first season for an excellent show
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