Bones – The Complete Fifth Season on DVD and Blu-Ray
The first time I watched Bones it was under protest. Chloë, my granddaughter, was spending the summer, and every afternoon one of the cable stations showed two or three episodes which, at first, seemed to me the stupidest show on TV. (Jersey Shore had not yet begun its reign under that title.) After about a half dozen episodes, however, I started paying attention and I was hooked.
By the time the fifth season began, I had seen every episode from the previous four seasons. Not only was I watching every day, but I was also keeping track of the episode names so that I could recognize when an episode I’d never seen was shown. Okay, “fanatical” might be a good word.
One of the things I dislike most about serial television dramas is the inclusion of too much “soap opera,” too many details and events in the lives of the protagonists. This flaw, however, is one of the big attractions Bones offers. And it’s not just the lead characters (played by Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz)—the supporting characters (played by Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, and John Francis Daley) all have involving, complex personal lives. The ensemble cast provides texture and emotion to these characters. Forensics was the attractant, but the give and take of relationships make stories even more engaging. As far as drama…well, I’m never quite convinced that Bones isn’t more comedy than melodrama.
Now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, Bones – The Complete Fifth Season (“Beyond the Grave Edition”) delivers all 957 minutes (22 episodes) of the 2009-2010 season on six discs. The DVD special features are a major selling point, “The 100th Episode with Director David Boreanaz,” audio commentaries on and extended versions of select episodes, “The Bodies of Bones” featurette, deleted scenes, and the ever-popular gag reel.
Bones – The Complete Fifth Season is a terrific gift for Bones fans—and maybe even their grandparents. Having all the episodes, and being able to follow the personal stories chronologically, is a pleasure. The bonus features make it all the more worthwhile.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Bones – The Complete Fifth Season? Are you kidding? Bones is one of my two guilty pleasures — I wouldn’t miss out on having my own copy.