Bones: Season One

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When remains are discovered and all that is found are bones, the FBI turns to the Jefferson Institute, home to the nation’s finest forensic anthropologists. The institute is known around the world and one of the best and brightest within it is Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). When it comes to bones, few can do what she does and she can find answers where others find dead ends and frustration. She is a brilliant woman, but she lacks some social skills, thanks to an isolated youth. She has all the answers when it comes to her science, but she would be unable to keep up in a conversation about simple American pop culture. Brennan has a hand picked, highly skilled team that works with her, but she also works often with the FBI. Her contact in such instances is special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), who trusts his instincts and more traditional detective work than the science behind Brannan’s methods. He refers to Brennan as Bones, a nickname she resists, but over time starts to accept, since the two work together so much. As cases come in, each works their special tactics and as a team, can almost always solve the mystery of the situation. Brennan and Booth might be from different backgrounds, but can they realize they’re stronger together, instead of opposing each other?

If you’re a fan of television shows about law enforcement, then you have a wealth of options, with shows on forensics, trials, detective work, and even beat cops. At the same time, not all of these shows are worthwhile and with each new season, a few new arrivals roll in. For every show like CSI or Law & Order, there are ones that don’t even merit a mention. Fox entered the forensic fray with Bones, which features a blend of standard detective work and forensic anthropology. So while similar to other shows out there, Bones has a unique element with the focus on, as the title would lead us to expect, bones. I found Bones to be a great show, one that provides a new spin on the forensic crime drama premise, not to mention offers a rich background. This is of course a “crime of the week” show, but there is so much more going on here, as the personal stories between the characters unfold even as cases are closed and new ones open. So there is continuity with character development and story arcs, mixed in with the demands of the genre’s crime drama elements. Both sides of the equation are well handled and for fans of programs of this kind, Bones is a real winner. The cast is good, the storylines are good, and I can’t wait to see what future seasons hold. Given the sheer volume of crime dramas out there, Bones might be overlooked, but do yourself a favor and pick up Bones: Season One, you won’t regret the decision.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a season hot off the presses, so as expected, these episodes look terrific. The prints are all pristine and show no flaws, even small nicks are absent and grain is never present. This means the visuals can shine throughout, since the materials have no defects to hinder the presentation. As such, the image is razor sharp and detail is very high at all times. I was impressed with the contrast, as black levels are replicated to perfection and never lapse in quality. So shadows look superb and no visible detail is lost, which is important, since this series often has dark visuals. No troubles with the colors either, as hues have a bold and natural presence. These episodes simply look fantastic and whether you’re a fan or new viewer, you’ll be quite pleased here.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not much to talk about here, as aside from a few episodes that have some action, the audio is rather limited here. But for what the show is, the soundtrack can often be quite active, though in a smaller scope. I had no problems hearing the dialogue at any time, as vocals were clean and crisp with no volume issues in the least. The music and sound effects manage to create a decent enough atmosphere, which is welcome in a show such as this. I wasn’t blown away, but I was surprised with how active this track was. This release also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A couple of episodes have audio commentary tracks, in which cast and crew members discussion the show’s production. I’ve never been a real fan of television show commentaries, since time is so limited, but both sessions here had some good information. I was most interested in the cast’s take, as they talk about the characters and the experience of bringing them to life. Some time is also spent on the science behind the show, for those with a keen interested in that side of the coin. Even more cast information is found in a featurette about preparation for the roles, while another pieces focuses on the forensic vocabulary, to help us understand all the inside terms and what not. The final supplement is a look at the real life Bones, a woman named Kathy Reichs who inspired the series to come into creation.

Disc Scores