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Bones Season 6 Blu-ray and DVD Reviews

 

“Bones” is running out of ideas in its sixth season.

Booth, Bones, Sweets, Angela, Jack, and Camille are back for 23 more episodes in season 6. In this season, plots involve investigations on bodies, the development of Booth and Bones relationship, Angela’s pregnancy, murder investigations, Booth’s girlfriend Hannah, Sweets and Daisy, Jack and Angela’s relationship, a sniper named Jacob Broadsky, a blizzard, The Finder (who is getting his own spin-off show on Fox), an intern, and a surprise reveal by Bones in the season finale.

Instead of being a procedural or crime series like in the first few seasons of its run, “Bones” has started to morph into a relationship drama with procedural elements. The characters have started to become a family with several of them actually having relationships together. To me, this is a sign that the show needs to hang it up. Whenever lead characters start dating or what not, the show is no longer interesting. Happy characters do not equal interesting story arcs because there’s no tension or conflict anymore. Add potential children in the mix and it’s basically the death knell for the series.

Another problem was this season is a few eye-rolling episodes. First off, there’s the lame introduction of the Finder character. Never before have I seen such a forced attempt to drum up interest in a spin-off series. I can’t imagine many “Bones” fans will rush to watch a series about “a guy who finds things”. Is that really the best the creators could come up with? Finder aside, the episodes with groan worthy “Jersey Shore” and “Mythbuster” esque plots was equally embarassing. Incorporating another show into an episode plot is just lazy.

On the plus side, the sixth season offers up several memorable guest stars and secondary characters. Joel David Moore (Colin Fisher) and Carla Gallo (Daisy Wick) prove to be underrated cast members once again. It’s a shame they aren’t main characters. Danny Trejo, David Alan Grier, and Enrico Colantoni also shine in guest spots.

Summary: Season 6 is strictly for “Bones” devotees.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is generally impressive. The colors are crisp but some of the character movements appeared a bit blurry at times. The transfer on the DVD isn’t as detailed as the Blu-ray, but it’s still sharp regardless.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track on the Blu-ray doesn’t sound like a DTS-HD track. It honestly ounds more like a Dolby Digital track. Speaking of which, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the DVD sounds fine because it actually lives up to its track.

Blu-ray and DVD Extras:

* Fox TV show trailers.
* Extended versions of “The Bikini In The Soup” and “The Daredevil In The Mold.”
* Commentary on “The Doctor In The Photo” by producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan and director Ian Toynton. Not a very interesting track.
* Commentary on “The Blackout In The Blizzard” by David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. A much livelier track with Boreanaz chatting about his directorial duties.
* “Breaking Down: The Blackout In The Blizzard”- A standard making of featurette that covers the gimmicky story and characters.
* “The Killing” pilot episode. I like these pilot episode inclusions on Fox TV show sets. It’s a nice way to introduce other TV series to people.

* A nearly 4 1/2 minute gag reel.
* “The Visual Effects Of Bones”- The title says it all.

October 28, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , ,

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