Bones: Season Three (2007)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery
Fox || NR - 655 minutes - $59.98 || November 18, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-11-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Hart Hanson (created by)
Cast: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, John Francis Daley


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Extended Episodes (2)
  • Unaired Version of "Player Under Pressure"
  • Extended Scene
  • Gag Reel
  • Director's Take (5)
  • 4 Bonus Episodes from Season Four


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

In only three years, “Bones” has become one of Fox’s most consistent shows not only in terms of ratings, but quality. “Bones” sits with the best of all the forensic crime dramas, though admittedly, I still prefer the original “CSI”.

In this third strike-shortened season, Dr. Brennan (Deschanel) and FBI Agent Booth (Boreanaz) hunt down and solve some of the more unusual crimes, involving the discovery of (usually) skeletal remains. While Brennan and her team of “squints” track down the killer using science, Booth works off of instinct, in combination with the science, to find the perpetrator(s).

This has been the process for the first two seasons on the show and, for the most part, it works flawlessly. The trend continues in most of the 15 episodes, but the writers add a twist with a season-long story involving a serial killer known as “Gormogon”. Starting in the season premiere, with the discovery of a human skull that a serial killer is on the loose, not only killing people, but eating them as well! In between the members of the Jeffersonian Avengers... err... Institute also take on other cases: missing teenage girls found mummified; the murder of a soccer mom with a radical background; or the body of a young boy found in a time capsule.

There are also some more personal stories, especially between Brennan and her father, in jail for the murder. In the meantime, the relationship between Brennan and Booth, while still professional overall, get a little more personal. This is examined with the addition of psychologist Dr. Lance Sweets (Daley), whose task it is to study the two and help them sort out issues that crop up in both their personal and professional lives.

Most of the episodes this year are good but it’s unfortunate that the strike came when it did as the “Gormogon” case was very interesting and ended, in what would be the season finale, on sour note. Not only was the season finale, entitled “The Pain in the Heart”, pretty poor in spots (though not because of the case), but it took what was an intriguing case and wrapped everything up in a tidy bow within 45-minutes. There is a twist, which I liked, yet it wasn’t enough to save the episode or the case on the whole.

!!!Spoiler Warning!!!

Then there’s the whole issue of how the episode started... In the previous episode, it ended with Booth being shot by a crazed stalker but how the writers’ resolved this little storyline was, well, kind of dumb and very much a cop out, something I’ve more associated with a show like “CSI: Miami” than “Bones”.

As it stands, “Bones: Season Three” is good and has yet to show any ware and tear in terms of storytelling (season finale withstanding) and the potential is there to even be better.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

“Bones: Season Three” comes on 5 discs in 3 slimline cases tucked inside a standard slip case. This set matches the “Season Two” release.

First up is a regular Gag Reel (5:22) with flubbed/forgotten lines; Director’s Take is merely a look at several items from the show: “The Vault” (2:49), “Making of the Body” (2:00), “Car Crash-Exploding Van” (2:20), “Squints” (2:09) and “The Angelater” (2:10). I’m not sure, these almost seem like they were made for the Net or TV given how short each one is.

Next up are extended versions on 2 episodes (“The Knight on the Grid”, “The Baby in the Bough”), an extended scene from “The Santa in the Slush” and the original unaired version of “Player Under Pressure”. Now, in regards to that last one, I watched the unaired version and having seen that episode as aired, I’m unsure exactly how this was different.

Because it was a short season, Fox has included Season 4 Bonus Episodes, the first 3 episodes of the season. Of course, these have already aired, but it’s still a nice inclusion for those who may have missed them and can now catch up.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I can’t really complain about the video transfer here. The show is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78 AR) and it looks fine, though the show itself never looked fantastic on TV in HD.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included, but because this is mostly a walk and talk sort of show, your speakers will only be used for the show’s (awesome) opening theme and the occasional song or score cues.



.::OVERALL::.

Even though this season of “Bones” wasn’t as good as the first two years, it’s still one of the better shows on television. Much like the Miniature Killer on “CSI”, the Gormogon storyline had potential but how it wrapped up was nothing short of disappointing and way too rushed. As it stands, this third season set is missing some solid bonus features but the chemistry between two unique characters still make this a worthwhile purchase.