Bones: Season Four (2008) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Crime / Mystery|
|Fox || NR - 1052 minutes - $69.99 || October 6, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-10-20|
Writer(s): Hart Hanson (created by)
Cast: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley
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“Bones” Season Four is a bit of a mystery to me, a season that felt a bit jumbled in a season long character/story arc. Now, overall, I immensely enjoyed just about every episode save for one (more later) and seeing the developing chemistry between Booth and Bones is fun to watch.
This season, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (EMILY DESCHANEL) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (DAVID BOREANAZ) take on some unusual cases from corpses found in an exploded porta potty to another smashed in between cardboard. No case is too tough that these two, along with members of Bones’ team, can solve.
If you watched season three, you discovered in the finale that beloved team member Zack (Eric Millegan) was discovered to be the apprentice to Gormogon and although the fourth (I believe) episode of season four does kind of continue that story – including a shocking but utterly puzzling “twist” –, it doesn’t provide much in terms of story as, unless I missed something, it’s not really brought back up other than when the Jeffersonian tries to find a suitable replacement. And speaking of which, I know some didn’t care for the rotation of squints, but I kind found it to be both refreshing and funny as each one has a unique quirk to go with skills that helps the team as a whole.
Although most of the episodes are highly entertaining with gruesome and unique deaths and eventual reveal of the culprit, the one that stands out unfortunately is the season finale, ‘The End in the Beginning’. Now, the premise itself is interesting with all the rotating squints together along with the main cast playing different kinds of roles. Again, cool concept, poorly executed... especially with a lame soap opera-esque ending in which Booth, who was in a coma after undergoing a necessary surgery, says “Who are you?” *Dun dun dun!* What makes this even sadder is the episode was written by Hart Hanson, the show’s creator.
The season finale withstanding, “Bones” is still a show with a nice balance of crime, mystery and sly humor mixed in with two of the best on screen chemistry between Boreanaz and Deschanel, it is thanks to them that the season and the stories work so well. Of course, one cannot also overlook the supporting cast who also all contribute nicely. Each of them gets their own little character arc from Hodgins (T.J. THYNE) and Angela’s (MICHAELA CONLIN) break-up to Cam (TAMARA TAYLOR) adopting a teenage girl after her father is murdered and Dr. Sweets (JOHN FRANCIS DALEY) new romantic relationship with one of the squints (CARLA GALLO) not to mention his own obsession of analyzing Booth and Bones.
01. Yanks in the U.K.
02. The Man in the Outhouse
03. The Finger in the Nest
04. The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond
05. The Crank in the Shaft
06. The He in the She
07. The Skull in the Sculpture
08. The Con Man in the Meth Lab
09. The Passenger in the Oven
10. The Bone That Blew
11. Double Trouble in the Panhandle
12. Fire in the Ice
13. The Hero in the Hold
14. The Princess and the Pear
15. The Bones That Foam
16. The Salt in the Wounds
17. The Doctor in the Den
18. The Science in the Physicist
19. The Cinderella in the Cardboard
20. Mayhem on a Cross
21. The Double Death of the Dearly Departed
22. The Girl in the Mask
23. The Beaver in the Otter
24. The Critic in the Cabernet
25. The End in the Beginning
This season set doesn’t offer much in terms of features, just two deleted scenes (2:17) that aren’t that interesting; a funny gag reel (5:44) with your usual flubbed lines; Androgyny: Playing Haru Tanaka (6:44) featurette focusing on the character Haru Tanaka in the episode ‘The Girl in the Mask’ played by Ally Maki and how they played around with her voice and making her a man; and finally is a featurette entitled Squints in Training (9:49) taking a look at the actors who came in as a replacement for Zack. This is probably the most interesting featurette where you get to hear from each actor and what their character brings to the table.
There is also an extended episodes for ‘The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond’, 'The Doctor in the Den' and 'The Girl in the Mask' each of which runs about 2 minutes longer.
I’m a little disappointed with the amount of features especially since commentaries have been eliminated.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
“Bones” is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and 1080p high-definition. All in all, I must say this is a fantastic looking TV series. It might be on par with the HD feed though the picture looks clean, crisp and clear from one episode to the next while colors are well balanced and don’t bleed (no pun intended) off the screen. There is a little noise throughout but it’s not overly heavy or distracting.
Fox provides the normal 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and the only things you can really judge from it is primarily dialogue though there are a couple action sequences. I did pay some attention to the rear channels which were mainly used for ambient or background noises with the center used for dialogue and front speakers for any off camera dialogue or action.
Despite one of the worst season finales in my memory, “Bones” is still a fun show with unique cases (in a climate with 10 crime dramas, that’s impressive) and two lead actors with the best chemistry since Mulder and Scully.
The Blu-ray is worth checking out given a great video and good audio, it’s unfortunate that the features are lacking in both quantity and quality as I would’ve liked to have seen a few commentaries, especially on one for the season finale...