Bones: The Complete Eighth Season continues to showcase gruesome investigations into murders with equally messy with Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 1/5
Recommendation 4/5 Stars
Bones stars Emily Deschanel as Temperance Brennan and David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth as the now married with a baby crime fighting duo. Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist with Booth as her FBI investigator as they solve crimes fitting into her specialty of messy dead things.
Bones usually starts with a grisly murder or a found body that is so badly decomposed or otherwise ruined for regular investigators to deal with. Enter the Jeffersonian Institute Forensic Sciences Department with a lab full of squints to deal with all those bodies that are too messy and gruesome for others.
In season 7 of Bones Christopher Pelant was leaving dead bodies for Bones and Booth to find trying to annoy the forensic detectives. Pelant brings his evil tech genius home in season 7 when he frames Temperance Brennan for murder so she does the only thing she can, she runs.
Her father the ex con takes her and their newborn baby on the run to hide from Pelant as well as have the freedom to pursue him on her own terms. Season eight starts after the truncated season 7 due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy with a full set of episodes and a new star to the show on occasion with the new baby.
Well, it’s a baby as I am not sure who the real actor/baby is but we get the idea that being a new mom and fighting crime is two full time jobs when they add in the baby from time to time. The season long theme of running from a major villain is kept down to only a few episodes and we return to the pattern of separate themes for each episode in season 8.
While we do get a visit from Pelant from time to time most episodes rely heavily on plots that are introduced and wrapped up quickly. Mostly we have the gruesome body with team working feverishly to find the cause of death and evidence pointing to the murderer.
The show is running strong after seven seasons mainly due to the strong character development and I think also due to the wider variety of characters in the series. We have a whole team that the writers can pull stories from and use in episodes to highlight a specific side plot or the main theme.
The separate characters and variety of great acting that goes into them really gives the show a strong foundation and a good plot twist thrown in really makes the series entertaining. Pelant’s gruesome and evil murders do throw in that plot twist even if this guy would never be able to get away with things like this in real life.
In one episode I was a bit disappointed with the story but overall every episode does deliver on entertaining and enjoyable television. Bones: The Complete Eighth Season is well worth a purchase and the entire series is going so strong there is talk of not a ninth season but looking to the future for a tenth.
Season eight of Bones on Blu-ray includes 24 episodes with excellent video and the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track that is great for surround sound and clear audio. Video is clear and very bright for a crime drama but an occasional problem does creep in a bit but overall the video is great looking.
Audio is clear for voice and sounds excellent with very good surround but an occasional static or other problem does also find its way to the sound track. The audio is well done and overall excellent but problems do equate to a not quite perfect rating on audio and video quality.
Bonus content is a bit sparse on the Blu-ray edition of season 8 but what is there is worth a viewing for the gag reel and two bonus features. The typical audio commentary is available for a single episode while the two real bonus features are mostly answering fan questions and a look at the show by fans.
The bonus content is lacking which is kind of surprising given how decent extras have been in the past with Bones Blu-ray editions. Bones: The Complete Eighth Season is well worth a purchase and for fans of the show it is a worthwhile buy.
Bones is a great series and very entertaining with season eight being a worthwhile addition to the series and well worth a purchase for fans and newcomers alike.
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