TV on DVD Obsession*: Bones

Why, oh why haven’t I written this post before?! I guess because I thought I’d done it already. Bones was my very first TV on DVD Obsession, and still remains one of them today. This show has the best of all the elements of a good crime drama/ TV show: character, a good continuous story arch/line, compelling cases, wonderful discovery scenes.

My mother used to rave about this show (yes, my mother is the best TV show picker EVER! :D), urging me to watch it. We were both big fans of CSI from the very beginning, as we’d loved Forensic Files and other true crime shows. Once the glut of crime TV began, in both the crime drama and true crime variety, I became more and more selective of which of these shows I watched. A girl could spend her whole life watching dead people; that can’t be healthy.

Since Netflix came up with Watch Instantly, and I became the last person in the world to discover the wonders of DVR, I have been able to remedy a lot of my TV watching deficits. Bones was one of the first shows I began watching on NWI, and I immediately fell in love with it.

Bones is Temperance Brennan, a bestselling author and forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian museum. Her and her team–a forensic entomologist, a facial reconstruction artist, a managing anthropologist (later a medical examiner/manager), and an intern–are often tapped by the FBI to help them solve homicides with skeletal (or grossly flesh-laden) remains. The liaison with the FBI, Agent Booth (a descendent of John Wilkes Booth, ironically), is Bones’ partner. Together, this hodgepodge of geeky “squints” (as Agent Booth calls them) and a FBI agent form a loving, cohesive, crime fighting whole.

Going on in the background of solving cases you have the sexual tension between Bones and Booth, the office romance of Angela (the facial reconstruction artist) and Dr. Hodgins (the entomologist), the relationship of an intern with the forensic psychologist from the FBI (who frequently helps with cases and does therapy sessions for Bones, Booth, and pretty much everyone else), Dr. Sweets, a couple serial killer plot lines, Brennan’s family issues, and other assort mayhem.

Most of the episodes either begin with a discovery of a body by unsuspecting yokels or Bones and Booth at the scene of a crime where there’s something unusual going on with the body (in one episode some bones glowed green in the dark).  After much hijinks, more startling finds, and aha moments, they solve the case, the backstories build a little more, and you hate to see the ending credits.

What works: The chemistry between Emily Deschanel and David Boreanz as Bones and Booth, an integral part of the show; the intermarriage of science versus faith (Bones is atheist and Booth is Catholic) and scientific data vs. instincts; Bones social awkwardness and genius intellect alongside Booth’s smooth man’s man, sharpshooter hero complex; the oddly lovable Lance Sweets and Dr. Jack Hodgins; the subtlety of the sexual tension between Bones and Booth; the unique cases that are depicted.

What doesn’t work: the revolving interns–a result of a major plot shake up, it’s not that I don’t like them individually (some of them are great), but some of them were a bit over played, and I liked the way they originally fulfilled this capacity; that one storyline/ episode that was all a dream that one time–I hate those! Never, ever do this again. 

Overall, I think there’s a lot more to love than to hate on this show. I’m still waiting with bated breath for season 6 (?) to hit DVD, so no spoilers, please.

*Since I’m going to do the PostAWeek2011 challenge in this blog, I figured introducing some staples/topical posts was in order. This is one of the first ones, TV on DVD Obession. I will profile any TV shows I have discovered on DVD rather than on television. Suggestions are welcome.

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