Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cinema Saturday [Bones - Season 6]

Bones (Sixth Season DVD)
20th Century Fox
October 11
1000 minutes
imdb/Amazon [DVD; Blu-ray; Instant Video]/iTunes

The fifth season of BONES (airs Thursday at 9pm on Fox) ended on a pretty big cliffhanger - well, maybe not cliffhanger in the technical sense of the word, but it was a pretty big where-is-this-going-to-go-now ending.

In the fifth season finale, also the 100th episode, a lot happened: Angela and Hodgins are off to Paris; Brennan (Bones) (along with Daisy) is going to the Maluku Island for research for a year and Booth (after telling Bones of his feelings and her rejection) is back with the army and going to Afghanistan for a year.

Booth: I don’t do really good with change, I guess.
Bones: Well, you’re better than I am
Booth: The pyramids are better at change than you are. …It’s a joke. Hey, I was being affectionate.
Bones: Oh. [Pause] Will you go back to the army?
Booth: It’s what best for me right now.
Bones: I’ll only be gone for a year.
Booth: Me too. So, hey, what’s a year?
Bones: It’s the time it takes for the Earth to make a full revolution around the sun.
Booth: In the scheme of things. You know, the grand scheme of things. I’m just saying a year, you know, it’s not too bad.
Bones: Right.
Booth: Right?
Bones: We can come back, pick up where we left off. Nothing really has to change
Booth: No, things have to change. You know what? Hey, I taught you about eye contact, you taught me about evolution. So… here’s to change.
Bones: To change.
(transcript found on

With not a lot of resolution, we're left wondering just where the characters - and, more importantly, their relationships with each other, will be once Season Six pick up . . .

And Season Six does not disappoint in the slightest. While the Season Five finale left the door open for so many possible disappointments, Season Six came in and seemed to know that, turning out to be, quite possibly the best season yet.

Focusing very much on the relationships - especially that between Booth and Bones - Season Six is a brilliant season of BONES. In the season opener The Mastodon in the Room, we find out what Booth and Bones -as well as Daisy, Sweets, Angela, Hodgins, and Cam have been up to during the time between seasons. Viewers don't have to worry about the gang being apart for long - and the writers come up with a great way of not only bringing everyone together, but also showing, quickly, how everyone feels about each other.

It's not, though, smooth sailing. New characters are introduced and old troubles from the past season are still present and did not remedy themselves during the characters breaks from each other.

While continuing to solve cases as brilliantly as they have done in the previous five seasons, the BONES characters are shown more personally and as individuals this season. The show maintains its ability for new - or sporadic viewers - to watch and episode or two and enjoy it without knowing the characters or their interpersonal relationships. Yet, it also rewards the loyal viewers who have been with it from day one by finally advancing those interpersonal relationships to somewhere great.

And using them to end the season on yet another I-need-to-see-the-next-season-now!! What's great for anyone who missed this season, though? You can grab it on DVD and catch up fast - then watch any missed Season Seven online and start watching the new Season Seven episodes Thursdays on Fox at 9/8c

This season, more than any other has me interested in reading Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan Novels series. I think it was the growth we saw with the characters. And that there was more interaction that year than others between them outside of the lab/working cases. The series starts with Deja Dead and I'm excited to being . . .

Favorite Quote from Season Six:
Micah (played by Enrico Colantoni aka VM's dad): "You're alive, and she's dead. Ergo, ipso facto Columbo Oreo."
Bones: "Those last two words, one is the capitol of Sri Lanka and the other is... a cookie."
Micah: "It sounds like Latin."

5 Standout/Favorite Episodes (in episode order):
The Body & The Bounty
The Doctor in the Photo
The Bullet in the Brain
The Blackout in the Blizzard
The Hole in the Heart

Special Features:
Audio Commentary–The Doctor in the Photo
Audio Commentary–The Blackout in the Blizzard
The Daredevil in the Mold–Extended Episode
The Bikini in the Soup–Extended Episode
The Visual Effects of Bones
Gag Reel
The Killing Pilot Episode
(and it's not a Special Feature but ep 19 'The Finder' is sort of the pilot of a spin-off)

(DVD provided by Fox for review - thank you)

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