Bones follows the adventures of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her team at The Jeffersonian Institute as they help FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) solve crimes by identifying human remains.
When the sixth season of Bones ended with Bones announcing out of the blue to Booth that she was having his baby, there were some red flags for fans of the series. First, long-time Booth and Bones shippers were upset because they didn’t actually get to see these two be romantic and fall in love on screen. And secondly, viewers were wary of the Moonlighting curse of getting your primary characters together. I am happy to say that neither of these is an issue in seventh season. The series is just as delightful as ever, if not more-so.
In the seventh season, viewers finally get to experience Bones and Booth as a couple. From preparing for the baby, to moving in together, to a unique delivery and dealing with a newborn. The chemistry between Booth and Bones is as great as ever, and it’s nice to see glimpses of a softer, less analytical side of Bones. That said, the season is not all about babies and relationships. The seventh season also brings a whole host of new and interesting cases, and fun and disgusting pre-credits sequences. From hot dog eating champions to lottery winners and extreme couponers, the victims run the gamut this season. All your favorite squinterns are also back (well, not Vincent Nigel-Murray, of course). The seventh season also introduces a new chilling, tech-savvy serial killer who is out to get Bones.
One of the highlights of the season for me is the fun meta episode, “The Suit on the Set”, where one of Bones’ books is being turned into a Hollywood motion picture. This episode is a real treat for longtime fans, stock full of references to all aspects of the series. It also gives us a fun glimpse at Cam’s past. The season finale, “The Past in the Present”, is another highlight—for the complete opposite reasons. It is an intense cat and mouse thriller, that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the emotional end.
The seventh season of Bones is a great blend of everything I’ve come to expect from the series. It is a great blend of humor, interesting cases, and tense drama. This series shows no signs of slowing down or running out of ideas!
What’s Included on the Blu-ray:
- All 13 episodes of Season 7 (566 min):
Disc 1: “The Memories in the Shallow Grave”, “The Hot Dog in the Competition”, “The Prince in the Plastic”, “The Male in the Mail”, “The Twist in the Twister”
Disc 2: “The Crack in the Code”, “The Prisoner in the Pipe”, “The Bump in the Road”, “The Don’t in the Do”, “The Warrior in the Wuss”
Disc 3: “The Family in the Feud”, “The Suit on the Set”, “The Past in the Present”
- Widescreen 1.78:1
- Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
- English SDH, Spanish, French subtitles
- Deleted Scene from “The Memories in the Shallow Grave” (1:00)
Short scene showing Bones getting trapped by some boxes and crates.
- Commentary on “The Past in the Present” (43:38)
Executive Producers Hart Hanson and Ian Toynton provide their insights on the season finale, giving interesting behind the scenes tidbits, praising David Boreanaz’s work directing the episode, and addressing some of the notes they hear from viewers. This is one of the more fun and interesting commentaries I’ve heard.
- Creating “The Suit on the Set” (10:59)
In this behind the scenes featurette, the cast and crew talk about making the meta episode, discussing reimagining the Jeffersonian, and creating and casting the Hollywood-ized version of the characters for the “film”.
- Bone of Contention: On the Red Carpet (3:18)
Fun footage of Angela and Hodgins being interviewed on the red carpet for the premiere of the “Bone of Contention” film within the episode.
- Deleted Scene from “The Past in the Present” (1:12)
Short scene between Booth and Brennan talking about the season’s big villain.
- Gag Reel (4:01)
All you’d expect from a Gag Reel—the cast flubbing lines, making funny faces and sounds, dancing, and just having fun on the set.
The 1080p picture and DTS-HD MA sound are perfect—allowing the viewer to see and hear every stomach-churning gross-out effect.
The quantity of bonus features on this set is disappointing, though those that we do get are entertaining—I wish we got more deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes and commentaries. FOX has also included the useful Season Play option, which keeps track of where you are in the season, so you can easily pick up from where you left off.
Overall, in Season 7, Bones is still as entertaining as ever, giving fans the moments they have been waiting for for a long time. With a fun meta-episode treat for loyal fans and an intense season finale, I definitely recommend picking up this set—though it may be worth waiting for a sale due to the high MSRP, shortened season and meager bonus features.