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'Bones - The Complete Second Season'
(David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Detectives Bones and Booth create undeniable chemistry and humor while solving crimes using frequently clashing investigative styles. F.B.I. Agent Seeley Booth teams up with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes ever. While Booth uses clues from the living, witnesses and suspects, Brennan gathers evidence from the dead, relying on her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the bones of the victims. Their different investigative styles cause the two to frequently clash, creating an undeniable chemistry and just the right touch of dark humor.

DVD Verdict: It's no great secret that the palpable chemistry between Deschanel and Boreanaz is what actually propels the show and is what separates it from the other, more formulaic, dispassionate crime dramas. Every week, fans tune in for the leads' deliciously caustic banter more so than for the weekly dose of mystery. You see, the mystery jones can be fixed by viewing any other one of the gazillion forensic dramas so currently prevalent on the airwaves. So the mystery is basically the MacGuffin that drives the show forward. But the cantankerous chemistry - that palpable "something" between the two leads as they hilariously bicker and wrangle - is definitely unique to this show. You won't find this sort of wicked rapport going on in any of the CSI or Law & Order shows.

Emily Deschanel is a find. I haven't seen her before but she's awfully good and ingratiating enough with her acerbic character. She imbues Brennan with a cooly detached yet vulnerable and lonely quality that intrigues and endears her to the fans. Her social awkwardness and pop culture ignorance are also quite charming. It's pretty funny that a mention made regarding a pop culture reference almost always elicits a response of "I don't know what that means" from the clueless Bones. And, of course, her expertise in the martial arts doesn't detract from her allure.

And David Boreanaz. Yeah, I found it difficult going, at first, watching him in a new role, seeing as how I'm a fan of Buffy and Angel. But it helps that Booth isn't much like our vampire with a soul. This ex-Army Ranger Special Agent is breezy, personable, and outgoing, not brooding, tortured, and introspective like Angelus (although Booth, also, is trying to atone for past actions). So, the transition, while disconcerting for me, was ultimately smooth enough. Boreanaz brings such command, self-assurance and charm to his character that I bought into it soon enough.

I loved this second season of 'Bones' even more than season one, as more of the cast are developing to fuller characters, with new subplots to keep things tied together, and more really cool forensics.

Dr Brennan (Deschanel) continues to struggle with her desire to feel normal emotional connection, while her intellect keeps her from exactly getting there, and while the chemical tension with her partner simmers under the surface. Thrown into the mix are new moral dilemmas due to her developing knowledge of her birth family, and shades of gray start to infiltrate her world of black and white. Can one be a moral (justified) killer? Etc. Forgiveness and love are examined in rather unique ways.

'Bones' is very good TV, that I can enjoy with both my wife and my teens. So if you have already watched season one, get season two (but really, watch one first for the character development that is quite good) and have a marathon fun weekend! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentary by actors David Boranez, Emily Deschanel and director Caleb Deschanel
Audio Commemtary by Executive Producer Steven Nathan
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentay
Season 1 Gag Reel
Season 2 Gag Reel
Exclusive DVD Featurettes: The Memories in the Season and Visceral Effects: The Digital Illusions of Bones