'Bones - Season 12, The Final Chapter'
(David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Ryan O'Neal, T.J. Thyne, et al / 3 Disc DVD / NR / 2017 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: First there was an opportunity - then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.
DVD Verdict: In my humble opinion, the last season of 'Bones' (11) had it all: personable and engaging actors (from top to bottom), fast action plots that continue to focus on the Jeffersonian cases, imaginative writing, and a continued focus on balancing the characters' job skills and and personal emotions.
Indeed, it sure looked like one of the best 'Bones' seasons in the series, even given the death note of cancellation hanging over them as they filmed it. While 'Castle' floundered and played soap-opera mind games with audiences, 'Bones' strode on with partnerships intact and even building new ones; keeping the focus where it has always been: forensics and mystery.
So here in this 'Bones: Season 12, The Final Chapter', and given the creepy ending to the last episode of Season 11, are we still invested in the characters' lives and struggles? Of course we are, even more so that an old lab tech comes back to engage Dr. Temperance Brennan; let alone Booth now lands himself in the cross hairs of a serial killer!
As I'm sure you all know by now, this last season of 'Bones' was agreed upon to allow the team to create a "Happy Ending" for our beloved TV team, and for the fans to sign off without unrest rearing its ugly social media head. Containing just 12 episodes, as always, the show relies on stable characters and a cast ensemble that evolves normally because the focus has never hidden from the forensics.
So, and not to spoil your enjoyment of this final chapter, or to give anything much away, in the premiere episode of the 12, the team searches for Brennan, who was kidnapped by former intern Zack Addy. What I think was really clever here was that this premiere not only brought things full circle on a few outstanding 'Bones' subject matters, but picked up straight away after the Season 11 conclusion.
No need to wonder what happened at the end of that Season 11, for we are brought kicking and screaming back into the action as the reunion between a returning Zack (Eric Millegan) and Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) takes control of the episode.
Also nice was that some original members of the principal cast come back to help with solving some of the crimes along the way. Sure, some of the twists and turns of the story lines were as formulaic, as guessable as ever, but one more than one occasion, trust me, the big reveal of the true murderer came as an unexpected surprise!
And so, come the end, 'Bones: Season 12, The Final Chapter' never once strays from what made it what it is today in our TV folklore. To boast that level of integrity after a dozen years is quite rare and speaks volumes of the cast and crew. This, at times, darkly amusing procedural entering its 12th and final season here showcases the destruction of their infamous Jeffersonian lab, the joining of many forces to come together to bring sanctuary back to their collective lives, and a few Easter Eggs scattered throughout for the fans from over the years also.
So run out and buy this culminating last season of 'Bones' today and then start watching it all over again from Season 1' - you won't regret it, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective
Season 12 Gag Reel