DVD Review: BONES: Season Eight

BONES

Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: October 8th, 2013

At the end of season 7, Dr. Brennan (Bones), a suspect in a murder investigation, took off for parts unknown with her father and baby daughter. At the beginning of this season, she is able to return home, finally cleared of the murder of her former colleague. Unfortunately, Christopher Pelant, the evil computer genius with the vendetta against Bones and Booth, has slipped through the fingers of the law once again. The episodes dealing with Pelant are excellent—and there are a few. They make the skin crawl with his inherent evil and plain old creep factor, and make the blood boil as he escapes again and again to wreak havoc on the lives of the Smithsonian family. Other cases the team get involved in during season 8 have Angela going undercover in a roller derby, Booth and Bones enter a dance competition, there is a visiting psychic and a viral outbreak. This season also explores the changing relationship between Booth and Bones as they are deal with Bones’ return from life on the run, and their status as parents. Dr. Sweets (our favorite psychologist) moves in with the couple during the season, and the new “family” dynamic is fun to watch. And if that wasn’t enough for you, Booth’s mother turns up after a 24 year absence.

In addition to great episodes there are some extras to keep fans happy. Disc one features a commentary on the episode “The Future in the Past,” with Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and Ian Toynton. Disc two includes a deleted scene from “The Patriot in Purgatory,” disc 5 has a deleted scene from “The Survivor in the Soap,” while disc 6 brings it all home with a deleted scene from “The Party in the Pants,” a question and answer session with the producer and cast members, some fan videos and a gag reel. The gag reel alone would make it worth buying this season’s set.

Erica Ruth Neubauer