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The Complete Tenth Season


Starring: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne and John Boyd
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
5 039036 073622
Certificate: 15
Release Date: 12 October 2015

The tenth season of Bones sees FBI Special Agent Seely Booth and his wife Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan strive to solve more chilling mysteries with the help of their team. This season sees the devastating loss of one of the team’s own, and those left behind struggling to unravel a sinister conspiracy to frame Booth and send him to prison. Hodgins has his own problems when he becomes a murder suspect at a forensic scientist convention, and Aubrey is troubled by an emotional connection to the case of a murdered hedge-fund trader. With more unnerving mysteries to solve, from discovering the body of a yoga instructor who was an ex-biker gang member, to a finding a psychic’s body in a tree, the team have more on their hands than ever before...

Bones: The Complete Tenth Season contains all 22 episodes of the show's tenth season (which originally aired between 25 September 2014 and 11 June 2015) spread over six DVDs. This season opens and quickly wraps up the cliff-hanger from season nine, with Booth in prison. We are also introduced to James Aubrey, a junior FBI agent who is working under Booth.

Highlights include:

The Corpse at the Convention: The writers have fun with this episode as, once again, Hodgins is a suspect in a murder. Although, why he's allowed to handle the remains is anyone's guess. In the real world he would be straight out of the lab. As the event at the centre of this episode is a forensic science convention, this allows the writers the chance to introduce new gadgets as some of the attendees offer to let the investigating team use their equipment.

The 200th in the 10th: This is one of the best anniversary episodes I've ever seen. For the 200th episode the writers set this in the Technicolor world of a 1950s movie, paying homage to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, amongst others. All the actors play different characters to their usual onscreen roles. And every detail, from the music to the costumes and colour tones, harks back to a time gone by. David Boreanaz does an incredible job in the director's chair.

The Psychic in the Soup: The team are tasked with finding the killer of a psychic, whose remains are found inside a tree. Angela's psychic friend (played by Cyndi Lauper) appears to truly have a gift for contacting the spirit world. Even picking up that it would be someone's birthday, but that person has passed on recently. The end scene where we discover that Christine's imaginary friend may be the ghost of a loved one will send shivers down your spine and bring a smile to your face.

The Putter in the Rough: When a professional mini-golfer is killed, the team have to piece together why he was killed. This episode also sees Brennan's father, Max, leave town suspiciously and Brennan has to ask herself whether she wants her father, with his shady past, to be around her daughter. And another side story sees Wendell ask Hodgins to help him repair his girlfriend's antique clock. A clock which was his girlfriend's mothers, and he accidentally broke.

The Verdict in the Victims: An old case is reopened when the man put away for the crime is due to be executed. New evidence comes to light and Brennan and the team have to race against time to stop an innocent man from dying.

The show's finale, is a little odd - especially for what I thought was the last episode of the show. It isn't, as season eleven is currently being filmed. Everything wraps up well (so this could have been the end of the show) but I felt it was a little too rushed. By far the two most touching moments are between attorney Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) and Booth, and between Camille and Brennan.

Extras include Sweets' Sweetest Moments (7 min, 35 sec which interviews cast and crew on their memory of Sweets' time on the show); From Script to Screen: Creating the 200th Episode (9 min, 55 sec) Deleted Scenes (over the six discs there are three of these (2 min, 35 sec; 1 min, 09 sec; and 1 min, 52 sec); and Gag Reel (6 min, 52 sec).

I had a couple of issues with this season. Firstly there seems to be more episodes than normal where the victim is supposed to be someone well known and secondly, and this is something that the show has been guilty of from day one, almost every episode concludes with the guilty suspect confessing everything Scooby-Doo style.

Otherwise, this is another fantastic season. Personally, I'm glad we'll get at least another year with Brennan, Booth and the team.


Darren Rea

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