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“Bones: The Final Chapter” Ending a 12 Year Dynasty

The entertaining crime show “Bones: The Final Chapter” delivers a nice finale of its 12 year run on Fox TV. All good things sooner or later come to a halt, but for those diehard fans of the show, crime drama lovers, and forensic science fanatics it never has to end on a DVD. And with today’s technology you’ll have a tough time wearing out your home video copy, so press replay as often as you like. Check below for an even startling couple of paragraphs on the availability of all 12 seasons in what I call “the brick”.

In this final season you’ll be left hanging again as with all the previous years. Or at least if you’re a fan like me, it’ll leave you empty and heartbroken that there won’t be another “next year”. What about a spinoff you say? Not likely.

Bones the Final Season – Emily Deschanel as Dr Temperance Brennan and David Boreananz as Seeley Booth in BONES The Final Chapter

Much like season after season we find FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) getting case after case involving a gross murder. But, have no fear his wife and the head forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is there to identify what killed the victim or victims and what other evidence may be needed to find the murderer. Also in the main cast are Michaela Conlin as forensic artist Angela Montenegro, Tamara Taylor as forensic pathologist Dr Camille Saroyen, John Boyd as FBI Agent James Aubrey, and T.J. Thyne as forensic chemist Dr. Jack Hodgins, with Patricia Belcher as Prosecutor Caroline Julian and John Francis Daley as Sweets in recurring roles.

Bones the Final Chapter – Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro, Emily Deschanel as Dr Temperance Brennan and Tamara Taylor as Dr Camille Saroyen

But enough about that as every show follows the same pattern. It’s the topics and the kind of crimes that makes this murder mystery drama work. In the 12th season the episode titles read like a horror anthology. “The Hope in the Horror” the opening chapter takes over where season 11 left off with Bones still being held captive by a serial killer with the suspicion being laid on Dr. Zack Addy (Eric Millegan).

In chapter two “The Brain in the Bot” a regional dog show finds some of the owners looking for a runnaway dog and come across it feasting on a dead body. Jumping to the next episode “The New Tricks in the Old Dog” some teens break into a restricted area where the town has been dumping toxic waste and find a body in a barrel of acid. In “The Price for the Past”, episode 4, a boy and his mom come across a dead body in the park leading to an investigation of someone from Brennan’s past. “The Tutor and the Tussle” involves a cop chasing a kid who stole a street sign that leads to a dead body. Episode 6 “The Flaw in the Saw” finds two kids looking through a dumpster outside taxidermy where they find a human arm.

Bones the Final Chapter – David Boreanaz as FBI Agent Seeley Booth

Well you get the drift of the series and if you have followed it or at least know the main characters you’ll enjoy some of the comedy along with the guts and gore. The final six chapter titles are: “The Scare in the Score”, “The Grief and the Girl”, “The Steel in the Wheels”, “The Radioactive Panthers in the Party”, “The Day in the Life” and “The End in the End”. Whew! I can see why they ended the series, the creator probably couldn’t come up with new titles.

Even if you haven’t seen the other seasons, you will catch on quickly and be able to ride the roller coaster of death and dismemberment. Ladies, after a while even the goriest of scenes will just be another chance to see what’s inside the bodies in which we live. After a few episodes even the most timid will join the adults on the couch. After all, it’s just fiction. BUT, not recommended for the immature and especially the smaller tykes that may be roaming your house during adult hours.


If the 525 minutes of programming aren’t enough you’ll find about 25 minutes of extras including “Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective” and even a “Gag Reel” so you can chuckle at a lot of mistakes and outtakes.

THE BRICK – all 12 seasons of BONES individually boxed in one cool looking case


As you will see from the above photo Fox Home Entertainment has also released all twelve seasons in what I call a “THE BRICK”. Its 12 Boxed DVD’s including season 12 (reviewed in this article). That’s 144 episodes from the beginning in 2005 to the finale in 2017.

You’ll see twelve years of aging from the innocent and gorgeous Emily Deschanel to the changes in fashions over the many years on the perps and the other characters that join the main cast. Best of all, if you missed any of the episodes, have never watched a season, or just want to relive the 10752 minutes of uninterrupted crime and forensic science, it’s all in one big box.

And that’s not all. There’s over 6 hours of Bonus Extras including all the deleted scenes, more gag reels than you can shake a stick at, audio commentaries from actors and executive producers, production design and visual effects and a whole lot more. Wow I sound like a salesman selling “Flex Seal”.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Good acting, direction and production make this series a winner.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, and John Boyd 
Creator: Barry Josephson (all 272 Episodes)
Executive Producers: Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson (all 272 Episodes)
TV Rating: TV-14
Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy
Running Time: 525 min. (12 Episodes)
Video Release Date: June 16, 2017
Original TV Release Date: January 3, 2017 through March 28, 2017
Language: English (changeable to Spanish)
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 3 Discs
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at