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Bones' latest season may be shorter than usual, but it's still one of the better crime dramas around...
Fox / 567 Minutes / 2011-2012 / Unrated / Street Date: October 9, 2012
If you have chemistry in a detective show, you really have carte blanche to rehash as many clichéd storylines as you want. I mean, if there's anything crime drama television has taught us, it's that there are many different ways to murder someone, but there aren’t an infinite number of permutations on the formula: A killer, a victim, and a subsequent crime to be solved. We TV addicts will keep coming back for more whichever way you slice it.
What ends up being fresh and inviting about Bones: The Complete Seventh Season is that the show seems unencumbered by interests of doing anything more than resting on the laurels of the well-proven spark between stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. These episodes aren't groundbreaking in any capacity, but they make for perfectly engaging entertainment, and that's what matters most.
Truncated in size - nearly halved - compared to last season, Emily Deschanel's real-life pregnancy added significant twists (and scheduling concerns) to The Complete Seventh Season. But because Bones houses such pervasive charm and brio between its two leads, these preggo episodes totally work. The baddies are meaner than ever (check out the gross yet compelling Male in the Mail installment), but more importantly, the advent of a little one coming to town is reflected impressively in Boreanaz's and Deschanel's interpersonal relations. Bones may be just another detective show, but on The Complete Seventh Season, it's chock-full with humor, heart, and mystery - it's one of the best of its breed still on the air.