C.S.I. is an acclaimed, edgy, fast-paced drama series about
a passionate team of forensic investigators who work the graveyard
shift at the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau. Their job -
to find the missing pieces at the scene that will help to
solve the crime and vindicate those who often cannot speak
for themselves - the victims. Between the hidden clues and
the buried motives lies the trail to the truth because people
lie... but the evidence never does...
CSI sees a serious shift in the group dynamics of the
show. Firstly Greg (Eric Szmanda) has put in for a transfer
so that he can work in the field, and towards the end of this
collection the CSI team gets broken up - although to be honest
that doesn't really seem to make that much of a difference.
Gill and Sara end up working together, while Catherine is
promoted and has Warrick and Nick working under her and the
two groups still interact.
in this collection include:
Las Vegas, in which an alien is found buried in the desert
just outside Area 51. But, once in the CSI lab, it soon becomes
apparent that this alien is very much of this earth.
Meet, sees Sara and Greg investigating a swingers' party
when one of the revellers is found dead in a fountain. This
episode also sees a world first - a swingers party where everyone
looks like a model. But, oddly enough, it's the b-plot that
is actually the most entertaining. Nick and Warrick tackle
the gruesome murder of a mini-mall owner who meets the wrong
end of a table saw. This episode also sees the injection of
some much needed comedy in the form of Marty the cleanup guy.
Not only does he come in and clear up the mess once the CSI
have finished, but he also runs a number of other profitable
businesses that he manages to try to push onto people whose
houses he is tidying up. Not only that, but he also has the
front to drum up business for his cousin - who is a funeral
Eating Gilbert Grissom, in which we revisit an old case.
The "blue paint killer" seems to be active again.
But how can a man who was executed for his crimes carry on
his killing spree? This episode also has some clever art work
- the suspect does a number of drawings including a great
Mad magazine style fold-in drawing at the conclusion
to this episode.
A brutally murdered woman is found alongside the highway,
having been sexually mutilated with her throat slit. The investigation
shows she was in fact a transsexual, leading the team into
a world where no one is who he - or she - seems. It was a
shame that there was no audio commentary for this episode
as it would have been great to hear what problems the production
Culpa: When a technicality brings Grissom back to court
to testify in what he though was an open-and-shut case from
five years ago, he discovers new evidence - a fingerprint
he may have overlooked which doesn't match the defendant.
This triggers a new investigation, indicting Grissom's work
on the case, and giving Ecklie a chance to nail him. This
episode sees the start of the split up for the CSI team. Due
to Grissom's questionable work on the original evidence an
innocent man may have been wrongfully imprisoned.
by far my favourite episode in this collection was Who
Shot Sherlock. Greg's in the hot seat for his "final"
proficiency test when a Sherlock Holmes aficionado's apparent
suicide starts to look more like murder. This episode is incredibly
well written and acted with a number of clever twists.
fans will be pleased to learn that there are plenty of guest
stars that they will instantly recognise. These include Tony
Amendola and Alexis Cruz (Stargate: SG-1); Summer
Nana Visitor (Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine); Reiko
Berkley and D.B. Woodside (24); Nicholas
Lea (X-Files); and French Stewart (Third Rock from
include The Research of CSI: Maintaining the Accuracy
(11 mins featurette that interviews the show's advisers);
CSI Procedures on the Scene and in the Lab (19 mins);
and a number of audio commentaries on various episodes. The
audio commentary on Who Shot Sherlock is worth listening
to and gives us a number of interesting facts - including
the reason why the character who plays Sherlock Holmes is
called Dennis Kingsley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, who wrote
the original Sherlock Holmes stories, two sons were
called Dennis and Kingsley.
another cracking CSI collection.