Working the night shift at CSI Las Vegas's crime lab, Warrick
and Nick are up for the same assignments. With a single coin
toss, Nick loses and goes to investigate a report of entrails
found in an alley. It is here that Nick vanishes, kidnapped
by a madman demanding a ransom. Nick is entombed in a clear
coffin with nothing but a tape-recorder, 12 hours of air,
glow sticks and his loaded service revolver. In a live web
feed to his team-mates, who can see and hear but not communicate
with him, panic starts to take over. From here it's a frantic
race against time to save Nick before his air runs out. It
will take all of the CSI's skills, methods and cunning to
save their colleague. Can they rise to this challenge or will
this be the one case they cannot crack?...
Danger is a two-part episode written and directed by Quentin
Tarantino. And boy, what a fantastic roller-coaster ride you're
in for. This time CSI is checking all the evidence at a crime
scene in order to save one of their own. And if the cliff-hanging
ending to part one doesn't have you shouting at the TV in
disbelief, then you are probably already dead.
be honest this episode really rests with one actor. It looks
George Eads (Nick)
has it easy this episode. All he has to do is spend the whole
time in a box. But if the audience don't believe that he is
really buried alive then the race to save him would have appeared
rather dull and pointless. Thankfully Eads pulls out all the
stops and really goes for it. His reaction, on realising what
has happened to him, is scarily believable. He stops just
short of over acting and his scenes are incredibly powerful.
doubt fans will moan that some of the characters didn't get
to do much (especially Sara), but to be honest that's how
CSI episodes go. Some episodes see the odd character
being pretty much ignored, and the next week they are centre
are a little disappointing. All we get are the original CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami pilots.
While these are pretty entertaining, it would have been a
lot better if there had been some form of extra on the Grave
Danger episodes. I suppose that these are being stored
up for the season five release of CSI, but it would
have made sense to have had at least a 'behind the scenes'
documentary - you can't tell me they didn't make one for broadcast
on American TV.
the downside, there are questions as to whether Tarantino
is a huge CSI fan or not. Does he know the characters
at all? There are plenty of moments where the main cast act
strangely out of character. Grissom, in particular doesn't
seem like the Grissom we've come to know and love over the
past five seasons. While this is no doubt Tarantino stamping
his own unique personality on the episodes, how many other
writers/directors would have been allowed to bend the rules
like Tarantino does? Thankfully,
the end result is still close enough for you to identify with
with that slight quibble, this is still one of the best CSI
episodes I've seen. However, if you are a true CSI
fan then you might like to wait until it's released as part
of the second season five (or 5.2 as it will no doubt
be called) box set... Oh, what the hell! It's only £16.
Go and buy it! You won't be disappointed.