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CSI: CSI - Law of Gravity (review)

Liev Schreiber

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from our favourite television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we take a look at the fifteenth episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in season seven, one entitled Law of Gravity.

What’s the story? As Grissom returned from his sabbatical, Keppler’s past came back to haunt him in the worst possible way.

Why so good? It’s rare for a newly introduced character to make such an impact on an already established show in so short a time – just four weeks.

Digging a little deeper: Keppler (Liev Schreiber), who first appeared as Grissom’s replacement in Episode 12, Sweet Jane, wasn’t at all what I’d expected. For a start, he was much younger and his methods, while not exactly unorthodox, were certainly different. And it was immediately obvious that we were looking at a man with a past.

In Law of Gravity all was revealed – not in a single swoop, of course, that wouldn’t be CSI’s style but piece by piece in a series of flashbacks. Usually a means of recreating crime scenarios, here they went a step further, exposing the tortured soul of a man who had brutally killed what turned out to be an innocent fellow being. And that man was indeed Keppler.

Some fine acting from Schreiber made it easy to empathise with Keppler’s predicament when blackmailed into silence by a supposed friend and former colleague, retired New Jersey cop Frank McCarty (Len Cariou). A thoroughly nasty character (though didn’t he look just a little bit like Nicholas Lyndhurst grown suddenly old!) whose presence at a crime scene involving a murdered police officer and prostitute was more than just coincidence.

While his betrayal of both Keppler and his own daughter, whose death it was Keppler avenged, was nothing short of heinous, particularly in the light of what ultimately transpired. And I’m deliberately not elaborating further so as not to spoil the plot completely for those of you yet to see the episode.

In the circumstances, the ending was inevitable (but again I’ll say no more). Even so, it left me feeling strangely bereft. All I can say, is thank goodness for Grissom who, with or without beard, it was good to see back. As for the rest of the team, they did what they always do – followed the evidence, although it has to be said, in this instance somewhat reluctantly.

In an episode that belonged to Keppler, this was CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at its very best.