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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 5.1

William Petersen

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FANS of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be pleased to learn that Season 5.1 is available to buy on DVD from April 24, 2006.

And although the show’s basic format remains the same, Season 5 does see a number of significant changes – most notably, to the team itself.

In an episode entitled Mea Culpa, and following two quite separate incidents, a newly promoted Eckley (Marc Vann) initiates an investigation into the team’s working practices, which results in the CSIs being split up.

So, while Grissom (William Petersen) remains in charge of the ‘graveyard shift’ and with it Sara (Jorja Fox), Greg (Eric Szmanda) and Sofia (Louise Lombard), Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) is promoted to head of the ‘swing shift’ and in charge of Nick (George Eads) and Warrick (Gary Dourdan).

And already, we have mention of two other changes – Greg no longer confined to the lab but working ‘in the field’ (he becomes a fully-fledged CSI in an intriguing episode dedicated to the great British detective, Sherlock Holmes – Who Shot Sherlock?); and a new character, Sofia Curtis.

We first meet Sofia in Formalities, when she joins Grissom and the team (not yet split up) investigating the murder of a teenager; and a mutual attraction between her and the enigmatic Gil soon becomes apparent, leaving Sara noticeably antagonistic towards the newcomer.

Finally, in Harvest, Greg’s second replacement arrives (the first having been outpaced by the team’s demands) in the shape of Mia (Aisha Tyler). And in the same episode which deals with the abduction of a young girl, Lindsay Willows is found hitchiking, much to her mother Catherine’s dismay.

As always, there’s much more to CSI than meets the eye. In Crow’s Feet, for example, the beauty spray Dorian Spray is probably a reference to Oscar Wilde’s legendary character Dorian Gray, who stayed young as long as he didn’t see his portrait.

Season 5 also clocked up the show’s 100th episode, Ch-Ch-Changes, which David Bowie fans will recognize from their hero’s hit single Changes. A particularly apt title given the episode deals with the sensitive issue of sex change.

Most alarming though, is Gil really short for Gilbert? It would seem so from an episode entitled What’s Eating Gilbert Grissom?. But I ask you, and I mean no disrespect to any Gilberts out there, does he look like a Gilbert? I don’t think so….

So there you have it – CSI in a nutshell. But how much more enjoyable to watch each episode unfold whenever the fancy takes you. And now, of course, you can….