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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Season 5.2

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Spark of Life commentary; 4×4 Commentary; Committed Commentary; Season 5 – A Post Mortem; Weeping Willows Commentary; CSI: Tarantino Style; CSI: Procedures on the scene and in the lab.

SO MUCH has already been written about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, I doubt there’s anything much I can add. And with Season 6 currently airing on prime-time television, viewers will, I’m sure, already have made up their own minds about the show.

However, with Season 5.2 now available to buy on DVD, here’s a quick reminder of what went on in the latter half of the season. And for anyone who’s forgotten, this was the season that culminated in the riveting 2-part finale Grave Danger (note pun), directed by Hollywood maestro, Quentin Tarantino.

The team is, of course, still split up with Grissom (William Petersen) in charge of the ‘graveyard shift’ and fellow CSIs Sara (Jorja Fox), Greg (Eric Szmanda) and Sofia (Louise Lombard); while Nick (George Eads) and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) are answerable to Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) who, earlier in the season, was promoted to head of the ‘swing shift’.

And the crimes are as varied, gruesome and outrageous as ever. Take, for example, King Baby in which the investigation into the death of a casino owner, exposes the bizarre world of infantilism.

But in a departure from normal, an entire episode, Hollywood Brass, is devoted to the diminutive detective (Paul Guilfoyle) who leaves the bright lights of Vegas for the seedy streets of Hollywood, in order to track down his estranged daughter’s friend. A moving episode, it shows a softer side to the oftimes cynical Brass.

Also unusual, Eckley (Marc Vann) is given his own case to solve (Iced), only to have the body – that of a man found dead in his car – go missing!!!

We also learn something of Sara’s background following her suspension by Eckley, for insubordination (Nesting Dolls) and it’s not at all what you might expect. But, if like me, you’ve had misgivings about the young lady in question, you will almost certainly view her in a more sympathetic light as a result.

And finally, Alan Rosenberg who guest stars in Weeping Willows, is Marg Helgenberger’s husband.

As yet, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation shows no signs of flagging. But everything, it seems, has a ‘shelf-life’, so it’s probably only a matter of time before someone pulls the plug on this and its equally successful spin-offs. My advice, therefore, is to keep and enjoy it on DVD.

Read our verdict on the Tarantino season finale