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CSI: Miami - Season 3, Episodes 1 - 12

CSI: Miami, Season 3.1

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FANS of CSI: Miami will be pleased to learn that Season 3, episodes 1-12 will be available to buy on DVD from June 5, 2006.

And as expected, the format remains pretty much intact. But as they say, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. There is, however, one major change; one that sees CSI: Miami break completely new ground.

I’m referring, of course, to the departure of Rory Cochrane whose character Tim Speedle, a CSI trace specialist, is fatally wounded when his weapon misfunctions and fails to fire during a ‘call-out’.

This happens in the very first episode, Lost Son, and came about after Cochrane who was unhappy with the show’s long shooting schedule, asked to be written out of the series in order to pursue a career in film. Not an easy transition as co-star Caruso knows only too well.

His departure does, however, make way for the introduction of a new character, Ryan Woolf (Jonathan Togo) a young patrolman with a background in science, who impresses Caine (David Caruso) to such a degree that he’s recruited as a CSI.

But are we really expected to believe it’s that easy to become a CSI or is CSI: Miami stretching credibility a tad too far? After all, even CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s Greg found the switch from simply examing specimens to actively collecting them a protracted process.

And still we discover little about the CSIs themselves, a clever ploy that could in part, account for the show’s continuing popularity. Most certainly a case of less being more.

However, the one notable exception occurs in Episode 7, Crime Wave and concerns Yelina (Sofia Milos) who shows up for work with a black eye that she makes no attempt to cover.

This is strange, to say the least, considering she works for her brother-in-law (Caine) who not only has feelings for her, but doesn’t get on with the man responsible for hitting her. You can be sure we haven’t heard the last of this one yet…..

With three established CSI franchises running concurrently, it might seem inevitable that storylines clash yet this is never the case. All remain as uniquely entertaining as when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation first graced our screens.

That said, some viewers will find certain scenes disturbing, for CSI: Miami, like its Las Vegas and New York counterparts, doesn’t balk at depicting (often in graphic detail) violent and shocking death or indeed, its aftermath.

Yet it’s here that a fine line exists between what is acceptable and what is simply gratuitous and, for the sake of the show’s future, it’s one producers must tread very carefully indeed.

But, as I’ve said before, this aspect of the show is partly offset by the exotic locations and the ‘glamour’ of the stars themselves who are, without exception, easy on the eye. Sadly, however, it’s the Miami team that is the least charismatic of the three – at least, in my opinion.

So, there you have it – a show with intriguing storylines, a blatant mix of glamour and gore, but more importantly, the triumph of good over evil – in a nutshell, the ultimate whodunit.

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