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CSI: Miami - Season 3, Episodes 13-24

Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ACCORDING to a recently conducted poll published in the Radio Times the week commencing August 5, 2006, CSI: Miami is the most popular television show in the world.

Frankly, I’m amazed. It is good. In fact, it’s very good but that’s as far as it goes.

Without a doubt, it does have great storylines and glamorous locations; as well as a cast that (with one notable exception) is totally convincing.

I’m referring, of course, to Emily Procter whose portrayal of ballistics expert Calleigh Duquesne is, to say the least, wooden. Either that or she’s on a higher plane (and I don’t mean the sort with wings and a tail) than the rest of us mere mortals.

In Season 3, Episodes 13-24 (the most recent consignment to DVD) that doesn’t change. In Money Plane we see her working alongside Det. Hagan (Holt McCallany) with whom she had a relationship; while in Recoil, her father resurfaces and comes to her for guidance.

Fair enough, I hear you say, where they’re concerned she has cause to look down her prettily powdered nose. But it is, in fact, very much the norm for Ms Duquesne. And be honest, don’t you find her voice just a tiny bit irritating?

David Caruso, on the other hand, gives Lieutenant Horatio Caine warmth and compassion yet at the same time, a steely determination to succeed. Now we see him confront the past when important information about his dead brother comes to light – a storyline that plays out over three episodes: Killer Date, Vengeance and 10-7.

Meanwhile, new boy Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) is causing previously unheard of friction among the CSIs, in particular, with Delko (Adam Rodriguez) who’s thereby given ample opportunity to look mean and moody.

More serious for Delko, however, is the loss of his badge which is subsequently used in a crime (Killer Date).

As always, CSI: Miami tackles a wide range of subjects – from drug smuggling to identity theft to illegal moonshine operations; and as we’ve come to expect, nothing is ever quite what it seems.

There’s even a touch of the bizarre thrown in for good measure – in an episode entitled Identity, a woman is apparently swallowed whole (and killed if you are in any doubt!) by a gigantic snake.

All of which makes for excellent viewing. But the best? Not when there’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: New York.....

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