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CSI: New York - Season 2, Episodes 13 - 24

Carmine Giovinazzo

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALTHOUGH the most recent of the three CSI franchises to hit our screens, CSI: New York has already established itself as one of the best dramas on television. And for those of you who can’t get enough of ‘Mac’ and Co, Season 2, Episodes 13 – 24 are now available to buy on DVD.

Despite the format remaining unchanged and the same as used to such good effect in both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, CSI: New York cleverly maintains its own identity – thanks mainly to a charismatic cast, headed by Hollywood actor Gary Sinise.

His Detective ‘Mac’ Taylor is both compassionate and supportive but woe betide anyone who doesn’t play it by the book – as Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) discovered to her cost at the beginning of the season.

However, if you thought Aiden was gone and forgotten, then think again. Episode 23, Heroes, sees the conclusion of her story and suffice to say, she won’t be coming back. It does, however, leave you with the niggling feeling that she was right all along.

Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) also comes under ‘Mac’s’ microscopic eye when a cigarette found at a crime scene bears his DNA (Run Silent, Run Deep). It’s a taut storyline that deliberately leaves room for doubt even though, like ‘Mac’, you think you know the young CSI.

And the explosive season finale, Charge of This Post, is as good as it gets, proving once again that CSI: New York isn’t afraid of tackling sensitive issues. It’s here that ‘Mac’ finally comes to terms with events of 1983, when he was forced to leave a young marine to die in Beirut.

While fans of Flack (Eddie Cahill) must wait almost until the credits roll to discover whether the young detective makes it through to Season 3.

CSI: New York, like its companions CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, explores the fascinating world of forensic science, frequently leaving little to the imagination. That, plus excellent storylines and characters that are totally believable, all make for compulsive viewing.

Special Offer:

From October 23, 2006 to the New Year, you can buy one CSI box set and get another absolutely free – that’s two, three-disc box sets for just £39.99; and the promotion covers all 20 CSI releases, so you can mix and match or simply stick with your favourite.