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CSI: New York - Season 3, Part 1

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALTHOUGH CSI: New York, Series 3 has just completed its run on Channel 5, fans need not despair. Part 1 is already available to buy or rent on DVD.

As always, crimes are the main consideration but it’s in Series 3 that we get to know more about the CSIs themselves – in particular, Dr Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) and relative newcomer Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap).

In an episode entitled And Here’s To You, Mrs Azrael!, an investigation leads Hawkes to the hospital where he once worked as a promising surgeon, forcing him to confront the past and the events that led to his decision to become a medical examiner. It’s an episode that also discusses an emotive subject – mercy killing. As for the killer, it’s one of those rare occasions when contempt is tempered by pity.

And in Raising Shane, Hawkes becomes the chief suspect in a case involving the murder of a bartender – a clever and, as it turns out, tragic storyline that sees Hawkes framed by Shane Casey whose brother was convicted of murder on evidence produced in court by Hawkes.

Monroe’s past also comes back to haunt her. Early on in the series, in an episode entitled Love Run Cold, she ends her relationship with Danny because there is “stuff” she must deal with. It later transpires that she was the sole survivor of a brutal crime (Silent Snow).

And Monroe isn’t the only CSI having a relationship with a colleague. Mack ‘Mac’ Taylor (Gary Sinise) is involved with Medical Examiner Dr Peyton Driscoll (Claire Forlani) who, quite possibly, has the plummiest English accent in the history of American TV drama. But it’s an uneasy relationship, due mainly to Mac’s unerring loyalty to his dead wife Claire who, you may remember, died in the September 11 attacks.

In fact, in an episode entitled Consequences, the teenager ‘Mac’ arrests for stalking Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) turns out to be Reed Garrett, the son Claire had in high school and gave up for adoption. The boy had simply mistaken Stella for Claire and so it falls to Mac to explain the situation.

And it’s in this same episode that for the first time, we see tension between Taylor and Flack (Eddie Cahill) when two of the young cop’s officers are involved in a crime and he is obliged to hand over his log book.

As is so often the case with CSI, whether Vegas, New York or Miami based, one or maybe even two episodes in every season will stand head and shoulders above the rest and here we have Hung Out To Dry, a complex story which draws inspiration from Greek mythology and clothes with hidden meanings. It also introduces the sadly misguided Shane Casey.

Hung Out to Dry is, however, a particularly gruesome episode which I’m inclined to think oversteps that very fine line between what is acceptable and what isn’t.

Nevertheless, CSI: New York has, in spite of being the most recent of the three franchises, already established itself as a class act – one that, hopefully, will be around for a very long time. So go ahead – enjoy…..

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