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CSI: New York - Season 4, Part 2

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IT SEEMS like only yesterday that the ‘youngest’ of the three CSI franchises, CSI: New York, hit TV screens in the UK. But it was, in fact, four years ago. Now, Season 4, Part 2 of the popular crime series comes to DVD for the first time, so it can be yours to keep and enjoy forever – or at least until the disc wears out!

This was, of course, the season that was interrupted by the Hollywood writer’s strike and Playing with Matches, in which the team investigate a death in a self-cleaning toilet, was actually completed by non union writers. Fortunately, neither quality nor continuity suffered.

Season 4 has already kept viewers guessing with an intriguing on-going storyline involving Mac (Gary Sinise), Stella (Melina Kanakaredes), the number 333, mysterious phone calls and jigsaw puzzles. In later episodes, and no doubt taking a leaf out of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s book, the skills of the New York CSIs are severely tested by a serial killer.

In this instance, it’s the so-called taxicab killer. It’s a story that bears striking similarities to the 1999 film The Bone Collector, in which the killer kidnaps some of his victims by masquerading as a cab driver and powerlocking the rear doors, thereby trapping them inside. A clever premise, I’m only surprised it didn’t offend the real New York cabbies whose livelihoods depend on regular fares!

It’s a storyline that plays out over several episodes and one that re-introduces Reed Garrett (Kyle Gallner), the son Mac’s late wife, Claire, gave up for adoption before becoming Mrs Taylor. Now working for a New York newspaper and with his own internet blog, Reed unwittingly puts himself in danger when he hails a cab. It’s a scene that’s cleverly intercut with images of Lindsay (Anna Belknap) doing likewise.

And speaking of Lindsay, it’s in Part 2 of Season 4 that her relationship with Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) takes a nose dive, due largely to his guilt over the death of his neighbour’s son Ruben (Child’s Play). But maybe if she’d been a little more sympathetic, he wouldn’t have ended up in the arms of the boy’s mother (Jacqueline Pinol).

However, the Ruben/Danny incident does lead the way for a gripping storyline involving a stolen gun, the boy’s killer and the deep bond of friendship shared by Danny and Flack (Eddie Cahill) (All in the Family).

We also learn a little more of Mac’s past when Quinn Shelby (Kristen Dalton), a CSI from New Jersey, arrives to assess Mac’s team for its annual accreditation – so how dare Lindsay leave evidence unattended (Like Water for Murder). It seems the two are not only old rivals, both having applied for the New York position, but they were also physically attracted to one another, having shared a kiss – this while Mac was married to Claire!

And for the first time that I can remember (and please correct me if I’m wrong), the normally astute Mac is totally fooled by a suspect – but then weren’t we all. It makes for a cliffhanger ending of sorts in the season finale (Hostage) and I say of sorts because it’s almost certain that Sinise will be back for a fifth season. Besides, it’s bad enough CSI: Crime Scene Investigation losing Grissom (William Petersen) without CSI: New York following suit.

This is a great series, deservedly so, for not only does it consistently deliver intriguing storylines but it also reveals just enough about key character’s personal lives to leave you wanting more – a combination that clearly guarantees success. What more could you ask…..

CSI: New York, Season 4, Part 1 review

Certificate: 15
Running time: 475mins
UK DVD Release: October 27, 2008