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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 12


Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEASON 12 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation came to a close with a storyline that re-opened old wounds, unravelled some of the mystery surrounding D.B. Russell and Julie Finlay’s relationship and ended with the kind of cliffhanger that CSI does best.

In fact, it’s been a superb season; the only fly in the ointment being the departure of Marg Helgenberger whose sensitive portrayal of Catherine Willows has been a high spot of the entire series. A hard act to follow but Elisabeth Shue (as Finlay) has taken on the challenge and, in just a few short weeks, become an integral part of the show.

As for Ted Danson as the charismatic and compassionate D.B. Russell, he has quite simply injected new life into a series that was in very real danger of losing credibility – not to mention ratings. However, the series that first turned forensic science into an art form, is now firmly back on track and reminiscent of the glory days of the enigmatic but equally charismatic Gil Grissom (William Petersen).

Just one question, with Sara Sidle, aka Mrs Gil Grissom, (Jorja Fox) once more a regular cast member, where does that leave her marriage? It’s something that has never been fully explained.

Part of the success of Season 12 can also be attributed to storylines involving original and long-standing cast members – Nick Stokes (George Eads), Sara, Greg Sanders (Eric Szmander) and Dr Al Robbins (Robert David Hall).

Even the somewhat exasperating David Hodges (Wallace Langham) has enjoyed an on-going storyline involving his mother (played by former Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith) and this season’s third new cast regular Morgan Brody (Elisabeth Harnois). Perhaps a trifle ludicrous, it has nevertheless provided some welcome light relief.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation continues to bring fast-paced, novel, sometimes eccentric, but always hard-hitting storylines to our screens, frequently revealing the less seemly side of the bright-light city that is Las Vegas. In my book, definitely the best of the bunch.