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CSI: Miami - Season 7 Premiere

David Caruso as Horatio Caine

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WHO shot Horatio Caine? Channel Five’s advertising slogan for the seventh season premiere of CSI: Miami doesn’t have quite the same resonance as that long ago poser it was attempting to emulate – Who shot JR? Besides, you didn’t really think Horatio was dead, did you?

Resurrection (there’s a give-away for starters) begins where Season 6’s Going Ballistic left off, with Horatio (David Caruso) lying wounded from a gunshot wound on the tarmac of a Miami airfield. And when Calleigh (Emily Procter) and Delko (Adam Rodriguez) arrive, they are greeted by Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) with the news that Horatio is dead. Wolfe, however, soon becomes a suspect, thanks to a text message saying simply “It’s done.”

Nevertheless, it quickly transpires that Horatio faked his own death in order to go undercover in his quest to catch Ron Saris (Kim Coates) who, he suspects, is selling dangerous fused alloy bullets to Miami lowlife. And as we already know, Saris just happens to be married to Horatio’s ex, Julia (Elizabeth Berkley), who has custody of their son Kyle (Evan Ellingson).

Also caught up in the equation is Juan Ortega (Jose Zuniga), the weapons dealer imprisoned after being pursued by Horatio, but it’s here that things start to get silly. Ortega, who refuses to help the CSI’s with their investigation, is driven through a rival gang’s territory in a misguided attempt to make him talk. Instead, he escapes in what can only be described as ludicrous circumstances. Not really what we’ve come to expect from CSI.

Also on the negative side, I wasn’t totally convinced by Calleigh and Delko’s reaction to what they thought was Horatio’s death. Their shock and anger somehow seemed contrived, particularly when you consider either Don Flack’s (Eddie Cahill) reaction to Jess’ death in CSI: NY or the entire team’s response to Warrick’s death in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Nonetheless, as stories go, Resurrection is a suitably fitting episode for a season premiere – a tad predictable maybe but the premise is a good one and it certainly provides a dramatic and explosive ending. My only other gripe is the departure (at least for the foreseeable future) of Jake Berkeley (Johnny Whitworth), who it transpires is once again doing undercover work, thereby effectively ending his relationship with Calleigh. His presence, always a thorn in Delko’s side, brought piquancy to a forbidden romantic triangle.

Despite Resurrection‘s ending, this is a storyline that will almost certainly recur – sooner if not later – which is no bad thing. A promising start then to a new season. But more importantly, Horatio lives to fight another day….