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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 3 Box Set (15)



Review: Lizzie Guilfoyle

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary for Lessons by Joss 'CSI Moves Into Season 3' featurette; The Writer's Room featurette; Crime Scene Field Kit; Multiple episode commentaries.

EPISODE GUIDE: Revenge Is Best Served Cold, The Accused Is Entitled, Let The Seller Beware, A Little Murder, Abra Cadaver, The Execution Of Catherine Willows, Fight Night, Snuff, Blood Lust, High And Low, Recipe For Murder, Got Murder?.

SEASON Three continues where Season Two left off and loses none of its style and dramatic effect.

For the uninitiated, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation goes to the very heart of crime. It's forensic science as we've never seen it before, frequently with graphic anatomical reconstructions of injuries sustained by hapless victims.

And it doesn't balk at depicting autopsies in meticulous and gory detail, so it's definitely not one for the squeamish.

Set in Las Vegas, a refreshing change from New York or Los Angeles, CSI focuses on a team of forensic scientists working the grave-yard shift.

In charge, is the enigmatic Gil Grissom (William L Petersen), the type of boss you wouldn't want to disappoint and his dedicated team - Catherine and Sara, Warrick and Nick - seldom do.

CSI though, is more about solving crime than the lives of its principal characters, so never descends into the realm of 'soaps'. What little we do learn is much like the proverbial carrot, leaving us disappointed and wanting more.

Season Three does, however, see Sara's relationship with EMT worker, Hank Peddigrew, thrown into serious doubt when some startling facts about him emerge during the course of a case. (Crash and Burn)

Likewise, we see Warrick's normal unbiased detachment seriously tested when the child of his former mentor is killed in a drive-by shooting. (Random Acts of Violence)

And having discovered something of Catherine's past in Season Two, Lady Heather's Box takes us one step further when her ex-husband, accompanied by their daughter, is involved in a car crash and subsequently disappears.

While in the season's finale, Inside the Box, her relationship with father-figure, Sam Brown, comes, somewhat uncomfortably, under the microscope.

As for Grissom, a suspected hearing problem reaches a climax when he reluctantly seeks medical help.

As usual, the crimes come hard and fast - drowning, impaling, poisoning, shooting, rape and others bordering on the bizarre. There's even a snuff movie thrown in for good measure.

But things are seldom what they seem and the final conclusion is only reached after a maze of evidence, intricacies and dead-ends has been successfully negotiated.

CSI is never dull. It combines the glamour of Las Vegas with its less seemly side; the vibrancy of its characters with the often appalling demise of its victims. Yet, it's never disrespectful and good usually prevails. Above all, though, it's highly entertaining.

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