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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 8
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Warning: slight spoilers ahead.

You'd figure that for a show going on it's eighth season (a season shortened by the WGA strike to boot) that things would get a bit stale to say the least, especially considering the horde of network TV imitators to pop up since it's original inception. Fear not, C.S.I. still manages to keep going strong, and it picks up by grabbing the viewer by the throat and not letting go either. Grissom (William L. Petersen) and his team race against time to find and save Sara (Jorja Fox) as her life hangs in the balance, which eventually leads up to her departure from Vegas, as well as a heartbroken Grissom. Things don't get much better for the crew as Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) receives a threat, and Warrick's (Gary Dourdan) life begins to spin out of control, leading him to be charged for murder, and concludes in the explosive season finale which only promises more changes to come. While some moments may come off as a bit hackneyed, C.S.I. manages to still be spectacular thanks to the depth that the principal characters get in this eighth season. Even lab-man Hodges (Wallace Langham) gets an episode to shine as he and the lab techs play some "murder games" in the inventive episode "You Kill Me". There's also a crossover with Without a Trace, as Grissom and FBI Agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) team up to solve a murder and kidnapping. All in all, C.S.I. still manages to wonderfully deliver the goods even in it's eighth season, and still remains the best prime time, network TV crime drama on the air today.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2008
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My favourite show never fails to deliver the goods. This is a fantastic season, despite the depature of Jorja Fox (Sara). Surprisingly, there was hardly any fanfare when she left (not on screen anyway). Her relationship with Grisolm was only beginning to take off for the viewers and before it could really get off the ground, she was gone.
In the first episode, Dead Doll, the team race against the clock to find Sara who has been left for dead in the heat of the desert. That was one of the best episodes. My next favourite episode was A La Carte where they investigate a beheaded teen from a go-cart accident. Then in Cockroaches and Lying Down With Dogs, we start to see Warrick in a whole different light - drugs and alcohol and he's framed for a murder in these two episodes. The final show for this season is called For Gedda in which Warrick is accused of murdering a famous Vegas gangster and even he is uncertain of his guilt or innocence. What happens at the end of this episode will leave every fan in shock (even though you've probably read about it or seen it already). I was devastated.
This season gives us a real good look into more of the characters personal lives. The story lines always remain fresh and there seems to be no shortage of material and ideas for keeping us fans loyal. It remains my absolute favourite show and as usual, I cannot wait for it's release. I only hope that for a change, they'll put a synopsis on the dvd cover of each episode. Sometimes you go to look for a particular episode and don't know the name of it - only the storyline - which makes searching for it a little tricky, but despite this, it's always a good buy and I thoroughly enjoy re-watching these all. I hope you'll enjoy it too.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2008
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okay, some may say, "4 stars for a superb season of CSI?" well, as a season, CSI - The Complete Eighth Season is above a five star. with a gutwrenching opening episode in "Dead Doll". two of the funniest episodes ever in "You Kill Me" and "Two and a Half Deaths", the heartbreaking departure of one of our favorite CSI's (not saying for those who haven't seen), a terrific crossover episode with Without a Trace, and the scream inducing last minutes of the season in "For Gedda" where one of the CSI's life may and probably is over. so why 4 instead of 5 stars? The price. Seasons 1 - 7 all had around the same price, but seasons 1 - 7 had like 23 to 25 episodes each. Season 8 has only 17 episodes, only 5 discs and pretty much the same amount of extras as previous seasons. Okay, they do give us the Without a Trace crossover episodes in full, but $85 bucks guys? what are the discs made of? Gold? I love CSI more than any other show, but i'm very unhappy with CBS decision to make the dvd sets the same price as previous sets (Miami and NY both have the same pricing as prvious seasons as well.) I'm aware that the strike is to blame, but price the sets more to the content. say $65 for a short season. I'm just saying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2010
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As always, we love the original CSI seasons and can't wait to watch the episodes back to back. We rarely get to see CSI until the season is released, so we didn't see the final episode of season 8 until we viewed this season set. We hated to see such a strong character leave the show.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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While I've never watched a single broadcast episode of CSI, I've purchased every season set of this core series. Now, the reason I've been purchasing the season sets was because of my initial purchase of the Bones season sets and so I had decided to jump into another crime drama. CSI happened to be that very bet.

Now, I've enjoyed the series up until now but I had found this season to be particular dull and it seemed to lack the friendly atmosphere that I had enjoyed from the previous seven seasons. The mix-up of the cast threw me off-balance and it seemed that the characters were bumping around aimlessly with no real purpose. However, overall, the series is still rather enjoyable to watch.

The one good thing that fans of this show can expect is that the two-art crossover episode that begins in Episode 806 and concludes in "Without a Trace Episode 3T6108 - Where and Why" are both included in this set so there's no reason to buy Without a Trace Season 3.
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on July 25, 2009
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Though, the team loses two of its most charismatic members, their exits are tastefully written. Sara Sidle having returned from a traumatic near death experience in conjunction with the demons with which she struggled throughout the show, not to mention the secret romance now under heavy scrutiny by department authorities, I can appreciate her sullen effort to get back on the job. Given, Warrick Brown's perilous history with corrupt officials, it seemed like the right way for him to go.

Cool guest appearances as always this season. Redman, Method Man, Katey Sagal, Rachael Harris, and a special reunion for George Eads with former Savannah co-star Jamie Luner.

Definitely the most graphic season, I've seen so far. But also some great comedy and a collaborative effort with another popular Bruckheimer series 'Without A Trace,' tells me this series will continue to move forward and break some new ground. I can't wait to see what new changes are in store next season and who else will appear or join this great cast.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2008
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All I can say is this is the best season of all except for Jorja Fox and Gary Dourdan leaving the show but I still like it.
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on April 8, 2009
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This was a really bittersweet season for me as a GSR CSI fan. The proposal of marriage and the "finally out in the open" relationship between Grissom and Sara was very nice in the snippets we were shown.

The way they had Jorja leave the show and what happened after was awful and, I've always felt, unnecessary. After that it just seemed that the show started to spiral down (which we're still experiencing in Season 9). There are still glimpses of how good things could be, but the writers did seem to lose their thread quite a bit. It felt like they lost heart in a lot of the episodes in the second half, and the strike didn't help matters. It turns out that William Petersen and Gary Dourdan had also planned to leave in this season, and what started out as "reasons for departure" and "wrap up of characters" got cut off and ended up dragging into the 9th season.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season On first viewing, I was somewhat disappointed in CSI 8th Season. It struck me as grim and confusing. Also, I wasn't prepared for the spoofs it includes, and I had to adjust my attitude in order to enjoy them. The first Season-8 episode focuses on the "miniature killer" Natalie and on Sarah, trapped under the car. I was disappointed that the focus of the much-anticipated episode shifted so completely away from Natalie. But then, I'm fascinated by serial killers. I also found it difficult to see a couple of the team members go through extremely stressful situations. But, once I adjusted to the plots, I found my enjoyment restored. In sum, I'd say that the season is a good mix of the dire and the delightful. I'm still one of their more devoted fans.
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on May 17, 2009
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season
This season was cut short due to the strike from the writers guild (17 episodes where previous seasons had 24 or more) but it also contained most of my own personal favorite, or key, episodes.
The season ending cliff hanger, "For Gedda", which had Warrick Brown shot in his car in the final seconds. Sara's final episode, "Goodbye and Good Luck", is also during this season series. The "thought experiment" episode, "You Kill Me" brought some humor element and "A La Cart" was the referenced episode for the Grissom phone call cameo in season 9 episode.
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