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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
Eleven seasons down and this show is still going great! It's not the same show as it once was in the days of Grissom (William Petersen) but the cast is strong and the stories still worth watching. For fans of the show, this set is a must have. Overall, the episodes of season eleven were closer to the early seasons in terms of quality. The show hit some lean times in terms of believability and quality a couple of seasons back, but seems to be hitting it's stride again. May the show continue for many more seasons to come!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
CSI season 11 was a very good season. it combined the lifes of nick, cathrine, ray, and sara all in one season. season 10 was okay and eleven was great. hoping twelve is even better. this is the season to get. And a 3-part finale, never done before and it was better than ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2011
I own every season of CSI. One of the things I look forward to every year is the extras and deleted scenes. The interviews with the series' stars and showrunners are treasure troves of information, and it's fun to hear the actors' perspectives on various aspects of the season just completed. However, I was a little disappointed with the actor interviews for season 11, because there were no interviews with Laurence Fishburne. I would've really liked to hear his views on the whole Nate Haskell storyline and the dark depths of his character, Dr. Ray Langston. Other than that, the special features in this season 11 set were very enjoyable. The one about "Walking with Dinousaur" was especially delightful, but the one about Sqweegel is not for squeamish! The writers talked about how they came up with some of the stories. But the best of the special features was the actors talking about the evolution of their characters and how they've changed and grown over the years. If you love CSI in all of it incarnations (like I do!), you will not be disappointed.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2011
Preposterous plot lines and hackneyed writing has taken this once great series and fed it to the sharks.And Fonzie is strapping on his waterskis getting ready for the jump.

Plots include: Vindictive killer contortionists in latex onesies hiding under beds? JUSTIN BIEBER? Shackled women on all fours acting like cats? And a serial killer sending Ray a kidney bean in the mail? Come on...REALLY?

The writing is atrocious, they are giving the cast such absurd one liners that even Henny Youngman would be barfing in the nearest corner. (E.G. Catherine walking by the industrial shredder saying "well I wouldn't wanna fall into that" Or Nick commenting on some drunk women who threw a guy over a hotel railing "A friend will help you move, but a good friend will help you move a body" NYUK NYUK.) Just awful and insipid writing that is totally contrary to the original CSI creative ethos

The most frustrating aspect of season 11 is that it has sacrificed the science in favor of a level of violence so abhorrent it actually crosses into torture porn. The science USED to tell the story of what happened with minimal flashbacks and just the right amount of special effects. Now the science is packed on the hideous back of the violence with such ridiculously over the top effects and repetitive bloody and violent flashbacks that the viewer is left to feel violated and in need of a shower. It takes pandering to a level even gutters can't compete with. This is especially apparent in an episode featuring a victim who is force fed clam chowder made with his own severed ear and sprinkled with shards of shredded credit cards. The episode with the kidnapping and torture of Rays wife was also repellant and gratuitous. When will Hollywood pull its head out of its backside and stop offering rape as entertainment?

This season also shows a gruesome suicide by hanging that will induce nausea in anyone who has maintained even a modicum of sentience. On the subject of sentience, the episode about hoarding was especially lacking in it. It was offensive and demeaning and was the one episode in this particular season that made my heart ache for the loss of Grissoms humane, empathetic, compassionate AND INFORMED presence.

Grissoms abscence is agonizing still but there are two cast members whose radiant and exceptional performances are what made Season 11 bearable in some respects. Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass is the anchor, the rock, the hero. He is a solid presence and lends some much needed credibility to CSI. Super Dave (David Berman) is another highlight who brings a special soothing light to a show that seems to be getting darker and darker with every passing season.

To the producers please bring back the science. You made it sexy once and you can surely do it again. And science is nothing without the scientists...the HUMANS behind it. The best episodes are the ones that employ both in equal measure with the special effects used only to enhance the science not upstage it. The scientists were where the original humanity of this show emanated from, please don't forget the humanity.
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on August 8, 2014
I just finished watching season 11 of CSI Las Vegas and it is at the moment my favorite season. I gave it 5 stars because of the
excellent (and very creepy) later episodes; particularly the ones concerning Nat Haskell. I thought Fishburne was at his best in this
one. I loved him in the MATRIX trilogy and he has been good in the earlier episodes, but he just got better and better as the seasons
rolled on. I did not think anyone could replace Grissom, and they didn't, but he came in and took off. His chase down of Haskell
was terrific though I might have tortured the monster before wasting him. Haskell was sort of a combination of Perant (BONES) and
Charlie Manson. Similar characteristics such as attracting weirdo women (of course that was in Las Vegas, a weird town) and
getting them to do his dirty work much like Charlie. Unfortunately Charlie was a real sadistic killer and Haskell a writers imagination
but still extremely creepy.
Then too, there was the case of Dr Jeckel, another weird serial killer running about in a no. of episodes. Gruesome! Anyhow,
salute to Fishburne and to the cast of writers who did so well this season.
I thought the episode about "fracking" was interesting though I was a little uneasy about whether the producers were knocking
fracking or just criticizing the corrupt energy company. I am a big booster of "fracking" and other energy research methods that
can make us independent of foreign energy supplies and yet keep costs to the consumer reasonable.
Anyway, a good season for those who like action, forensic sci research and putting the bad guys away. I certain recommend
it and like all my DVDs, I got this set from Amazon. I still have 12 & 13 to watch. And as always the entire cast is good; I am
even getting to like Willows, though she seems to be having trouble with her boyfriend; I actually saw her smile once. And I
certainly like her better than that creep Dr Sweets or Martha from you-know-where. Enjoy!!
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on March 17, 2013
This season picks up from season 10's cliff hanger. I would say the last 3 seasons would be referred as the Nate Haskell/Dick & Jane saga. The only downside to this season is it continues into the 12th season, but it closes the DIck and Jane killer story.

Some featured episodes that stood out to me were:
-'Sqweegel' was about a forensic-proof serial killer. This could have easily been into a CSI movie due to how original and detailel it was in the series.

-'House of Hoarders' only because I know the rise in interest with viewers with shows like Hoarders: Buried Alive or Animal Hoarders.

-'The Two Mrs. Grissoms' was a different way of solving crimes when Sara going to a scholarship foundation for the deaf when a car bomb goes off.

-'Unleashed" which involves a woman getting mauled by a mountain lion and another case with a pregnant 17 year old who is harassed by cyberbullying.

-The last three episodes are back-to-back in a cat and mouse game between Dr. Ray Langston and Nate Haskell.

Some recurring or guest appearances in this season is Justin Bieber (2 appearances), Dita Von Teese (1 episode), Gil Grissom makes 1 appearance as well as Lady Heather.

Overall this is a very structured season and it is sad that it comes to a conclusion.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
The 11th season of CSI is very good. During the 22 episodes we have fun, action and good investigations. In the episode 13 ("The Two Mrs. Grissom"), William Petersen is back but uncredited, in episodes 14, the Ex-Wife of Langston appears and she's back in episodes 20, 21 & 22 with the "Dick & Jane" killer... So, If you're addicted to this show this season is for You !!!
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on February 23, 2014
I enjoy immensely all of the CSI series - wish Miami CSI was still here, but note these crimes are solved scientifically and you see some blood, guts, and body parts - but if you like the way they get to the bottom of the 'who done it' - getting the DNA for example - it is educational. The interation of the characters is what fascinates many of us and keeps us coming back. Please note: by educational, I mean, for someone who has no crime solving knowledge and has never studied this. If you were considering a crime - you might realize that your chances of getting caught are very good.
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on August 17, 2013
The packaging was a little dinged when it arrived and some of the DVD's had fallen out of their holding. But the disks themselves seemed to be fine. That said, if you've followed CSI throughout the years and are now considering getting your hands on the this season......I'm sorry to say that it's starting to go down hill. But if you're a fan like I am, saying this probably won't get you to stop buying them, so long as your favorite characters are still in the game. For me, it's Nick and Greg. So long as those two remain, so too shall I.
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The above is MY opinion, but I really like this one best. I can't tell you all the reasons in this small space, but I can tell you that some of Laurence Fishburne's FINEST performances are here. So are those of the long-standing characters: Nick (my favorite); Sara (Grissom!); Catherine; Capt. Brass (another fave...he can be a wonderful, understated comedian!); Doc; Hodges; and so on. They are all PERFECT in their roles. This 11th Season is rather dark and dramatic but it's great.
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