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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Season 14
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
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I thought when Grissom left and the parade of replacements started that was it, but then it finally after several mistarts came to rest on the shoulders of Ted Danson, the magic was back. Now they could have done without Elizabeth Shue, but it is in most cases back to it's glory days.Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
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After all these years and changes in players, this is still the best. They focus on great plots and sound acting rather than showing cleavage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2014
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Great cheap entertainment. Can't go wrong I watch episode on computer before bed. It works out great for my family
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2014
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I think the original CSI series continues to get better and better each year. Ted Danson is great in this show!
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on July 7, 2014
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I liked it very much as it was innovative and fresh. As the author says there was a lot of thought and time that went into this book.
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on June 6, 2014
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the tv show csi is one of my favorite shows to watch and i'm glad is now on season 14.
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on May 30, 2014
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I have downloaded two episodes from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Season 14.
It is so convenient to have episodes on my Kindle for those times I have to wait at appointments, am in the car on a longer trip, and when my children have all of the televisions in use. Great color, clarity, and content.
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on May 15, 2014
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THIS IS A GREAT SERIES ESPECIALLY SINCE TED DANSON STARTED PLAYING THE LEAD ROLL. I WOULD SUGGEST IT TO ANYONE.
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on May 14, 2014
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I like all the CSI's: Miami, Las Vegas, NYC.
Intense, above average and smart
New actors has brought new interest.
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You'd think after fourteen years, two spin-offs, a host of imitators and numerous cast changes, CSI would be a played out hand by now. Living on past glories. Cruising on auto-pilot until the expense of making it outweighs the revenue it brings. Just a bunch of actors, writers and producers spinning the wheels of the gravy-train and playing on audience's emotional momentum.

You'd be wrong.

The 14th Season of CSI is like a bag of movie-theater popcorn: buttery, oversalted, greasy...and freaking delicious. With only a few members of the original cast left, it retains a great deal of the charisma it originally had when it rightfully swept to the top of the ratings heap in its first season. It opens with a resolution to the cliffhanger which ended Season 13 ("The Devil and D.B. Russel"), and after clearing that up, begins the usual yearlong sojourn into the investigation of brutal murders, twisted motives and head-scratching disappearances. Some of the best episodes:

"Torch Song" -- the CSI team investigates an arson that left a musical venue burnt to the ground, four people dead, and a huge list of suspects behind.

"Last Supper" -- A cynical-amusing take on murder at a reality game show that looks suspiciously like "Top Chef."

"Frame by Frame" - Kathryn Willows returns in flashbacks for the show's 300th episode.

"Check In and Check Out" -- this episode, about mysterious death occurring in a sleazy motel, was strongly reminiscent of the Grissom years.

"Keep Calm and Carry On" -- CSI is very good and grabbing viewer interest early and then twisting the plots until they look like rigatoni; this episode, whose plot is way too complex to explain, is a prime example of this.

"Boston Brakes" -- The team investigates murders that may -- or may not -- be linked to a shadowy wing of the U.S. government.

"De Los Muertos" - Nick travels to Mexico to investigate the mysterious death of a young Mexican-American girl. An outstandingly tense, gritty, and black-comic look at a nation on the verge of total governmental collapse.

"Long Road Home" - Gene Simmons of KISS guest stars in this bloody but often hilarious story of rock-band debauchery gone horribly wrong.

"The Fallen" - A superbly brutal and twist-ridden story that has a shooter storm LVPD HQ and take Russel hostage.

I mention these specifically but really, there are very few losers in this bunch ("Love For Sale" is a very good story and "Killer Moves" reminded me of some of the earlier "impossible mystery" episodes like the dead frogman in the tree or the time Warrick had to investigate the spontaneous combustion killing). I originally wasn't crazy about Ted Danson being cast on CSI but he grew on me very quickly and now seems as if he's been there for ten years rather than three -- a calm, confident, fatherly presence reminiscent of Grissom without looking like an imitation. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the development of Marc Vann’s character, Conrad Ecklie, in the early part of the season. Marc Vann has long been a quiet asset to the show, and now has a chance to show off some of his acting ability with meatier story lines. And the 300th episode was nicely done – I thought it was very classy of them to show Gary Dourdan’s face, considering the ill-will that surrounded his departure from the show.

Now, the trouble with CSI at this point is not that the story lines are uninteresting (on the contrary, if anything the story lines are now too fantastical), but rather that the formula has become too rigid and therefore too predictable. I used to be wrong about 60% of the time when I tried to figure out the guilty party in the early going; now I’m right about 80% of the time (or better). On top of that, the plots have gotten so preposterous as to strain my suspension of disbelief. Is there anyone in the cast who hasn’t been shot, kidnapped, killed someone, been the target of a serial killer, etc? And since we’re on the subject, how many brilliant, diabolical serial killers with a flashy M.O. can possibly visit one city in 14 years? Remind me never to go to Las Vegas! Finally, I’ve never quite been able to recover from the loss of Grissom and Warrick. The show just isn’t the same without them, and I say that with all respect to both Ted Dansen and Laurence Fishburne, both of whom I enjoy(ed). As for the HD-type image quality, it's horribly unflattering to hairpieces, makeup and age-lines. (Somebody needs to stop the pancake makeup on Elizabeth Harnois STAT.)

Having said that, for a show that’s been chugging along for fourteen years, CSI has done a damn fine, even a spectacular, job of maintaining its best quality, which is its sheer addictability. This is binge television watching at its finest. I can go through five or six of these episodes as casually as I can eat a bowl of the afformentioned popcorn. Angus Young once remarked that the greatest compliment AC/DC could get as a band was that the new album sounded just like the old one, and I think that this season of CSI is just like the last one. Tight storytelling. Outrageous plots. Sci-fi science. Stylized dialogue. Vegas history. Mood lighting. Beautiful women. Twisted motives. And corpses, corpses, corpses.

Here’s to another fourteen years of it.
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