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128 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2004
One of the the best and most popular dramas on TV, CSI is often intense and chilling. The scenes showing the laboratory work are fascinating. Excellent portrayal of team dynamics with people alternately working together and competing against each other.

Here is an episode guide, with a tiny description:

1. Assume Nothing (Part 1): After two couples meet in a bar, one couple is killed. When it happens again, the CSI team suspects serial killers.

2. All for Our Country (Part 2): The lead suspects are killed and Grissom suspects it may have been a cop.

3. Homebodies: An old woman is found mummified. A teen is raped.

4. Feeling the Heat: A triple digit heat wave brings cases of a baby locked in a car, heat stroke, and a woman floating in a lake.

5. Fur and Loathing: A man is found dead dressed in a raccoon suit. A gunshot victim is found frozen in a deep-freezer.

6. Jackpot: A severed head is shipped to Dr. Robbins. Grissom goes to look for the body.

7. Invisible Evidence: At a preliminary hearing for a rape-murder case, the evidence is thrown out on a technicality.

8. After the Show: Catherine takes over a high profile case because the suspect is infatuated with her.

9. Grissom Versus the Volcano: Political pressure influences a sheriff trying to find who killed an air marshall with a car bomb.

10. Coming of Rage: A teenager is found murdered on a construction site.

11. Eleven Angry Jurors: The lone holdout on a jury is found dead in the jury room.

12. Butterflied: A woman who resembles Sara is found murdered. Grissom takes an interest in the case. Rated TV-14-SV.

13. Suckers: An electrocution is a coverup for a theft from an exhibit of Japanese antiquities.

14. Paper or Plastic: A shootout during a grocery store robbery results in five deaths.

15. Early Rollout: A porn star and her husband are murdered execution style.

16 . Getting Off: A man wearing make-up is murdered. At first he appears to have been a transvestite, then the CSI team discovers that he was a clown.

17. XX: A bus carrying inmates from a women's prison is discovered to have a dead body underneath the bus.

18. Bad to the Bone: A murder in a parking garage and an episode at the police station leads to a series of shocking discoveries in a case involving a dead body and a missing woman and child.

19. Bad Words: A competitor in a word game tournament is found dead with letter tiles in his stomach.

20. Dead Ringer: CSI investigate a runner's death that occurred during a competition. A couple is killed in a hotel room during a cop competition.

21. Turning the Screws: A roller coaster runs off track leaving 6 people dead. (The roller coaster is actually in Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom in Redlands, California.)

22. No More Bets: Two men who scammed Sam Braun's casinos are murdered.

23. Bloodlines: A DNA test sets a man free that a victim has identified as having raped her.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2004
A great show with a great cast. The Las Vegas Crime Lab are the characters on this show, backed up here and there by the LVPD.

The third season ended with Gil Grissom (the main character) going in for ear surgery. He had been losing his hearing for some time, his mother had went deaf, and he would too if he didn't get this operation. On the first episode on this set, Grissom lets his co-worker Catherine know that her cell phone is vibrating. She says, "You can hear that? You're back."

Also on the first episode of this set, the character Nick Stokes tells a guy, who he knew long ago - who recognizes him now, about some specifics on the case they're working on. We find out that guy leaked the info to the press - which creates a problem between Grissom and Nick.

Another problem in the storylines is concerning the character Sara Sidel, who shows early on in this set, that she's mad at Grissom. Late in season three, she asked him out - and he said 'no'.

So aside from all the personal drama between the characters, the murder cases themselves are always interesting.

One of things that people love about this show (and its spin-offs) are 'The CSI Shot': an extreme close-up used in every episode. This close-up shot is used to help us (the viewer) see better what they (the investigators and coroners) are seeing. The camera zooms in on and through gunshot wounds; through blood streams; wounds to the back of the head; anything useful.

On the final episode of this box set, aside from a drunk driving accident involving one of the characters, the boss Gil Grissom promises to the lab tech character Greg that he will be put 'in the field', like the other CSI criminalists. This fact is true: as in season five (the newest season, airing this fall) a new lab tech enters the show, and Greg is given field work. Greg, due to his good sense of humor, has got to be my favorite character on the show.

So check out season four, and the others one too, if you haven't already. Don't let that $75-$80 pricetag on this set scare you, you won't be disappointed.

The first season of CSI: Miami is also on DVD, the second season will be out later this year, with the third season airing on TV. The Miami show I really didn't enjoy too much, I think because of the cast. Also this fall, CSI: New York starts its first season. Gary Sinice is the star of that one, who has studied up on forensic science in the past - for his villian character on the movie "Ransom"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2006
I've seen CSI several times and have always meant to buy the DVDs. I haven't yet purchased this season, but I will.

The one episode in this season that really hooked me was Episode 8: After the Show. All of the previous reviewers failed to mention that this "high profile case" is based on a TRUE story....the death of model Linda Sobek, who was not only a model but a former cheerleader for the LA Raiders. The man who was "infatuated" with her was found guilty of her murder (he even led police to her shallow grave) and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

CSI knows how to grip its audience with edge of the seat story lines. I've got a lot of catching up to do with purchasing these seasons so that I can continue to admire the show and its continuous perfection of how it captures each case/episode.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2004
I Love this series. It seem it keeps getting better ever year it comes out. This season is no different. This season shows how each of the characters deal to each other and cracks between their personal and professional lives, but it doesn't over-take the cases their dealing with at the time. Again I love this series and can't wait till the new season starts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2004
CSI goes into Season 4 with a huge following and a rapidly growing fan base. The show was pretty much unable to be faulted by this season. The episodes involved are top notch, and I sure as hell will be able to watch them over and over again, as I am sure you all will be. This DVD will be a MUST OWN, even if you have never watched the ashow before. Perfection, ladies and gentlemen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's amazing that a prime time network drama, let alone the highest rated program on television today, can still maintain the freshness that made it so popular. The fourth season of C.S.I. found the series rejuvinated along with it's main protagonist, Gil Grissom (William Petersen, sporting his Manhunter-era beard), who has since regained his hearing, and is once again at the top of his game. During the season, Gil has a choice ahead of him on who to promote, whether it be Nick (George Eads) or Sara (the gorgeous Jorja Fox), while the rest of the C.S.I. members personal lives take a back seat for some of the most elaborately portrayed crimes ever seen on network TV, and the twists and turns made as they are solved. C.S.I. really came back into it's own during the fourth season, once again becoming a force to be reckoned with as new characters are introduced, and the season comes to a bit of a shocker of a close. The episode entitled "Fur and Loathing" will go down in C.S.I. history as one the most infamous episodes of the series that you have to see to believe. All in all, C.S.I. still continues to roll along as the best show on network TV, and if you are one of the few who has never watched this addictive show, you do not know what you're missing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
CSI has always been a favorite show of mine. But with the new seasons and the new cases, the show just keeps getting more and more intelligent. Whether you watch it for the character interaction or for the crime scene investigation, you can always find something you like.
Take this season, for example. Not only do you get to investigate the wild world of furries, or see a body in a cooler full of ice, but you also get the added bonus of seeing a couple of the characters returning to normal after a previous season of angst and medical problems. Grissom, for example, seems to have been cured of his previous hearing ailment. Catherine found her biological father, and got a quarter of a million dollars out of it.
And, of course, we get the token Sara angst. She starts drinking. People rooting for a Grissom and Sara relationship rejoice as Grissom holds her hand in the season finale. And, of course, this automatically makes them the perfect couple. I'm not going to get into that, because I'm sure it's obvious I don't agree.
Overall, I love the show. I always have and always will. Season 4 is my favorite DVD set to date, although I am immensely enjoying season 5 so far. In any case, I really do recommend this DVD. It's a must-see.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2005
I didn't believe the first few seasons could be improved upon but the fourth is equally good, with even more wild and interesting plot twists. The creative juices that flow from the writers is something I'd like to see bottled. How do they manage, week after week, to present fine acting, fine plots, fine characters and fine editing and sound? And Petersen and Co. are not exactly hard to look at, either. It's a joy to sit down to watch these episodes.

However, I suggest resisting the temptation to watch several at once for fear of running out and getting withdrawal symptoms. We are down to our last few episodes and will mourn the day we watch the last one -- at least until the 5th season comes out on DVD.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2005
C.S.I. is the best drama to date. I love that the crimes are perfectally scripted out. I love that the lines are so good. I think each and every episode is extremely good. I hope CBS shows more seasons of Crime Scene Investigation. Here are all all the episodes of season four.

Assume Nothing 09/25/03

All For Our Country 10/02/03

Homebodies 10/09/03

Invisible Evidence 11/13/03

Feeling The Heat 10/23/03

Fur And Loathing 10/30/03

Jackpot 11/06/03

After The Show 11/20/03

Grissom Versus The Volcano 12/8/03

Coming Of Rage 12/18/03

Eleven Angry Jurors 01/08/04

Butterflied 01/15/04

Suckers 02/05/04

Paper Or Plastic? 02/12/04

Early Rollout 02/19/04

Getting Off 02/26/04

XX 03/11/04

Bad to the Bone 04/01/04

Bad Words 04/15/04

Dead Ringer 04/29/04

Turn of the Screws 05/06/04

No More Bets 05/13/04

Bloodlines 05/20/04
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2005
First of all: CSI is one of my favourite shows. But there are several "buts"...

Although I gave it 4 stars, I must say that the creators lost somewhat the balance between the human element and gruesome details. And I got the impression they didn't know what to do with characters (relationship-wise).

Personally, I haven't found really memorable stories in there like the one about the plane in the 1st season. On the whole, CSI LV became similar to CSI Miami - colder, techier, with wrong emphasis here and there.

Characters seem to be somehow disjointed, and they no longer have that nice chemistry of former seasons. They are more cartoonish, with no real character development.

On the other hand, I'm still hooked up on the series, I do understand that they cannot be evenly outstanding all the time, that everything has its ups and downs.

It's still a good show.
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