CSI: NY 9 Seasons 2008

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Season 5
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While investigating the death of a young archaeologist who may have unearthed the answer to one of New York City's oldest murder mysteries, the CSIs discover anything can be purchased on the Internet, even someone else's life.

Starring:
Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes
Runtime:
42 minutes
Original air date:
October 29, 2008

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frances Sydney on October 10, 2009
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I've just purchased CSI NY season 5, and I am thrilled. Each season's episodes of the show get better & better. The quality of the scripts and the great actors are what make a dvd set for me. Like most people, I really don't care whether there are Bonus Features or Special features. Sure, they're nice to have, but I don't buy a dvd for that! I love this show more & more each year & I guess most tv viewers agree with me, because this show is in the top 20 in ratings every week!!! Keep them coming!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
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Killers using avatars to lure people to their doom. A runner shows up at a firesale on wedding dresses and ends up dead from a simple push. A Nazi selling family heirlooms from the Holocaust. The fifth season of CSI:NY continued to have fascinating, challenging stories and changes that would effect the characters personally. This remains my favorite of the "CSI" shows (I dislike the overwrought "CSI: Miami" compared to the more down-to-Earth "CSI: NY" but that's me. When David Caruso takes off his sunglasses and throws out those snappy one-liners it reminds me of a bad Shatner moment).

We have a crew of great guest stars including Ed Asner in an uncharacteristic role (at least this late in his career although he might have played this type of role earlier in his career before "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Lou Grant"--which by the way where IS "Lou Grant" on DVD?).

The fifth season looks quite good although there is a noticeable video noise on a number of episodes but, not a surprise, given that there are four episodes on eath DVD. The one issue I have with the fifth season is the lack of commentary tracks. I realize it doesn't matter to everyone but when I watch an episode for a second or third time I like to hear the behind-the-scenes drama/issues that the production crew have.

We get a number of solid extras here which fans will enjoy but I hope that Paramount/CBS will resume including commentary tracks for the next season.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry Fryer on October 17, 2009
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The feel here is totally different from the mother series--CSI. Gary Sinese and ALL the cast are great, and really come together as a unit. Very original stories. Purchased through Amazon. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Lewis on April 30, 2009
This last episode, Yahrzeit, was the most heart gripping of all! I had tears when Mac realized what that email was about!!!! I don't want to spoil it for folks who haven't seen it.......those writers and producers and actors....gave it all they had!!!!
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By Orionboc on November 14, 2011
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I don't have time to watch network television on a schedule and Tivo/DirectTVing can also be bothersome, so I just buy Season Sets of shows that strike my interest. As far as the CSI franchise is concerned, it took until Season 5 was complete before I ever watched a single episode, but I enjoyed it all through the Grissom years---not so much since.

Although I despise David Caruso as an actor (and, if possible, he has gotten worse through the years of CSI, with his ego dripping all over his horrendously delivered lines and awkwardly cocked head), I listened to suggestions and bought the first season of CSI:MIAMI. It was (and is) also very good----though not as good as the original. I have liked all of the other characters on MIAMI and the story lines have been generally appealing, so I have continued to watch.

I did hesitate a long time before jumping into CSI:NY, as I did not think that yet ANOTHER Crime Scene Investigation show could hold my interest.

WAS I WRONG.

CSI:NY, from the beginning, has been by far the best of the CSI Franchise. Across the board, the acting is superior, the characters and their relationships between and among each other is at least as good as CSI:Orig and much better than MIAMI, and the stories are a much better balance of lab-techno and human interest.

I have just completed viewing SEASON 5, and it was the best yet. Let other reviewers give spoilers---I will avoid that---but the familiarity of the characters and their relationships is what really makes this series. If other viewers complain that there is not enough technical/medical/forensics babble on the program, what can I say? People are enthralled with different things.
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The characters of this version of CSI have not only proven themselves over and over, but managed to take the third outing of the CSI franchise and make it not just another CSI series but their own series. They have their own story lines other than the crimes they solve. They have personality, twists, and a rock solid footing. Season 5 is no different. If anything, season 5 takes the story lines to a new level exploring the relationships of the characters much more deeply. ****** Spoiler**** There is an issue of pregnancy between two of the main characters, issues of with Mac Taylor and his relationship with his superiors, an issue with Stella and her roots, and the list goes on. (Fans of Stargate SG1 may see a familiar face in the Stella situations.) These situations further the bonds all of these characters share. Only to strengthen their relationships with one another. ****** Spoiler alert over ****** Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes are the two main characters, but they share the spotlight equally with the whole cast of this magnificent show. All in all, I found this a very enjoyable season. My only complaint was that I could not get my hands on season 6 fast enough to see where the writers took these characters next. My second complaint would be that this show is very very addictive, as my daughter has said over and over "You and your CSI!" Nuff said. If you are a serious video nut like I am, I highly recommend not only this season but all of the seasons of CSI: NY.

Ralph.
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