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The “times, they are a-changin’” in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Season 5...
on August 16, 2017
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” once again proved itself at the top of its game among crime procedural dramas when Season 5 premiered on CBS in September 2004. With 25 suspenseful episodes, this police procedural had by now become one of my established favorites, and one of only a very few shows that I would make the time each week to watch. I now own the 7-DVD set containing every outstanding episode of this shows fifth season.
The “times, they are a-changin’” in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Season 5. Gil Grissom’s old nemesis Gordon Ecklie (Mark Vann) has been promoted to the head of the crime lab, a fact that doesn’t sit very well with anyone. Gil Grissom (William Peterson) continues as grave shift supervisor, and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) receives a long-overdue promotion to swing shift supervisor. Ecklie splits up Grissom’s team by reassigning Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) and Nick Stokes (George Eads) to Willows’ shift. That leaves Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), a recently demoted and disgruntled Sophia Curtis (Louise Lombard), and CSI field tech trainee Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) working for Grissom…
Let the fireworks begin.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Season 5 has several outstanding episodes, including “Who Shot Sherlock?” where Greg Sanders must successfully pass his final field evaluation before he can leave the DNA lab and become a CSI-1. In “Ch-Ch-Changes,” the team investigates the brutal murder of a transsexual woman alongside a highway. In the two-part “Grave Danger,” episode, Nick Stokes is abducted and buried alive inside a Plexiglas coffin, and the team races against time to discover his whereabouts and rescue him.
With its consistently high production values, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” continues hitting its stride in Season 5. It also maintained its position as one of the most-watched shows on TV, averaging over 25 million viewers each week. Without question, it’s still the best police procedural drama of its generation… and perhaps of all time. Highly recommended.