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Good, but overall not quite as stellar as previous seasons.
on October 12, 2017
Over the past few years, I have been collecting the entire “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” series on DVD, and over the past few months, I’ve been watching each season in the order they were broadcast. Recently, I finished Season 11. While I thought it was very good, I don’t think it was quite as stellar as previous seasons.
Most of Season 11 revolves around the confrontation between CSI-2 Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) and the “Dick-and-Jane” serial killer Nate Haskell. Haskell is a notorious psychopath responsible for at least 18 grisly murders, and possibly more. He escapes from captivity at one point, forcing a major manhunt by the Las Vegas Police and other law enforcement agencies. I won’t give away how (or even whether) the manhunt ends, but suffice it to say the episodes involving the Haskell-Langston confrontation are suspenseful, tense, and very well written and acted.
Other episodes are very good as well, especially “The Two Mrs. Grissoms,” which brings Sara Sidle (Gil Grissom’s spouse) into conflict with Gil Grissom’s mother during the investigation of a murder on a college campus for the hearing impaired. Other outstanding episodes include “418/427,” about the murder of and FBI agent’s wife and the kidnapping of his children; and “Sqweegel,” about a killer who leaves no evidence behind when he murders people with secrets to hide.
I found some episodes in Season 11 that were not quite so enjoyable. They include “Blood Moon,” about a killing at a convention of vampires and werewolves; and “A Kiss Before Frying,” about a series of electrocutions that may be linked to an old Las Vegas murder, while Greg Sanders falls for a mysterious woman who visits the lab. These episodes I felt had contrived plots and lacked interest.
Overall, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Season 11 was good, but not great. It certainly is a worthwhile addition to any DVD collection. Recommended.