Csi: Crime Scene Investigation: The Twelfth Season [Import]
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a fast-paced drama about a passionate team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes the old-fashioned way - by examining the evidence. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is on the case 24-7, scouring the scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.
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Unfortunately season 12 also marked the final season for long-time star Marg Helgenberger, who played CSI Catherine Willows. Helgenberger left the show midway through season 12 and I think the writers did the character justice and gave Catherine a proper and memorable sendoff. The Producers managed to work their magic once again and brought in veteran actress Elisabeth Shue as Marg's replacement. She played CSI Julie Finlay, a former colleague of Russell's who has a conflicted past with him. I also think Shue gelled right away with the cast and made the transition very smooth.
I'm not going to go into lots of details about the plots in season 12. I will say this, it's a solid, well-crafted season and they utilize Danson and Shue really well. There's a few multi-episode arcs and a very exciting cliffhanger to wrap up the season. If you haven't seen season 12 yet, I highly recommend it.
After 2 and a half seasons, Laurence Fishburne has left the show as Langston. I love Laurence Fishburne, I think he is a great actor. BUT, although he seemed to be a logical choice to replace Grissom, he just wasn't that great. I mean, he was OK, but now I missed Grissom even more. This season, Fishburne is out, and his replacement? Ted Danson. Im not gonna lie, I was REALLY skeptical about this decision. So, is Ted Danson a good new addition to the cast?
Fortunately, the answer is yes! Sure, he is still no Grissom, but, he still gives a great performance as the new character Russell. He has that strange, fun quality, yet, different from Grissom. I love this new character, and he fits in nicely with the cast. A big surprise this season is, unfortunately, the departure of Catherine Willows. It's very emotional, but well written, and her character had a good departure. A few episodes after her departure, we get another new character this season: Elisabeth Shue as Julie Finlay. Overall, her character is OK. Im not saying anything bad about her character, we just don't know much about her yet.
As for the writting, it continues to stay strong. Sure, there are hits and misses, but, there is more good here than bad. Overall, I only have two little problems with this season: I REALLY wish Laurence Fishburne had a special guest appearance in the first episode. Although the first episode is written good and introduces Ted Danson well, you don't see Laurence Fishburne on screen to welcome Ted Danson.
My one other complaint, is that the final episode ends with (obviously) a cliffhanger. The only problem with the cliffhanger is that it just isn't as emotional and intense as it should be. Specifically, we needed AT LEAST one or two more episodes just to get to know Ted Danson and Elisabth Shue's characters, we just don't know enough about them yet. BUT, the season finale is still written very well, and also brings back an old enemy from several years ago (one that I was NOT expecting).
Overall, although the only things THAT special about this season are the new cast members and departure of Catherine Willows, this is still a solid (and a little emotinal) season. I LOVE CSI :)