CSI: NY, the third incarnation of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise and the spin-off of CSI: Miami, is a crime drama about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to follow the evidence and solve crimes in The Big Apple.
"CSI:NY" is a phenomenally solid piece of entertainment. In all of the years that it has been on television I can think of only one episode which I considered second-rate. Everything else has been superb. Even a major cast change didn't harm the show, but somehow added to it. And Gary Sinise is probably the best actor working on television today. The supporting cast are all going to be greatly missed and I can only hope that they all are quickly signed to other solid shows, despite the paucity of those. So now I've lost "Pushing Daisies", the best filmed show ever - the colours were breathtaking! And "Life" lasted only two seasons, though it made Americans at least familiar with a top-notch British actor. "Homeland" tends to waste him too much of the time. But he is still brilliant in it. And then there is "Smash" which made it to a second season by a skinny cat's whisker. It is dubious that it will last a full third season, not because of any major flaw in itself, but because it demands a brain to watch and put the pieces in play. Sadly, audiences seem to prefer mindless fodder of chubby gas-passing children whose very presence in a beauty pageant is a rather sick joke to play on her family, though they don't deserve any better. Or there are the 'celebrity' shows that if one watches it is to see what excesses and stupidities the rich and publicity-greedy families can humiliate themselves with in order to be watched by even more lost souls. Perhaps this season we'll have a one hour marriage followed by an annulment, and then, surprise, she'll have twins of which only one is human... Being famous for being famous is such a bore. What ever happened to talent? So gather the diamonds while you may. "CSI:NY" is a show that you will be very glad that you invested in. You can start here, but I would suggest that you go back to Season One if you have not already discovered the pleasures of a solidly written show, cast perfectly, and acted with a perfect mix of drama and humour.Read more ›