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C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Second Season
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The second season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation consolidates the show's well-deserved popular appeal, while beginning to explore (gently at first) beneath the slickly professional surface of the investigators themselves. Gradually we learn more about what makes Grissom and his astonishingly gifted forensics team tick, beyond merely that they are workaholics who seem to require no sleep at all. The show's trademark reveals of vital evidence--be it on the autopsy slab or under the microscope--add a fresh spin to what is, at heart, a good old-fashioned whodunit series. William Petersen brings the requisite air of antiquarianism to a character whose meticulous demeanor and love of order consciously inherits the mantle of Sherlock Holmes (whose vast collection of tobacco samples and bottles of chemicals are the ancestors of CSI's high-tech crime lab). This is a series in which scientific evidence-gathering is elevated to the status of a religion. "When a tree falls in the forest, even if no one is around to hear, it does make a sound," affirms Grissom with the calm assurance of a yogi on the path to Enlightenment.
And just when CSI starts to seem a little too pat, just when the trail of clues seems a little too neat, the show always seems able to throw a surprise or two at us: perhaps there has been no crime after all; perhaps the evidence concerns a completely different crime altogether; or perhaps, as in one brave episode concerning brothers implicated in multiple murders, the evidence simply isn't good enough to convict the right man, even when Grissom knows which one really is guilty. As a result, every episode is simply compulsive viewing. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The TV show is about a crime scene investigative unit based in Las Vegas that leads the viewer on weekly tours into their rather macabre world where they use modern scientific techniques to solve crime mysteries.
I love the show because it actually uses modern science to explain how these things are solved. Though the show occasionally takes some artistic licenses in terms of a few of the scientific things they do (nearly instantaneous analyses of DNA data, etc.), for the most part they do stick to scientific methodologies.
The idea for the show is new in the sense that the viewer has never really scene crime scene investigation in this way. However, there are numerous similar shows, including a number of shows on Discovery that do similar things based on true stories.
What makes this show stand out, however, is generally convincing plots (most are based on actual cases), good application of science (with the occasional lapse for drama and plot), and decent acting. When it comes to the acting in the episode, there are two people people that I think weaken the show: Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) and Eric Szmanda (Greg Sanders). I actually like Eric, despite not thinking he's a great actor. But I have never been able to see Jorja as anything but a bad actress. Part of this may be that she is supposed to have rather complicated relationships with most of the other characters, but whatever it is, she bugs me.
As for the rest of the actors, William L. Petersen (Gil Grissom), Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows), Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown), George Eads (Nick Stokes), Robert David Hall (Dr. Al Robbins), Paul Guilfoyle (II) (Capt. Jim Brass), and Archie Kao (Archie Johnson), I like most of them.Read more ›
The DVD series is great with exceptional picture quality and NO COMMERCIALS!! As hard as it is, I am going to wait and watch the 4th season when it comes out on DVD as I can't stand interruptions of such an involving show. Some nice extras on the making of the show and they keep them short enough so that when you watch the series you still have lots of stuff left to the imagination.
So much detail in this show just sets it apart from other shows, and the producers here are putting the audience first and seem to respect their viewers. As far as comparing season 1 and 2, I really think that they are equally great.
I just want to say that i LOVE CSI!!! I have the 1st season and watched it in oh...2 months...but when i got the 2nd season on DVD i watched it in only 5 days!!! 5 DAYS!!! WOW!! but seriously...CSI is the #1 most watched show in the USA, Canada, the UN and Sweeded (i think)
but anyways...the main 8 people are Jorja Fox who plays Sara Sidle, George Eads who plays Nick Stokes, Marg Helgenberger who plays the ex-stripper Catherine Willows, Gary Dourdan who plays ex-gambler Warrick Brown, Billy Petersen who plays Gil Grissom, Eric Szmanda who plays the adorable and goofy lab tech Greg Sanders, Paul Guilfoyle who plays Detective Jim Brass, and Robert David Hall who plays coroner Dr. Al Robbins.
i would recomend anyone who likes crime shows and likes to try to see if they can figure out who killed who before the cops or scientists to start watching CSI. i started watching in the middle of the 2nd season and i'm totally hooked..they are now on season 4 and i LOVE this show!!!!
The DVD is an improvement over the first:
1. 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen (finally)
2. More features than the first DVD
1. Still no subtitles (it says closed caption - still haven't found it) again an incredible irony given the lead character's diminished hearing
2. Annoyingly slow main menu (zoom - it's a room! zoom - it's a computer! Jeez - all I want to do is get to the episode selections)
Still it's a must have for any CSI fan. Somehow the writers always find a way to keep the storylines fresh.
5 stars for the show. 4 stars for the DVD.
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The series continues to evolve and educate in season two, as we get to know more about the characters and their relationships, jobs, and lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The product was delivered on-time. The quality of the product was great compared to the description given.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm going to say what everyone that wrote a review about this TV show has said, CSI IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV!!!!! There is like nothing wrong with the show at all. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Christina N. Romano
The second season does not drop off from the first great season of this wonderful show. Episode 213 "Identity Crisses" is by far the best episode yet. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Leafsfan2028
I love this show! It's intelligent, totally absorbing, shocking, surreal and draws you into the plot from the opening credits. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Pearls Perspective
If you are the type of person who loves suspense, thrills, drama, and are the one who likes to figure out "who done it" this is the show for you. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Michael P. Roy
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