The Veteran’s Day edition of ‘CSI’ brought an old story ala Erin Brockovich to life with the ‘CSI’ tried-and-true formula that mixes what has become a bit too much gore with realistic, friendly banter and a liberal green message.
I still hardly miss a first-run episode of the original ‘CSI’, but I still miss the William Peterson character. He brought something to the show and its cast that remains missing for me. But, I still watch. What may chase me from the show eventually is the level of increasing gore. For example, the 11/11 episode featured a pasty pale dead man floating in a hot spring to start the episode followed by a goat’s head, later severed and full of lesions. The sound effects of the “throat” of the floating dead man pulled from his body was nauseating. Finally, we saw the singe and charcoal-colored flesh of a man who set himself afire. Really, following dinner, the show is getting a bit hard to take.
The story line was hardly fresh either. The polluted ground water at the hand of the big, bad energy company is not new. There was no twist – the culprit was the corporation all along – and the identity of the actual killer or killers did not make us feel any sort of satisfaction at the outcome. The drama also had the tired character – the journalist with the dying wish to bring the horrible corporation to justice as a part of her final act. Nothing and no one would stand in her way. Wow. I was moved. The murders of those who had signed on to help her find the truth were as predictable as the sun rising in the east in the morning. It was a disappointing episode that lacked creativity.
The redeeming quality of the show remains in its core characters. There I have no complaint. But I prefer the episodes that allow us to enjoy the city of Las Vegas and its sites and sounds – the glamour, the casinosI, the high-life. I enjoy living vicariously through the characters enjoying all that draws the crowds to the strip.
The 11/11 episode was a disappointment. While I understand the political value of keeping the viewer’s eye on the environment, I prefer the story lines that keep me guessing. Not the episodes that drive to a predictable conclusion.
‘CSI’ is on every Thursday on CBS at 9pm.