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CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION The Ninth Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  1042 minutes (24 episodes on six discs), featurettes, deleted scenes, two audio commentaries

VIDEO:   1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:   English 5.1, Spanish 2.0

Subtitles:   English close captioning

 

STUDIO:  Paramount/ Jerry Bruckheimer Television/ CBS Productions/ CBS DVD

RELEASE DATE:  9-1-2009

 

DISC 1-  FOR WARRICK/ THE HAPPY PLACE/ ART IMITATES LIFE/ LET IT BLEED

DISC 2-  LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST/ SAY UNCLE/ WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA/ YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN

DISC 3-  19 DOWN/ ONE TO GO/ THE GRAVE SHIFT/ DISARMED & DANGEROUS

DISC 4-  DEEP FRIED & MINTY FRESH/ MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE/ KILL ME IF YOU CAN/ TURN, TURN, TURN

DISC 5-  NO WAY OUT/ MASCARA/ THE DESCENT OF MAN/ A SPACE ODDITY

DISC 6-  IF I HAD A HAMMER/ THE GONE DEAD TRAIN/ HOG HEAVEN/ ALL IN

CSI saw change in the ninth season as Grissom (William Peterson wanting to pursue more theater work) left the job he loved and leave the way open for Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne).  Grissom is first left reeling from the murder of Warrick and then the woman he loves returns (Sara).   The ninth season saw some high points with the two part 19 DOWN/ ONE TO GO and A SPACE ODDITY (which highlights the lab rats again and be a tribute to sci-fi fandom in the same episode).  

 

A SPACE ODDITY focuses around the murder of a guy who was trying to re-imagine a STAR TREK type show into something gritty like what was successfully done to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.   The attraction between two of the lab rats (David Hodges and Wendy Simms) is shown (partly through sci-fi daydreams).  Also CSI welcomed another new character to the fold, Riley Adams- a woman CSI.  Stokes is highlighted in TURN, TURN, TURN which guest stars Taylor Swift playing a girl that Stokes crosses paths with more than once (shown through flashbacks).  Most shows crash and burn by season 9, but CSI somehows keeps pumping it out strong.  Hopefully, the show will exit on a high note becomes tuning out fodder like LAW & ORDER.   On a final note, I don’t think we have seen the last of Grissom.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

This DVD set has a few deleted scenes (none of them amount to much).   Also on the set are two audio commentaries:

TURN, TURN, TURN with George Eads, Taylor Swift, and Tom Mularz

A SPACE ODDITY by Naren Shankar, Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle

 

Rounding out the set are a few featurettes:

CRIME SCENE INITIATION (Disc 1)- focusing on the two new characters, Ray and Riley.

RATS IN SPACE (Disc 5)-  the making of A SPACE ODDITY that also looks at the production design and costume design of the episode

FROM ZERO TO 200 IN NINE SEASONS (Disc 5)- the making of CSI’s 200th episode (MASCARA) which was directed by William Friedkin

GOOD-BYE GRISSOM (Disc 6)- analysis of Grissom’s final episodes as cast and crew reflect on the leaving of William Peterson (and the crafting of the storyline that would be Grissom’s exit).

 

Even though the set says there is a CSI Mode (Comprehensive Scientific Mode) on Disc 3, it doesn’t say that it is an info text track that can be played along with THE GRAVE SHIFT.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  CSI is still going strong after nine seasons.  The show won’t be the same without Grissom.  Maybe one day William Peterson will return to the show.

 

This DVD review is (c)9-2-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com