CSI: Season Seven
CSI debuted in 2000 and was an instant hit, so successful that it spawned two offspring, CSI: Miami in 2002 and CSI: New York in 2004. With a radical approach to the tried and tested, if somewhat stale police dramas, CSI breathed new life into my TV viewing and I was hooked. For a few seasons anyway, after the arrival of CSI: Miami, which I toyed with for a season, I drifted away from CSI as a whole, only dipping my feat back in for a couple of episodes of CSI: New York when it first came out. But TV wasn’t my friend anymore; it wanted me to commit to a specific night, for 24 weeks at a time. It was a commitment I was no longer willing to make.
Of course with DVD I could watch any season at my own pace, but for some reason CSI didn’t interest me any more. A few years passed and CSI is still going strong (currently in Season 9 in the Sates) and discover the impending release of Season 7. The DVD cover isn’t exactly mind blowing, but just seeing Grissom on the front cover brings back enough good memories that I decide to dive back into the world of CSI. And boy did I pick the right season to do it.
CSI, whilst taking a different approach t most police dramas of the time, still held true to one basic principle; each episode had one or two crimes that needed solving, and for the most part were solved that episode. It was the way they solved these seemingly unsolvable crimes that got you hooked, by following nothing but the evidence – evidence that was sometimes microscopic – they generally got the killer.
Season 7 follows the same formula, but also throws in a few storylines that weave their way through most of the season, intersecting different crime scenes along the way. Rather than being a collection of different and interesting crime scenes, connected through some vague, non-essential background, the whole season worked together in a compelling story that dared you not to miss a single episode.
The production standards were as high as ever, the stories carried a surprising amount of emotional attachment, and visuals – as gory as they were – were a visual feast.
Whilst the normal action scenes that accompany a lot of Hollywood police dramas are absent from CSI, the pacing of the storyline itself is enough to keep your heart pumping overtime, with cases often being a race against time or some such thing, and the twisting and turning of each individual plot, keep you glued to the edge of your seat for most of the episodes.
The characters are part of the strength of the show, and fortunately the writers manage to stay focussed on the compelling crime solving storyline not to deviate into the realms of some TV shows where relationships tend to take over from the shows original premise. The bonding between the characters feels right for a place of work, and this is one of the gems in the shows crown. Managing to keep a feeling of reality, whilst delivering and unrealistic amount of interesting cases is what keeps people coming back to CSI.
If Seasons 8 and 9 are as well written, acted and played out as Season 7 was, then I’ll be back for more. In fact, with the cliff hanger that concludes Season 7, I have no doubt I’ll be back fro at least Season 8 when it arrives on DVD.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and content that may disturb.
Released on: March 27th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2006
Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eriz Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Louise Lombard, Paul Guilfoyle, Danny Bonaduce, Sean Young, Jim Beaver, Lorraine Toussaint, Indigo, Sean Patrick Flanery, Alan Tudyk, Roger Daltrey, Liev Schreiber
Length (Minutes): 1211
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Studio: Anchor Bay