CSI:NY Season 5
It’s been a whilst since I saw an episode of CSI, but when CSI:NY Season Five was released on DVD, I figured it was as good a time as any to dive back into the second spin off of the show that re-defined police dramas back in 2000. Whilst neither of the spin offs really lived up to the magnetism of the original, CSI:NY succeeds a lot more in bringing the action and the passion of the original than CSI:Miami ever did. And that probably comes down to the leading men, where Miami had the never quite right David Caruso, New York has the always capable Gary Sinise.
The setting, New York City also trumps Miami any-day – in the city that never sleeps, there’s always something new and interesting to investigate. And Season Five certainly has fascinating cases galore, from the bizarre and twisting story of a marathon runner ending up dead in a bridal fire-sale, to the edgy and provocative episode that sees a Jewish survivor selling family heirlooms to modern day Nazi wannabes.
The cutting edge science is clean a bright, with that Hollywood sheen that can make autopsies entertainment, the one thing that CSI:NY seems to lack is a soul.
For all the glitz and glamour of New York, the amazing depth and diversity of the cases, it’s the clinical nature of made for television forensic science that leaves you feeling slightly cold.
Yes it’s fascinating, yes it’s action packed, and yes, you’ll keep coming back for another episode, but it never quite fulfills you.
But having said that, in true American TV fashion, and very reminiscent of a later season of ER, the ending is the mother of all cliffhangers and will have you waiting with rampant anticipation for the next season to come out on DVD.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read