The Miami-Dade CSI team of Lieutenant Horatio Caine (Caruso), Calleigh Duquesne
(Procter), Eric Delko (Rodriguez), Tim "Speed" Speedle (Cochrane), Chief Medical
Examiner Alexx Woods (Alexander) and Megan Donner (Delaney) investigate…
Megan Donner returns to the CSI unit in time to work on a jet crash in the
Everglades. While searching for survivors, they inexplicably discover a female
victim found five miles from the crash site. When the only survivor says the
woman opened the plane's hatch in order to commit suicide, Horatio is suspicious.
The team must now recreate what happened on that fatal flight, especially
when the pieces don't quite fit together.
Wet Foot/Dry Foot
A shark caught off the coast of Miami contains a human male arm and partial
torso with a single .45-caliber bullet wound. From a tattoo on the forearm,
the CSIs realize that the victim was likely a political refugee from Cuba.
When a matching bullet is found lodged in the hull of an abandoned boat stained
with female blood, the CSIs realize that they are looking for another victim.
Just One Kiss
A dead man with a slit throat and a partially burned face is discovered on
a Miami beach, along with an unconscious young girl who was beaten and thrown
into the ocean. The investigation leads Horatio to a prominent Florida family
and its steely patriarch, who was once involved in a mysterious case that
has plagued Horatio for years.
A serial bomber appears to be targeting Miami's Colombian community as a wealthy
importer of Colombian goods is discovered wearing an explosive collar. Disaster
strikes when the collar explodes killing its intended victim and Horatio Caine's
mentor. Horatio and his team now face a race against time to solve the case
before the bomber strikes again.
Ashes To Ashes
When a priest is found dead in his rectory after being brutally shot, Megan,
Calleigh and Speedle must untangle a messy web of familial issues that lead
to his death. Elsewhere, Horatio and Eric attempt to solve the emotional case
of an exploded vehicle, which was home to a mother with child.
The whole team investigates the crime scene of an indoor amusement park when
a young girl is found dead in the bathroom. They must track down the relentless
man responsible for the heinous crime quicker than usual, as everyone on location
has been detained until they can be cleared. What looks to be like a regular
attempted kidnapping turns out to be much more than any of the detectives
had bargained for.
Horatio, Calleigh and Speedle investigate the death of an exotic dancer found
dead after a sexual party, and must dig through the evidence to discover a
motive. Meanwhile, Eric and Megan investigate the death of a man involved
in diving that mysteriously died after climbing onto a random boat.
Horatio and his team must uncover the evidence in the brutal murder of an
entire family in their own home. The only survivors are a blood-soaked toddler,
and the father who's in surgery. The immediate assumption is that the mother
is responsible but the evidence discloses a different outcome.
During a typical morning rush hour in downtown Miami, an unseen sniper chooses
three victims at random and opens fire, killing each with a single shot to
the head. Horatio and his crew rush to the scene, which is quickly mobbed
by TV news reporters eager to spin the murders into a national story. The
initial investigation doesn't reveal much, as there were no witnesses and
little evidence remains. But the case heats up when the sniper strikes again,
killing two more innocent people.
A Horrible Mind
Horatio, Speedle and Calleigh root through the evidence in the homicide of
a strange, and unorthodox college professor when they find him tied to a tree.
Elsewhere, Delko and Megan investigate a car found in the water with a dead
body in the trunk, and immediately suspect an insurance scam.
They investigate the death of a young model, whose body was found near a juvenile
detention camp for girls. Across town, Delko and Speedle probe the bizarre
death of a man who was apparently burned from the inside.
Horatio and Speedle investigate the slaying of a hooker who is found dead
under a bed in a plush beachside cottage, her naked body having been stabbed
23 times. But the crime scene yields few traces of blood because the killer
bathed the victim in the cottage's tub with cardamom soap. Across town at
an urban gas station, Calleigh and Delko attempt to uncover why a German tourist
was gunned down in an apparent carjacking. They learn that a masked assailant
approached a vacationing couple's rental car, shot and killed the husband,
but left the wife unharmed and then fled the scene.
After the phenomenal success of Las Vegas based CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation, US TV Network CBS wanted more, so the makers of the show brought
us CSI: Miami. But would it be more of the same or could this show have its
own style and voice. The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
While people might argue that having two shows based around
forensic science would be too similar to co-exist, the makers of the programmes
have made a conscience effort to make the shows as different as they can.
Where the original is a night based show, tinged in the neon and razzmatazz
of Vegas, the Miami show is a daytime show filled with sun, beaches and fabulously
good-looking people. What they both have in common is murder and while they
might use similar techniques to solve the crimes, the environment and life
styles make them very different. The main difference between the shows is
that the CSI: Miami team are actually trained police officers. Were the Vegas
team are civilians with the technical expertise to do the job, the Miami-Dade
Crime Lab investigators follow through with their cases and actually make
the arrests. This makes for a more action driven show as Horatio and his team
chase down criminals and don't simply hand the case over to an arresting detective.
As with the original show, the spin-off has a first rate ensemble
cast. After failing to launch a movie career David Caruso returns to television
in an even better role than the role that brought him to prominence in the
first place, Det. John Kelly in NYPD Blue. As Lieutenant Horatio Caine he
totally commands the scene every time he graces it. The character is a no-nonsense
criminalist who is passionately driven by the pursuit of justice. This is
a role that suits Caruso's acting style and as the lead character, he is very
different from the original's Gil Grissom, played by William Peterson. Emily
Procter gets the chance to shine as Calleigh Duquesne, Miami's resident ballistics
expert. After a few bit parts in other shows and a reoccurring role in The
West Wing, this is the actress's big break and she grabs it with both hands
to produce one of the best and most rounded characters in the show. Adam Rodriguez
also grabs his chance as Eric Delko, after having only small parts in series
like Roswell and Brooklyn South.
In the only move that was copied from the original show, Kim
Delaney was brought in to play the Miami equivalent of Marg Helgenberger in
CSI. This was a decision that really didn't work as David Caruso had too much
screen presence for her to compete. This led to Delaney leaving the show after
The major thing that CSI: Miami has in common with the original
show is the high quality of writing. Each show is extremely gripping from
the off and not one episode is mundane or similar to any they have done before.
The scripts are very detailed and meticulously researched, with the programme
makers never afraid of showing you the grizzly aftermath of a violent death
and how that death was executed.
CSI: Miami is another example of first rate, must watch television.
This is one of the best-produced shows on the box and it only gets better
with every episode. With riveting stories and excellent ensemble cast, the
show is just as good as its illustrious predecessor but not two similar that
Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital
5.1 surround soundtrack the transfer is very good. The sharpness of the picture
conveys the brightness of the Miami setting at the yellow tint shines through.
The surround sound is also very good for a TV show, with the vibrant Latin
beat of the Florida city coming through loud and clear.
CSI: Miami Trailer (1.03 mins)
The original CBS trailer used to promote the spin-off series
Golden Parachute Episode Commentary
Episode writer Steven Maeda and director Joe Chappelle provide a more technical
driven commentary track for the first episode of CSI: Miami. The track reveals
behind the scenes stories about the production like what it was like to film
in the Everglades, covering continuation mistakes and how this was originally
going to be the third episode of the season. The writer discusses how much
input he had in creating the back stories of the characters and how both he
and the director worked hard on creating a different look and feel to the
Creating CSI: Miami (11.57 mins)
Series creators Anthony E. Zuiker, Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn, producer
Danny Cannon and writer Elizabeth Devine talk about creating the first CSI
spin-off series. They reveal how Danny Cannon set the tone and look of the
series in the un-official pilot Cross-Jurisdictions, which aired as part of
the second season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, taking you behind the
scenes of that episode. The also outline the differences between the two shows
and the fears and problems they had with spinning off a series that had only
ran for two years.
CSI: Miami Uncovered (12.23 mins)
Series creators Anthony E. Zuiker, Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn, producer
Danny Cannon, director Joe Chappelle, technical advisor John Haynes and stars
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rory Cochrane, Khandi Alexander
and Sofia Milos talk about bringing CSI: Miami to the small screen. With behind
the scenes footage, the cast and crew talk about creating the spin-off series
and the new characters that inhabit the Miami crime lab. Each actor talks
about their character and explain how much research and preparation they had
to do to play the character.
A first class TV series gets a decent treatment on DVD. The
featurettes are informative, if a little short and the commentary track on
the first episode gives a fascinating insight into the making of the show.
The package would have benefited from been the complete season however and
maybe a few more commentaries on the episodes but the show transfer is first
rate. CSI: Miami is one of the best shows on the box and if you haven't seen
it, the DVD is a must buy or rent.
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