The body of a missing woman leads Mac to a serial killer who imprisons his
victims, and the team must piece together the evidence with the help of one
who survived but can only communicate by blinking.
Creatures of the Night
When a woman is raped in Central Park, Stella's mission to find the attacker
is hindered, as the victim has no memory of the assault. Despite the abundant
evidence at the crime scene, the detectives can't connect a suspect to the
rape, frustrating Stella, who commits herself to nailing the attacker.
When a tourist discovers a skeleton on a Times Square double-decker tour bus,
the CSIs must investigate whether the remains were left there as a practical
joke or if the person was murdered. After closely examining the remains, Dr.
Hawkes discovers that the victim was likely a Caucasian male teenager who
died from a blow to the head more than ten years ago.
Mac and Aiden investigate the murder of an up-and-coming hip-hop artist who
was stabbed to death shortly after being crowned the winner of a DJ contest
and days after signing on with a new label.
A Man, a Mile
Mac and Danny investigate the death of a construction worker who died 700
feet below Manhattan during an underground explosion. While investigating
the man's death, the CSIs meet the "Sandhogs," a union of construction workers
who build the city's underground tunnels. When Mac and Danny find an empty
inhaler at the excavation site and the autopsy results reveal that the victim
died from asthmatic asphyxiation before the explosion, the team realizes that
he was intentionally left underground.
In a test of faith, Mac assigns Danny and Aiden to one of the team's toughest
cases yet: a multiple homicide in which employees of a Brooklyn restaurant
are found shot to death with plastic bags over their heads. As they examine
the clues, all signs point to an inside job but not to a suspect.
A Chinatown robbery by three men goes south when one security guard is killed
and the other mistakenly fires shots at a gas tank, burning two of the robbers
alive. While investigating the heist, Stella uncovers a kidnapping plot involving
the bank's manager. Making matters worse, the kidnappers' ransom drop spot
is blocked by an unannounced police terrorist response drill, forcing the
team to uncover new clues to find the missing child.
Three Generations are enough
Panic ensues on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange when a briefcase
is left behind with no owner. The briefcase's contents are traced back to
a stock broker who mysteriously disappeared after investigating another broker's
When a mounted New York City police officer is shot off of his horse, Mac
and Stella must comb the city for suspects. The only shard of evidence is
the bullet lodged in the officer's horse. Mac must make the painful decision
to either save the animal or analyze the evidence.
When a parasomniac sleep walks out of her apartment complex and is later found
covered in blood next to a woman's body, the CSIs must investigate if they
have a closed case or if there's more to it than meets the eye. Even though
their suspect is covered in the victim's blood and has a wooden stake thought
to be the murder weapon at her side, Mac thinks there is more to the case
than what they see.
The team tackles a series of complicated investigations when murdered victims
are found in three New York City boroughs. Mac and Stella investigate the
murder of a young man found dead in a Brooklyn subway tunnel. Although the
victim was electrocuted, the train's third rail is not the likely culprit.
Danny examines the death of an art gallery owner whose final sale was a painting
with mob ties that may have been forged.
Competitive dog owners become the prime suspects in a murder investigation
when Mac examines the death of a dog trainer. Meanwhile, Stella and Danny
track the killer of a bike messenger who collapsed on the streets of Manhattan
after being stabbed during rush hour traffic. The team hits a roadblock when
they must find the crime scene within a 4.8-mile delivery route.
After becoming the highest rated show on US television, 'CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation' spun off into 'CSI: Miami' and with the formula
working again the show spun off for a second time, this time towards the Big
'CSI: New York' is the third crime scene investigation show
to hit the airwaves but can it become its own entity or is the genre becoming
too saturated? This is the question that most fans asked about the show when
it was announced that the CSI team was heading for New York. While the other
two shows came from cities seldom used on TV before, Las Vegas and Miami,
New York is the setting for many a police show on television so it really
had to standout.
Keeping the same formula which has worked so successfully in
the previous two connotations, the main emphasis of all of the CSI shows is
the cast and this one is a good as ever. What each of the shows have in common
is a strong leading character and 'CSI: New York' has that with Det. Mac Taylor.
Played by acclaimed cinematic actor Gary Sinise, Mac is a more of a complex
character than any of the other lead investigators in the CSI universe. With
a past that is riddled with grief, Mac throws himself into the work, sacrificing
his personal life completely. Sinise is another movie actor that has made
the move to television and this is becoming a more familiar trend, due to
increasing production values and far better and more creative scripts than
what Hollywood is producing at the present time. Mac is a character that he
can really get his teeth into and with the amount of time each year spent
with the character; he will get the chance to develop him greatly.
Joining Sinise is another excellent ensemble cast that you have
come to expect from the CSI franchise. Melina Kanakaredes as Det. Stella Bonasera,
Carmine Giovinazzo as hot headed Det. Danny Messer, Vanessa Ferlito as Det.
Aiden Burn, Eddie Cahill as Homicide Det. Don Flack and Hill Harper as Chief
Medical Examiner Dr. Sheldon Hawkes all come together to form an investigative
team that have there own problems, as well as expertises to the work. This
is an excellent ensemble cast that work well together and are in the process
of creating some interesting characters.
'CSI: New York' is just as good as the previous two programmes
in the franchise. With suitably different characters to make it stand out
and an interesting assortment of crimes that come from the big city, this
is a good start to a promising new CSI. While the programme still suffers
from the major CSI problem that the show is all about the cast, we do get
some more insights into the characters which allow us to become more invested
in the show. The CSI franchise continues to grow.
PICTURE AND SOUND
Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
soundtrack the transfer is very good.
Listen to commentary tracks for the episodes 'Blink', 'Creatures of the
Night', 'Outside Man', 'Officer Blue' and 'Recycling' with contributions
from creator Anthony E. Zuiker and writers Zachary Reiter and Timothy J.
Lea. These are chatty and informative commentaries that offer an insight
into the making of a modern TV show.
The Science behind the Scenes (5.58 mins)
Technical advisor Bill Haynes, writers Pam Veasey, Eli Talbert and Erica
Shelton, creator Anthony E. Zuiker and stars Gary Sinise and Vanessa Ferlito
explain the technical aspects of the latest CSI show. Talking about 'Night,
Mother', 'Rain' and 'Tanglewood', the group talk about making the shows
as accurate as possible.
Momentum continues to split the CSI season in half instead of releasing
them in full season packages. There is no denying that this is an excellent
show with some good extras but this would be better if we could watch the
full season in full. The package is worth buying if you can't wait but the
full season will be better and greater value.
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