follow the evidence"
The Las Vegas CSI team of Gil Grissom (Petersen), Catherine
Willows (Helgenberger), Sara Sidle (Fox), Warrick (Dourdan), Nick (Eads) and
Greg (Szmanda) continue to investigate crimes in the city of Sin.
Random Acts Of
Warrick investigates the drive by murder of a young girl in his old neighbourhood.
The girl's father is a friend and mentor of Warrick's as well. Warrick struggles
to control his emotions to the point where Grissom pulls him off of the case.
Nick tackles the murder of a computer company employee. The only suspects
are the three other employees in the building.
One Hit Wonder
Catherine takes the point in the investigation of an escalating series of
peeping tom incidents. The crew is racing to stop the attacker before his
crimes become more serious assaults. Meanwhile, Sara reopens the dormant case
of her friend, a district attorney. The DA is facing surgery to remove a bullet
she got in an attack that killed her husband three years prior.
Box (extended episode)
Grissom investigates the murder of two men that leads him to a new encounter
with Lady Heather. Catherine is desperate to find out what lead to the near
death of her daughter and why her ex, Eddie, disappeared.
A man driving with a wooden stake in his head dies in front of a casino. Grissom
and Nick work to discover the 'vampire" killer. Warrick and Catherine hunt
for the killer of a NBA star's 5 year old son.
Crash & Burn
An elderly woman crashes her car into a crowded restaurant. One of the patrons
is Sara's paramedic boyfriend. Grissom and Nick investigate the possible carbon
monoxide murder of a woman in her home.
Catherine, Nick, and Sara investigate a seemingly months old body found in
the mountains. Discovery of the man's identity lead the team to the world
of robot wars. Warrick and Grissom look into the case of a man found murdered
in an alley. Complicating their efforts, the medical examiner "lost" the body
for 11 days. Greg helps this case by doing some undercover work.
Night At The Movies
Grissom and Catherine investigate a moviegoer who was stabbed to death; the
team comes to a forensic impasse while processing a teenager who died from
a gunshot wound.
Grissom and Catherine investigate the murder of a despised comic who died
onstage, apparently after drinking from a tainted bottle of water. The case
grows more puzzling when a 15-year-old boy dies in a convenience store after
drinking the same brand of water. Brass reopens a woman's accidental-death
case after spotting the deceased's husband in a flashy new car with a trophy
date on his arm.
The trampling death of a trainer by her horse aboard a private jet is investigated
by Grissom, Catherine, and Nick. Sara and Warrick look into a Romeo and Juliet
scenario in the desert.
Play With Fire
Grissom, Sara, and Nick investigate the murder of a woman in the press box
of a high school stadium. They arrive less than an hour after the woman's
death. Catherine and Warrick try to determine the cause of an explosion in
the DNA lab of CSI that seriously injures a lab tech. The personal lives of
our characters come into play in this episode.
Inside The Box
A professional bank robbery leads to the death of a detective. While investigating
the case, Grissom deals with his hearing loss and another CSI gets a personal
The third season concludes and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
continues to set extremely high stands from televisual drama.
What CSI has above a lot of other crime shows is its accessibility.
You can pretty much watch any episode and you are instantly enthralled, even
though you don't have any character backstory. Each episode is about the crime
and the evidence, nothing more, with a little bit of character development
thrown in for the series devotee.
As the series progresses smaller characters get a chance to
shine and none more so than Greg, played brilliantly by Eric Szmanda. He actually
get to leave the DNA lab for the first time as he pushes Grissom to be more
involved in the investigations and Szmanda reveals in the fact that his character
has the chance to grow. Jorja Fox's Sara also has the chance to advance during
the third season as Grissom pushes her talents to the limit, all the while
trusting the instinct he has that she has a lot of potential. Fox jumps at
the chance to push her character forward and comes into her own when she gets
the wrong end of the stick when Sara misinterprets Grissom's attentions.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is how all television shows should
be made. Its high production values are equally matched by riveting scripts
and the fact that it treats the viewer with a high level of intelligence makes
this a classic show. As the viewing public seems to be becoming more obsessed
with the Reality TV phenomenon, it is a relief to know that shows like CSI
are flying the flag for quality dramatic television.
Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital
2.0 Stereo soundtrack the transfer is very good. The picture and sound quality
are first rate with the sound emphasising the dialogue of the character extremely
Random Acts of Violence
- Commentary by director Danny Cannon and writer Naren Shankar. The pair chat
about this been a classic CSI A & B case episode, where the two stories don't
interweave. British director Cannon comments that he loves watching the show
without commercials and reveals the Soderbergh influence on how he shot the
Lady Heather's Box
- Commentary by series creator Anthony E. Zuiker, director Richard J. Lewis
and writers Naren Shankar and Josh Berman. An interesting commentary that
reveals that all of the series writers worked on this feature length episode
of the show. The four discuss how the script was divided up between the writers
and how both the A & B stories were extremely important for the character
development of Grissom and Catherine.
The Writer's Room (11.42 mins)
Series creator Anthony E. Zuiker, show-runner Carol Mendelson and writers
Naren Shankar, Eli Talbert, Josh Berman and Sarah Goldfinger take you behind
the scenes of the writing of the feature-length episode Lady Heather's Box.
This featurette reveals how the science of the investigation has to be correct
and fitted to the story and that the evidence is the key character for all
Crime Scene Field Kit (6.14 mins)
Series technical advisor Richard Catalini takes you through each instrument
in the CSI field kit. The ALS (Alternative Light Source), Forceps, Gel Lifters,
Gloves, Ground Penetrating Radar, Phenolphthalein, Scalpel and Swab are all
The CSI Shot: Making it Real (11.46 mins)
Series creator Anthony E. Zuiker, executive producer Danny Cannon and special
effects creators Dave Pzewiecki, Brad Tanenbaum, Larry Detwiller, John Goodwin
and Robert Konuch take a look at CSI trademark shot that takes you inside
the evidence. The team take you behind the scenes of the Eardrum Effect, the
Airplane Engine, the Leg extensions, the Dice Shot and the Punch, revealing
how each shot was achieved.
The conclusion of the third series proves that the show is just
going from strength to strength. The featurettes are interesting and the commentary
tracks add to the value of the package. While it would have been better if
it were a complete season box set, this is a well-packaged half-season set
for a brilliant TV series. This is a must buy for all CSI fans and one hell
of a rent for people who are getting into this terrific series.
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