CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Premiere

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:16 am,

csi crime scene investigation 01 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Premiere

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, or referred to as CSI, or unofficially CSI: Las Vegas gave us what I expected with their season opener – a tragic, emotional death, and a funeral of a beloved fellow officer and a few roles rekindled for an episode or two.

We saw last season Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) get set up for the murder of the mafia boss Lou Gedda but the team saved him from that predicament.  But Gedda had a mole in the LVPD force and it was Undersheriff Jeff McKeen.

At the end of the 8th season finale, we know Warrick is gunning for the mole and that mole, McKeen, shoots Warrick in his car.

Season 9 PremiereDVR SPOILER ALERTS following the break.

After McKeen shoots Warrick, he calls the shooting in, giving a bogus description of a shooter.

It was with eerie calmness that McKeen returns to the scene after Gil Grissom (William Petersen) finds Warrick in his car, dying.  McKeen arrives afterwards and when Warrick sees him, he tries to say something but all we get is a death gurgle.  Wow.  An emotionally compelling scene.  Afterwards, the amount of blood on Grissom’s shirt was on the level of almost disturbing, gut wrenching to say the least.

This was an excellent opportunity for the cast to spread their emotional wings as their characters grieved for Warrick.  Coincidentally, this was a different way to present a crime for a CSI episode.  We know who, now we watch and hoped the team figures it out.

Through the course of the episode, we find out that Warrick was fighting for custody for a child we didn’t know about, and that he looks to Grissom as a father figure.  A role model.  We see this in a video tape he made for the custody issues he was facing.

Though I was a little worried about it, they discovered McKeen was the culprit and they capture him.  As it should be.

This is not a complaint but what would have made it better for me:

I would have liked to have seen this be a multi-episode story arc, just to keep it going.  Angles like this are superior for creating anxiety and tension in the viewers over a period of time and gives us something to talk about.  The conjecture of everyone trying to figure something out is just plain fun.  Yet no one does that much any more except on season finales to make sure you come back next season.

Cast News:

There were a few non-surprises for me on this episode.

I knew Gary Dourdan was leaving.  Depending who you read, he was either fired or it was a mutual parting.  The fact that they finished him off the way they did, well, you do the math!  Dourdan had a few legal issues over the last few years.  It ranged from a serious assault on a paparazzi to being found asleep in his car outside of Palm Springs and being busted for possession.

Jorja Fox will be back for a few episodes this season.

William Petersen will be stepping out of his role as Gil Grissom mid-season.  Grissom will be replaced by a character played by Laurence Fishburne.  Fishburne’s character is an ex-pathologist who consults on an investigation and ends up joining the “CSI” team.

Fishburne’s role will be more in the direction of Dexter because he has an interesting genetic profile that lends itself to that of a serial killer and he knows this about himself.  It’s his journey of discovery.

Though William Petersen will be leaving the role, he will remain with the show as an executive producer.

With their attempt to bridge the Dexter gap and possibly make the show “more interesting”, are we seeing a shark fin in the water?  I hope not.  I like this original CSI franchise series that spawned the other two shows in Miami and New York.  What do you think?

Sources:  TV Guide, TMZ, MSNBC,  TV Guide,  TV Week,  THRFeed

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  1. I thought it was a moving episode .

  2. I personally can’t stand CSI because they make it seem like crimes are solved by technology and not good old fashion detective work, which in real life it often is (old fashion detective work that is). Also, some of the so-called technology in the show are more like sci-fi than real life tech. And it’s the typical hollywood/tv police station that’s more fancy than functional. Nothing seems realistic to me, the characters don’t seem like real cops, where they work seems way too clean and not “lived in” enough to be believable. Just things like that.

    I’m getting into law enforcement, so all of these unrealistic portrayals of law enforcement in movies and tv shows tend to bug me.

    But I did want to comment on something that you said about them capturing that guy within the episode. You said you thought it would have been better if they would have stretched it out through several episodes, I have the perfect example of where they did do this.

    Dexter is a show I like very much. And yes, I know he works for the police, so the same problems should arise, but I think they kept the station a little more practical looking, although the real Miami Police Department will be a huge mess in real life, at least it isn’t a fancy space with art deco lighting and glass walls everywhere and all that stuff. And the cops aren’t a bunch of these hip “too cool for you” characters like they are in the CSI shows…

    But anyway, in the first season of Dexter… oh

    ******SPOILER AHEAD******

    In the first season of Dexter, there is a serial killer on the loose (other than Dexter) that they call the Ice Truck Killer, and half way through the season we find out who that killer is, but the characters don’t know it. And they kept this going for a while, all the way until the last episode. And I agree with Bruce, this works very well, every episode you see Dexter and other characters real close to this killer and you wonder, oh, is he going to slip up and give it away? Or wonder when he’s going to turn on one of them. It was a pretty good tension builder for the finale.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that, lol.

  3. Good review of a great show. Entertainment as it should be–too bad people make a comment who don’t even like or watch the show. I’ve watched it since the first episode! I too would have liked for this to cover 2 or 3 episodes, but since producers chose to do it all in one night, they did a great job. We got to see everyone in an emotional moment, even David, the coroner’s assistant. While Grissom was a little bloody, the stunned silence afterwards played well. We did get to see Grissom remove his shirt only to find him wearing a relatively dry black tee-shirt (give us a little here!!) Biggest surprise was Warrick’s son and custody efforts. Best looking–Jorja Fox, whatever she’s been doing is good for her–what a change 7 months makes. Hopefully, we will see a continued arc of referring to Warrick (or his son) and continued mourning of some sort for him. My biggest complaint with Jorja Fox leaving was she was rarely mentioned again–let’s hope Warrick’s death means he will at least be mentioned in passing. With Petersen leaving, I am hoping the show can continue with its high quality of interesting entertainment. I do not expect real crime to be solved in 43 minutes (or 24 hours), but this show had created more questions and more interest in what goes on behind the scenes that anything I’ve watched in years!

  4. I was relieved that they didn’t drag on the murder investigation. The murderer was very sloppy, made telling mistakes. If they couldn’t have figured it out in one episode, I would have lost some respect in their TV detective capabilities. Not to mention the fact that I think some of the anguish over Warrick dying would have been much diluted.

    By wrapping it up in the first episode I think that they showed a lot of consideration for Gary Dourdan. By not using his leaving as a continuing plot line, it seemed that he really would be missed and not just a story arc.

    I guess you could take that the opposite way – they wanted to get rid of him quickly – but the acting was so good that it definitely seemed personal. Not your “regular” show.

    It was weird to see Grissom so emotional. One look at his face and the tears in his eyes, it was heartbreaking. I also liked that Warrick died on screen instead of some off screen reference that would have made it seem as if Gary Dourdan left on bad terms. I have a lot of respect for how they handled the episode.

    The only thing that seemed personal is that they killed him off – no chance for guest shots unless he appears as a ghost or in flash backs. You don’t usually kill off a character/acter if they left on good terms.

    All in all, I was depressed for the rest of the night after I watched the episode and for a good reason: it was terrific!

  5. In reality death is eminent. None of us know the day or hour according to the word of God. You best believe for this reason alone I’ve mentioned, it’s pure reality and this is no act.

  6. CSI just acted out an inevitable scene that can and has happened to someone in reality. This is everyday life. Whether you are a actor or not, 911 was a wake up call America.

  7. What the heck? Did this just turn into an End of Days thread? Real life sucks. Can we go back to talking about the superficial, unimportant yet entertainingly distracting stuff? Please? :)

  8. Bruce to the rescue!!

    Ken: I get what you’re saying. The labs and stations have to be glitzed up to be interesting. One police station on TV that depresses me is on The Shield… egads that place needs a scrubbing!

    And yes, CSI does tend to have things happen kind of quickly. DNA tests, trace exams, etc…

    I mean heck, it would kill us to have trace evidence of Warrick’s crime come back with results 6 episodes later!! Ack!!

  9. Sara Pals:

    Thanks. Jorja Fox had been working on a documentary.

    I think we don’t hear mention of them due to the actors leaving and the studio not wanting to give them more credit or screen time than they really want to. Kind of continually talking about an ex in your next relationship.

    With that said, I suspect the Warrick child thing may linger as a background development. I mean after teasing us with that, they better not let it lie as is.

  10. prtfvr, Gary: Agreed. AS good episode. I hope they keep it up!

  11. Ken J:

    What should bother you the most, and to further your point, is that “CSIs” don’t exist. There is no such thing as a Crime Scene Investigator. Oh wait…yes there is…it’s called a detective!! What does exist is the CSU and all they do is collect evidence. They don’t work with it (other than processing it) to solve the case. Most of the technology doesn’t even exist either. If it does, it was read about in a scientific journal, or something promoting its infantile stages of development. I don’t know if I worded that correctly, I mean if the tech does exist, it’s very, very new and isn’t used yet.
    I’ve always loved CSI. I can’t stand Miami (can’t stand Horatio is more like it!) and haven’t really got into NY, but I always liked Grissom and his crew. It’s sad to see Warrick go and he will be missed.

  12. LOL existentialchris, I agree with you on Horatio. I don’t really have a specific problem with the others, I just can’t watch them because they don’t really represent the law enforcement community, but with Miami, I actually really really really hate Horatio. That guy is the most annoying person to EVER be on the television screen. If they replaced him with Richard Simmons it wouldn’t be any worse in my opinion…

    I swear, if I hear another witty remark from him while he’s putting on his sunglasses, I’m going to find out where he lives and shove those sunglasses up his you know where…

    And I can’t stand how he can’t hold a firearm without holding it up against his face almost with his head all tilted to the side… seriously… does he think he looks “pro” doing that? He looks like a complete amateur…

  13. LOL!! And he is NEVER filmed without either 1 or both of his hands on his hips in a “look the F out I’m Horatio and I’m HERE!” stance!
    Back to Vegas, you’re right. It doesn’t portray Law Enforcement, I’ll call it “correctly.” But it’s not supposed to. Personally, I’m very willing to suspend my disbelief when well acted and developed characters are carrying the story. Even though my brain is screaming at me, “THERE IS NO WAY THEY ENHANCED A PICTURE THAT PERFECTLY!!”
    If you want the real deal, check out Forensic Files. I want to say they show it on A&E, but that doesn’t sound right. I know on what used to be CourtTV and the Discovery Channel you can find it every once in a while. Actually, A&E does sound right….

  14. I do watch Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, American Justice, and all of those, lol. They have different shows on the different channels. Discovery, A&E, History Channel, and TruTV (Court TV) all have their version of that type of show, and they are all pretty interesting. Sometimes they break a case open by the weirdest things… lol

  15. Right on Ken! I was 99.9% sure you’ve seen (and continue to watch) the real stuff, and it sounds like you watch it more than I do!
    And yes, yes there certainly is Ms. LaRue….yeah…Eva LaRuuuuuuuuue….wait…what were we talking about?

  16. On the other hand, there’s Eva LaRue!!

  17. Well…sounds like that’s one……*puts on sunglasses*…hot ticket. *cue the Who*

  18. Sorry.. I don’t remember.. once I mention LaRue I kind of lose track too.

    This out to bring you back to reality…
    Her and Caruso were dating… not sure if they still are.. but wowza… that’s a score and a half!