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Well, by now I have watched four years of this show, along with five
years of the first CSI and two years of CSI-New York....and I could say
a lot but will try to condense my thoughts to just a handful of
1 - This is the best-looking of the three CSI series on DVD. All of them look great on disc but the colors in here are the boldest and the most spectacular of any. Each episode is a tremendous visual treat.
2 - I know David Caruso is a controversial topic among CSI fans because of the way he delivers his lines, but I personally find it great. It's so outrageous it's fun. Sometimes I just laugh. Hey, it makes him different from William Petersen (CSI: Vegas) and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY). I may be in the minority but I enjoy Caruso's overly dramatic delivery.
3 - This series has gotten better and better. I had some doubts the first year. It didn't seem half as good as the Las Vegas show, but it has improved significantly and I now rate it higher than the original CSI.
4 - As a guy I appreciate all the beautiful Miami women in this show, and there are tons of them, but I also think the show is geared more toward the 20-something crowd which leaves me out, being considerably older than that. Too many of these "kids" are sleazy, too, but that's what leads to problems and crimes.
5 - All the supporting actors on the show are good, too, as they are in all the CSI shows. I was sorry to see Rory Cochrane ("Tim Speedle") quit and hope we don't lose any more of the "team."
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The original CSI, at the beginning, was fun (before we got love stories
shoved down the throats of the viewers or victims dressed in raccoon
costumes). Preposterous, maybe, but entertaining, and based on an
original idea; a "different" cop show.
CSI Miami, on the other hand, has all the flaws of the original CSI - like a penchant for overly implausible situations - without the strengths - like interesting and likable characters and gripping story lines.
Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez and the other secondary character are uninteresting; the best was by far Rory Cochrane as the moody Speedle, who of course was the first one to go (after Kim Delaney, whose character, thankfully, was quickly written off).
However, the core of the show is David Caruso, who gives an unspeakably terrible turn as the smug Horatio Caine; Horatio chews the scenery shamelessly, acts like a demigod, and is in general so obnoxious, overblown and outrageously excessive that the viewer doesn't know whether to incredulously shake his head or to laugh at the sheer absurdity of this performance.
In a ludicrous amount of scenes we have a majestic shot of Horatio silhouetted against the dawn (or the dusk), self-satisfaction oozing from every molecule of his body, as he puts his sunglasses on (or takes them off) in slow-mo, with a triumphant background music; all he is missing are a cape billowing in the wind and the Duffman's "Oooh Yeah!" theme from the Simpsons. It's so cheesy that, if the show had not been trying so hard to be self-important, it could actually have passed for a form of self-parody.
If you want to give a try to a CSI series, go for the first seasons of the original, Las Vegas.
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That this show is simply a show, something that is meant to entertain
and not to make you think. This is done American way - as simple as
possible, as impossible as possible, as predictable as possible, as
easy to swallow as possible. Do not and I repeat DO NOT confuse it with
the original series. This is crap to anyone with more than 2 brain
cells of use. The scriptwriters must've been recruited from a primary
school - we cannot otherwise explain the lack of originality and the
whole world of errors that emerge in every single episode. Clues that
appears as soon as they're needed, always stupid suspects that A) are
awaiting for the cops to come and arrest them; or/and B) leaving
crucial evidence of a crime in the crime scene so the mighty Horatio
(which is loathsome mockery with the Shakespeare's immortal Hamlet) can
interfere. He is always right, he is carrying his head always climbed
right so he can look more intelligent, he is carrying gun with
intention to use it in every possible moment, the feelings of fear are
unknown to him. There are no such things as corrupt cops and always and
I mean really always the suspect is found and captured at the end with
absolutely the right decision. The suspect always confess at the end,
showing every possible remorse a suspect can give, leaving nothing to
the judges to prove just because of the wonderful Horatio's job done.
The evil is punished and the children may now go to bed. An ideal
world, isn't it? The reality - there are plenty of wrong convicted
persons serving time s in prison for crimes they do not commit. Showing
ideal world does not help the society as whole for wrong hopes can do
more harm than just showing crimes.
I wouldn't be so critical if this hadn't been taken itself so seriously.
Something to avoid. Stick to the original series, at least they do have more accomplished writers.
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I guess this is, as much about exploitation of audience as it is about
pleasing all corners of U.S. territory - So the next CSI would be shot
on Hawaii or in Alaska. An more interesting take on the whole
forensic/pathology/ballistics's, etc. idea would for instance to place
it in the Victorian era in London or revolutionary France, where some
of the greatest luxuries would be a ruler or a microscope; that to me
would seem like a greater challenge.
There are three versions. I have chosen to review the Miami one since this land in the middle of the two others, although all three of them are equally naive and borderline stupid. If the reason is too present escapist, fastfood-like plots all three shows actually work quite well when you're home from work with a cold or suffer a hangover.
This is where all three shows fail on equal basis: 1. Forensic investigators do not run around with guns, turning the city they work in, into a Sam Peckinpah shoot out.
2. If any city would spend so much man power on every case, the city's economy would be ruined pretty quickly.
3. It would ad grit and realism if the CSI-teams failed every once in a while. When 15 minutes remain of every episode you pretty much loose interest if you haven't changed the channel already after the mandatory montage scene with electronica music pounding over the soundtrack while the investigators use q-tips and coloured liquids in different vials. Take Note: Laboratories don't look like post-modern night clubs as they do here.
4. If police employees would treat suspects/witnesses the way they do in all shows they would get no collaboration. If some muppet-officer would treat me the same way these teams treat people I would obstruct justice for the fun of it. They are so unlikeable (all the characters) you actually root for the bad guys to get away with the crime. They're all pretentious, rude, cold, unempathetic and unpleasant; had they been really persons they would never get into any academy unless they tried out for CCCP's KGB or Gestapo.
5. Why must every team leader pull this strained, cheesy one liner before every opening credit. If some prostitute is found sliced and diced in a hotel room the team leader always looks into the camera and says something like: "That was the last time she charged you an arm and a leg." No professional treats dead people with such disrespect, especially not after the victim suffered a violent death.
It's a kids show with over the top, tasteless violence and some really far-fetched stories.
One person ruins this show: David Caruso. All he does is pose. They
should make it into a drinking game. Every time he strikes a pose, take
a shot. Of course, people have died from alcohol poisoning. This would
only add to the statistics. All the other characters have depth. He
just gets this look on his face and 'strikes a pose'. Watch him turn
sideways and look over his shoulder. Wow!! OOOhhh, he figured out
something. Time for him to take off his sunglasses. I challenge any of
you to find an episode where he isn't positioned sideways looking over
his shoulder and where he takes off his sunglasses. Quit posing and
pretend like you know how to act!!!!
And, how come he has to figure everything out? The other shows let the other characters show some brains. How 'bout letting the other CSI Vogue characters have a little spotlight?
CSI: Miami is a fun show to watch, like the original CSI:. But the
chemistry in the original isn't quite there.
Grissom, in CSI:, is interesting, deep, and can easily be believed to be as smart as he is. But Horatio in CSI: Miami seems a bit more flat, and his bright moments seem cheesy and scripted.
Other characters don't seem to grow in CSI: Miami, while there's clear changes in their CSI: counterparts. Also, the side stories are more interesting in CSI: than in CSI: Miami.
So, while I'll watch CSI: Miami, it's not growing on me like how the original did.
How has CSI: Miami not picked up an Emmy for best comedy? It has
everything--hilarious dialog, slapstick hijinx (when Horatio grabs the
perps by their shirt collars), trademark moves (sunglasses), a
comforting formulaic plot, and a ditzy blonde foil in skimpy clothes.
Not since THREE'S COMPANY have we seen such a successful blending of
the basic elements of comedy.
The funniest part of CSI: Miami by far is David Caruso. This guy was born to play the comedic straight man. He has his delivery and mannerisms down so well that I laugh uncontrollably every time he utters a line or removes his sunglasses. In one recent episode he even got a "non-English-speaking" Romanian man to speak perfect English--hilariously, of course--simply by throwing him around a little. Kramer, step aside. Horatio Cane is the funnyman of the new millennium. Mark my words, soon "yadda yadda yadda" will be replaced by "Thiiiiiisss... looks like A... MUURRRder" in the lexicon of the American public.
Of course, every comedian needs a good supporting cast. Fortunately, Emily Procter (Chrissy) and Khandi[!!] Alexander (Janet) are more than up to the challenge of providing laughs week after week. Even their character names--Calleigh and Alexx--are designed to provoke chuckles and highlight the brilliant absurdity of their roles. Khandi Alexander deserves a special mention for keeping a straight face while she talks to the corpses she is dissecting. Now that's comedy. I expect her to drop a junior mint into one of their chest cavities anytime now.
I was saddened at "Speed"'s recent departure as he was such an essential part of the show (following Adam Rodriguez around with a prop box is a REALLY important duty). However, his replacement is nearly as useless, a lot cuter, and has far more potential for high comedy, so I'm not worried. Besides, Speed's final moments generated "master of my domain" levels of hilarity, so it was all worth it.
The only thing about this show that's serious is Adam Rodriguez, who is SERIOUSLY hot. I'd gladly watch a weekly one-hour drama called RODRIGUEZ WRITES HIS SHOPPING LIST. This needs to happen. And why not? I mean, if shows like SEVENTH HEAVEN are still on...
Now, I am a faithful watcher of all the CSIs and I have watched them for many years, and there are some fantastic things about the CSIs that I love and they're the reason that I'm hooked on this brilliant series's. But I cannot stress enough how much I cannot stand this show. I used to love my week, I mean, I got to watch three different episodes of CSI. But I was disappointed in Miami to begin with. The main reason being David Caruso, he cannot act. He is such a joy to make fun of though. But has anyone else noticed that these people only solve ONE crime an episode. The other ones solve only one crime an episode when it's like the miniature killer, or the beginning or end to a long story arc similar. This CSI just bothers me, sometimes they have good story lines, but others are just dreadful. I cannot believe that this actually one an Emmy. All of the other CSIs have a great cast that can carry the show, but this? It just can't compete.
I was a big fan of the original series (Las Vegas). Sadly this show
seems to be nothing more than beautiful actors and cinematography. I
won't lie to you, the actors are hot, and the scenery is awesome. Thats
why i gave it a whopping 2/10. Nothing else grabbed me though.
Weak plot lines and character interactions. This show takes a bold leap from reality. Characters are strutting around the art-deco police station in their designer cloths. The capers they solve have HUGE plot holes and are very formulaic. There's always a quick fix at the end of the show to wrap things up.
Mostly I was disappointed by the content (lack thereof).
It's eye candy.....nothing more.
I'm gonna get creamed with e-mails from fans of the original CSI show,
but I can't help it. In my opinion, CSI: Miami is superior to the
original and a good foundation for (the also superior) CSI:NY.
Don't get me wrong, the original is the original, but the fact that the real Miami/Dade CSI's are cops first allows this show to explode in gunfire at any moment...and place our lead, David Caruso, at the center of the action. Now I want to make something clear: Almost 15 years ago I saw some of Caruso's early work and I was trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. What makes THIS guy a sex symbol (on NYPD Blue)? Then, just as fast as he becomes a major star, he exits Blue, makes two movies that bombed (the really good "Kiss Of Death" and the laughable "Jade") and he's suddenly poison. It was after seeing Caruso in Kiss of Death and a previous film, The King of New York" that I realized we were missing one of the last REAL tough guys.
CSI: Miami has brought him back. Caruso spearheads this show with a vengeance. Sure his line readings have their own stilted rhythm, but he did the same thing on NYPD Blue and people loved him then. Caruso with a gun in his hand looks more natural than anything else I have seen on TV (and my favorite show is The Shield).
CSI: Miami is action packed. The stories are seedier. The cinematography is unmatched by any other show. Go watch the DVDs. Tune in Monday nights. I swear, you'll be a convert.
Then go watch Gary Sinise give the performance of his life in CSI:NY. You'll be glad you did.
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