CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 5, Episode 24

Grave Danger: Volume 1 (19 May 2005)

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The CSI Nick Stokes is kidnapped while investigating a crime scene and buried alive in a glass casket by his kidnapper. The Las Vegas Police Department receives a package with a tape and a ... See full summary »

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The CSI Nick Stokes is kidnapped while investigating a crime scene and buried alive in a glass casket by his kidnapper. The Las Vegas Police Department receives a package with a tape and a hardware to permit watch Nick inside the casket, together with a request of one million dollars cash to release him. The mayor refuses to pay the ransom, but Catherine Willows asks her wealthy father and gets the amount. Then Gil Grissom schedules a meeting with the criminal to deliver the money and be informed where Nick is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The piece of paper with Kelly Gordon's case notes on has the sex as 'M' and D.O.B in 1959, Kelly is quite clearly not a man or 46! If these details referred to her father this would not make him old enough to have a daughter her age. See more »

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David Hodges: You know, far be it from me to wax nostalgic, but, uh, I kind of miss the old Greg: Ugly T-shirts, goofy hair, semi-pornographic magazines...
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(review for parts 1 & 2) Tarantino puts on the white gloves...
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I normally don't watch CSI- not because I particularly dislike the show, but I just don't have it as a main priority on TV (and in general it's tough to get into a show and stick with it these days). But, as with ER, when filmmaker Quentin Tarantino pops up to take the helm for an episode, I'll sit up and take notice. This time it was well worth the wait (missed the original airing, saw it again later). This is indeed one of the more intense- and of course mainstream (in an ironic way)- things Tarantino has done. It's also interesting right off the bat that, despite giving the initial story, is not really credited with writing the script here. So Tarantino is coming in on to a show that's already got its own fan base, and usually style. I wondered if he would be able to subvert himself, or just go with his own thing. The latter seemed to be the case, to great effect.

Basic story- one of the CSI guys, Nick Stokes, is kidnapped by a psychotic (John Saxon) who wants a million dollars in an hour. The CSI guys have to scramble, but then after a wild chance of occurrence (i.e. Saxon's character does a very un-expected thing), the CSI people have to scramble to find Nick before the clock runs out. This story has the elements of what could've been made as a pretty nifty but somewhat standard state of story mechanics told- and one has seen stories like these in films before (The Cell kind of comes to mind, though QT's own Kill Bill 2 with the Bride in the grave is there too). But with a director like this, there's a lot of little unexpected opportunities and twists in the storytelling screws that make it like the best action film you wish to see. And of course with Tarantino there are the morbidly, hysterically funny moments, some more over the top than others (the black and white scene involving two doctors and Nick is the best). But there are even moments where he actually sticks to the more 'TV' material, with (good) TV dialog and solid styling.

In short, though I've never really watched another CSI episode from start to finish, I was extremely satisfied with this two-parter, that leaves on such cliffhangers from commercial spot to spot that it almost becomes unbearable. All the minutes inside that box mark as some of the best minutes on TV all of last year...not to mention a couple of amazing cameo apparances from Saxon (maybe one of his best roles that some of his die-hard fans will rush out to see on DVD) and Kill Bill actor Clark Middleton (in part 1 only).


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