The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
Holly Gribbs has just joined the night shift. A murder appears to be a suicide with very little evidence. A drunk is shot to death in his own home. After a man picks up his girlfriend, she drugs him. Written by
In the nearly ten years of the series, the opening credits' (pilot epsiode) scene of Grissom's experiment dummy-being bludgeoned in the back of the head-has always been shown. See more »
When Catherine is talking to the little girl in the hospital, the window behind her has sunlight coming through it. The episode is supposed to take place at night, as subsequent scenes (showing that it is still night time) indicate. See more »
It's an exceptional, vibrant opener. Already with the high level of acting & scriptwriting that has set this show apart. In fact, to get someone interested in this show, I think you could do a lot worse than to say "start with the pilot"
A newcomer, Holly Gribbs, joins LV CSI team, breathes some life into them as she meets each personality. She has an eventful day ... of the wrong sort. Warrick is meanwhile busy trying to go off the rails, and he and Nick make a bet on which one can solve the next case quickest...
From an addicts point of view:
We get to see a different Grissom to the one we know in later seasons. Perhaps the makers of the show weren't sure which way to take him at this stage. He certainly gets pretty pompous fairly soon into this season: the smiles disappear and he starts giving Zen koans when people ask him for advice, and small lectures at the end of some episodes. Much is made - particularly by Catherine - of his less than gregarious existence in a later episode. But here he is mischievous, cheeky, and compares notes with a lab worker he went on an unsuccessful date with. They banter and she says as an aside "You're slipping!"
I rather like him this way :)
Nick and Warrick seem to interact much as will they do in the remaining series. Sara isn't here yet. Brass is plenty meaner than he is later, and picks on both Gribbs and Warrick, who decides to answer back and pays for it.
There are also lots of plot lines to be picked up later, Nick meets a lady of the night who is doing "trick-rolls" (if I remember right). While investigating an apparent suicide, Grissom meets a gentle, enigmatic designer of toys who we will meet again..
How much is there in all these early episodes? Anyway, so glad I foud this :)
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