CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 12, Episode 1

73 Seconds (21 Sep. 2011)

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Under the direction of new boss D.B. Russell, the team tackles cases involving a wild shootout on a Las Vegas tram car, and the death of a deer hunter.



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Ross Gibbs


Under the direction of new boss D.B. Russell, the team tackles cases involving a wild shootout on a Las Vegas tram car, and the death of a deer hunter.

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Trade in Laurence Fishburne for Ted Danson? Seems a rip-off to me...
5 December 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Being a gear-head, this kinda feels like they took my Harley and gave me a Honda Cub instead. The latter may be have been a dependable best seller, but it hardly feels like an even trade.... Ask any biker.

I mean, Ted Danson? Really? A top crime series like CSI couldn't get anyone better suited or more interesting than that?! The crisis must have hit hard here, because I call this inflation, and a steep one at that...

Gil Grissom was interesting and intriguing, so was Fishburne's Ray Langston. He had big footsteps to to fill, but he did it with style. At the time I wondered if CSI could survive without Grissom, but Ray Langston really convinced from the first episode on. He gave the series the necessary depth, darkness and mystery. Ingredients that make me want to watch a series like CSI. In essence it's not about cool gadgets and clever techniques, those are mere tools. It's the mystery, darkness and suspense that really makes a good crime story interesting. Every good story needs charismatic and interesting characters to carry it, and the right actors to bring it all to life in a compelling and believable manner.

Ted Danson is a comedy guy, he may or may not be good at that, that's another discussion altogether, but he is definitely not suited to fill the void left by his two great predecessors.

If this is the road CSI is going I fear it has seen it's longest time. Sure, I'll give it a chance for a few more episodes, for old times sake, but I certainly will not be following for very long if it stays on this shallow and superficial path.

Alas, as I used to look out for new episodes, but this episode is well below par. And I fear it won't get any better soon, as I just can't take the Danson "DB" character seriously. He's all over the place; goofy mushroom collector, bourgeois married man / farmers-market shopper, quasi eccentric investigator, laid back 'dude', then unnecessarily bossy authoritarian, to end on a buddy buddy note... It all feels very shallow and artificial, and not like a real, crystallized personality. It's as if the creators decided the new guy had to appeal to a very broad audience (in a bid for good ratings), but by doing so they failed to give him any real character. Yeah sure, he's really nice to kids, therefore "DB" must have a good heart. That seemed to be the main message that was put across. What's next? Will he be doing any babysitting any time soon? Easy shot perhaps, but really, where's the mystery, the charisma and the darkness that made enigmatic characters like Grissom and Langston so compelling? I'm really disappointed... Is this really the best they could do?

I'm not getting the feeling the viewer has been taken seriously by the creators this time.

It probably won't happen, but I'd really, really wish for a comeback by Ray Langston. Or, if that's impossible for some reason or another, at least for an actor of Fishburne's caliber to fill in his footsteps as his successor. Because I'd really like for CSI to be about crime an mystery again, with ample suspense and good story lines, and not to devolve into a glorified sitcom with bickering characters and no real content or substance...

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