CSI: NY: Season 9, Episode 17

Today Is Life (22 Feb. 2013)

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A riot threatens to break out at a Manhattan precinct after an officer shoots and kills an allegedly unarmed black man during a chase.

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What a wonderful hurt
25 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this season finale and my heart literally hurts. It hurts from something so well done, something so beautiful that I couldn't help but emotionally empathize.

Synopsis: (Taken from TV.com) A group of protesters breaks into the NYPD precinct after the police are suspected of killing an unarmed man. Mac and Flack find themselves caught up in the chaos as the team makes a fast move to try and solve the case.

I can't find a credible cast list so forgive me for not being able to give proper credit to the actors involved that have guest spots.

I found myself making a very arrogant snap decision about the girl playing the fallen victims girlfriend in the beginning. She was addressing the media in the midst of an angry crowd and her delivery just felt ill paced and unfelt. Maybe that's true in that moment but by the credit role I felt ashamed to have ever formed that opinion.

Later in this episode the girlfriend was asked back into the precinct so that Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) could explain to her what really happened and that her boyfriend was the victim of mistaken identity leading to his death. This was such a beautiful moment played so well by the subtleties of pure emotional understanding by both the girlfriend and M. Taylor. My heart broke for both of them. I don't know what was going through their heads but it was real, and it hurt. I feel such a deep admiration for what they were both willing to experience in order to make this moment what it needed to be.

Back tracking slightly Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) explained to the suspected officer why he wasn't guilty of murder but killed an innocent man. This was another scene that could have easily played as melodrama but was beautiful in the subtleties. I felt the officer's guilt, him knowing that he had done the right thing but still was the hand that ended a good and undeserving man's life. Brilliant moment.

There are so many talented people on this show lead by Garry Sinise but I have to commend the brevity of them closing with two relatively unknown actors in such powerful roles. This is the type of spark that fuels emotional inspiration.

And the closing was just very simple love. The kind of love that let's you know everything will be all right, that bad things happen but we will endure and we won't do it alone. And in the final moment we see why Garry Sinise is so brilliant. Not because he's an amazing actor, but because he make us forget that he's an actor at all.

Will Cutting


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