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Grave Danger: Part 1 

While investigating a case, Nick is abducted and is buried alive in a special coffin while his team takes unorthodox steps to try to find him.

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Naren Shankar (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... C.S.I. Night Shift Supervisor Dr. Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger ... C.S.I. Swing Shift Supervisor Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Paul Guilfoyle ... Captain Jim Brass
Scott Wilson ... Sam Braun
Tony Curtis ... Tony Curtis
Frank Gorshin ... Frank Gorshin
Andrew Prine ... Rodger Stokes
John Saxon ... Walter Gordon
Lois Chiles ... Jillian Stokes
Michael Bacall ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

CSI technician, 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 hardware to permit them to 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. Gil Grissom then 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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According to the package sent by Nick's abductor, the address of the Las Vegas Crime Lab is 3657 Westfall Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109. See more »

Goofs

When the CSI show the video feed to Nick's parents, the timer is clearly inconsistent. It is most visible at the end of the scene: just before Nick's father leaves the room, the timer is on 04:01:42 going down to 04:01:39. When Cathrin looks at the screen 18 seconds later into the scene the timer is still at 04:01:39 See more »

Quotes

Officer Michaels: Anonymous 911 caller reported body parts in this area. I rolled and found this.
[shows some insides in a bloody puddle]
Nick Stokes: Hm. Tasty.
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

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Lucky Too
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Sung by George Eads
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(review for parts 1 & 2) Tarantino puts on the white gloves...
2 March 2006 | by Quinoa1984See 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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