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8/10
Gee, P. S.
17 January 2021
An elderly woman drives her car, full speed, into a restaurant where insurance company people gather. But why? Sara gets involved in the case and gets a big surprise. There are a series of twists here but mostly it is very sad. It also shows the ugly underbelly of insurance companies.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Lucky Strike (2003)
Season 3, Episode 16
8/10
Wearing a Spike
17 January 2021
A man drives like a maniac. When apprehended he has a wooden stake sticking out of his head. This leads us to the story of mining real estate and an effort to explain what happened to this guy. In the second, the son of a basketball player is kidnapped for ransom, but things go sour. We enter the world of this child and are introduced to selfishness and privilege.
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9/10
Cold Case
16 January 2021
Sara has a dear friend who is a powerful attorney. She is confined to a wheelchair from a bullet, lodged in her head. It happened during the killing of her husband. The shooter was never found. Sara gets hold of the bullet after a miraculous operation and reopens the case. But a phenomenal discovery is made. The other case involves a peeping Tom whose activities get more and more severe. There is some really good forensics in this offering and that's when the show is at its best.
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9/10
Sad Case
16 January 2021
A little black girl is collateral damage during a drive-by shooting into a house. The father is a youth leader and, of course, is devastated. Warrick Brown is a close friend and a former kid affected by this guy, and he gets deeply into the case--a bit too close. I've found that when someone allows emotions to take over, damage is done to the case. A second case is the death of a man who is working on some computer equipment in a tight hallway. Like so many cases where there doesn't seem to be any evidence, when rocks are overturned evidence begins to appear.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Got Murder? (2003)
Season 3, Episode 12
8/10
Snakebit
15 January 2021
Two fascinating cases. The first begins when some birders see a raven holding an eyeball. The CSI's end up in a landfill when they use a couple of pretty outrageous clues to narrow down the bird's territory. This leads to the suburban home of a man and his children. The second concerns a car salesman who is revived by the doc after he is presumed dead. We are immersed in the competitive nature of the car sales game. One thing that bothers me. Grissom is always preaching about following the evidence. Both Catherine and Sarah often face off against suspects and they are often wrong. There also seems to be a little confusion as to their roles as police officers. The CSI people I've met are glorified chemists and should not be touching guns. But, then, it is TV.
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8/10
Don't Touch My Knife or My Johnson
15 January 2021
A body is found in a meat grinder which leads back to an upscale restaurant. It is obvious that a murder was committed in the kitchen. The kitchen staff are extremely competitive and arrogant. The second case is that of a bipolar woman who can be incredibly violent. She has affected numerous people with her outbursts. Her parents have come to the end of their rope.
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7/10
A Bit Repetitious
15 January 2021
I chanced upon this documentary on Amazon Prime. Because I have quite a large collection of books and have spent much of my life haunting used bookstores, I was intrigued. It was fun to see the passion for the items themselves. All collectors have a bit of an unhealthy connection to whatever they are collecting. But why is the question that is most important. Here we see people who have connections going back generations or those who are contemporary. I enjoyed it, but I have to say that at times it really dragged. Sometimes people can be too philosophical. Still, many questions that have evaded me were answered reasonably well.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: High and Low (2002)
Season 3, Episode 10
9/10
Hatred and Jealousy
15 January 2021
There are two distinct cases. Two men fight in a parking lot and one of them is shot and left dead. It turns out that one of the principle figures is a dangerous bully whose neighbors are scared of him. The other case involves a man falling from the sky even though there are no flights of any kind in the area. We get a look at competitive paragliding and an examination of competing egos.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Blood Lust (2002)
Season 3, Episode 9
8/10
Mob Violence
15 January 2021
A foreign taxi driver inadvertently runs over a young man. As he tries to call it in, a group of men assault and kill him. They claim he was trying to drive away. But there is more to it. The kid he ran over had been stabbed and probably passed out on the street and then was hit. This leads to a lot of connected characters and an interesting conclusion.
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The Expanse: Oyedeng (2021)
Season 5, Episode 7
7/10
Good but........
15 January 2021
I have no problem with the science. I have no problem other plot elements and the megalomania of the crazy "emperor." I don't even have trouble with the tussle between Naomi and her son. But did it have to eat up thirty percent of the episode? We've already seen these heart-to-hearts in other episodes leading up to this. I think the point was made. Still, I look forward to the two final offerings.
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The Expanse: Tribes (2021)
Season 5, Episode 6
9/10
Alliances, Maybe?!
14 January 2021
To each his own, but I don't need non-stop action to enjoy science fiction. I rather enjoyed the slow pace of this because I know that forces are going to intersect soon. The mother/son thing is working itself into some sort of resolution. Marco is watching every move. The speech about being part of his ultimate ends is so much like a kind of cowardice. And it's dangerous. Down on Earth it is much more interesting because it's more conventionally a survival story. These two characters are really interesting.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Snuff (2002)
Season 3, Episode 8
8/10
Gruesome!
14 January 2021
Apparently there is a market for snuff porn. We learn that most of it is staged and not authentic (than heavens), but the CSI's are called into a case by a person who develops film, often for the porn industry. The things is that there is no body available or a suspect. So they need to go by the photographic evidence, finding a time and place and enough of the back of the perpetrator to get some clues. The other case is the discovery of a man, buried in a box in the desert. The gross thing is that fire ants have literally stripped the body of any thing but bones. Grissom calls in the woman who does reconstruction and it leads to some sad circumstances.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Fight Night (2002)
Season 3, Episode 7
8/10
Punch Drunk
14 January 2021
Lots of boxing in Vegas. An underdog dominates a fight and kills his opponent. But there are some concerns about how. The gang has to wade through a lot of inside boxing. In another part, a gang banger is killed. Guns are left all over the place to throw people off. We also meet "The Man."
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8/10
Capital Murder
14 January 2021
A guy named Mathers was convicted of murder long ago and is just now being executed. There is a stay at the last minute. It turns out that Catherine found significant evidence, working her first year. Will technology and new methods exonerate him? In another case, a young woman has been killed on a remote path on a college campus. The perpetrator uses wet paint to draw the girl in. Gil throws his whole self into trying to solve this one. One aspect of this show is that it's never easy and sometimes it doesn't work.
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8/10
Hocus Pocus
14 January 2021
There are two characters of interest in this episode. The first is a magician who, after doing a trick, can't find the volunteer whom he made disappear. The second is the lead singer of a rock group who appears to have killed himself. Each of them is a shady character in a position of power. The focus is on those connected to these people rather than the character himself. There are some cool twists.
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8/10
There's a Message
13 January 2021
This series set about educating us at times about our foibles, our prejudices, our cruelty. This episode takes place primarily at a convention for little people. During the festivities, a handsome young man is found hanging. The CSI's come in, and Nick, primarily, shows his insensitivity, basing it on his stature and size. Grissom, who is incredibly aware of the way people judge, is able to connect much better, even though it doesn't always work. There is a second story where Catherine is nearly killed by a perpetrator who is hiding while she processes the murder scene.
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8/10
What Did You Have for Lunch
13 January 2021
There are some things that are just to bizarre to believe. Sara's case at a local high school is one of those. A cheerleader has been eviscerated and left on a football field, dead. It appears at first an animal attacked her. The second is about a house and its inhabitants and a lot going on around a pool.
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9/10
CSI versus the Law
13 January 2021
When a handsome young actor is accused of murdering two "women," the expensive lawyers swoop in and begin to discredit all the evidence. Granted, some stupid mistakes were made but the defense knows how to stack the deck. As a matter of fact, it gets pretty personal. This is fun because it is an "us" against "them" episode and we love the CSI's. Well done and suspenseful.
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8/10
Good Season Opener
13 January 2021
There are two cases. A professional gambler of high repute suddenly convulses at the card table and dies. There are numerous suspects and the gang deals with each of them. The second is about big time drag racing in the desert where a guy is shot in the head and his car is demolished. Both of these require some pretty cool analysis and that's the strength of the episode.
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9/10
A Very Odd Case
12 January 2021
Take anorexia and bulimia and throw in a modeling career, and you have what happened here. A high profile model is found in a shopping cart in a nasty part of town, he face filled with incisions, destroying her beauty and killing her. While there are some cheap efforts at humor, the CSI's get back to their roles, trying to figure out how this could happen. We see the incredibly harsh world of fashion modeling, where the women are "meat." We also are let in on a secret that Grissom is keeping from everyone.
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8/10
We Were Carusoed!
12 January 2021
I remember this from the first time around. I didn't think that CSI Miame had its roots in the second season. This is entertaining enough but while I thought Miami was a pretty good show, it never captivated me like the original. This episode involves a very strange killer with hideous methods. David Caruso is pretty good, but there are too many characters bumping into each other.
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9/10
Weirdbodies!
12 January 2021
The key to this episode is the state of the bodies that are being investigated. One of them is a young woman who is an extreme sportsperson. She has been found on a desert floor, drowned. The other is a man who is found in a park. His body has been submerged in lye and is badly decomposed, even though he has only been dead for a short time. The suspects have interesting alibis. One is an obnoxious young lawyer who draws attention to himself through his arrogance. What transpires is quite intriguing.
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8/10
More Polished
11 January 2021
Popeye and Bluto are heading for Rio to see the clubs and the girls. They go to a nightclub and who should be the singer/dancer--you guessed it, Olive Oyl. Of course, the two of them immediately are stricken and battle over the affections of the skinny object of their lust. It's a very well done cartoon with brilliant color and come neat direction.
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8/10
Cheap Thrills?
11 January 2021
There are the usual two cases. The one referred to in the title involves an elderly lady who lives in a filthy house, filled with cats. She has been stabbed and there appears to be no logic to her death. Her son, a depressed jerk, says there was no money in the house. He had done what he could for her but had no relationship. The conclusion to this comes right out of left field. The latter episode is about the explosion of a brand new BMW. The CSI's begin to smell a rat when they meed the families associated with that car. Once again, hard evidence and logic are brought into play.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Stalker (2002)
Season 2, Episode 19
9/10
Atmospheric
11 January 2021
This is sort of a right turn from the normal CSI offering. The vicious attack on the young woman had more of Criminal Minds to it than CSI. That said, it is slickly done with lots of neat camera angles and elements of terror. The question is how this guy was able to pull off what he did. Even though he had expertise. The one odd thing was the clairvoyant. He is too significant and it would have made him more tenable if his gifts could be explained rationally, the hallmark of the show. Still it was eerie and quite interesting.
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