DVD
Crime Scene Investigation
Season 6 - Part 2

Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads and Jorja Fox
Momentum Pictures
RRP 34.99
MP659D
Certificate: 15
Available 04 June 2007


C.S.I. is an acclaimed, edgy, fast-paced drama series about a passionate team of forensic investigators who work the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau. Their job - to find the missing pieces at the scene that will help to solve the crime and vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves - the victims. Between the hidden clues and the buried motives lies the trail to the truth because people lie... but the evidence never does...

The second half of Season Six of CSI continues on where the Season 6 - Part 1 DVD box set left off. In this collection the crime lab is the subject of a fly in the wall documentary, Lady Heather makes a return appearance and there is a poignant event in Brass's life - which sees him acting the hero and in a way making some sort of amends for the accident he was involved in in A Bullet Runs Through It.

Highlights in this collection include:

Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye: When a waiter is gunned down at a glitzy Vegas party, the CSIs postulate that the waiter was trying to murder the hostess; Lois O'Neill, an ageing Vegas dancer and socialite. Several suspects are under the microscope and the race is on to track down the murderer before he tries to kill O'Neill again. This episode sees Catherine's father as a possible suspect in the crime. Fay Dunaway stars as O'Neill.

Killer: The CSIs track down an ex-con who lets his lifetime of crime catch up with him when he tries to settle an old score. But when he is reluctantly forced to kill an innocent young girl he manages to destroy the new life he had built. William Sadler (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Roswell) is perfect casting in this episode. He plays the ex-con with such conviction, that it's hard not to feel sorry for him.

Pirates of the Third Reich: When Lady Heather's daughter is found dead, Grissom and the CSI team are led into a twisted world of medical experimentation conducted by a crazed, Nazi-sympathising pseudo-scientist. Another great Lady Heather episode, although to be honest I'm sure they could have made her involvement a little more believable. It's a bit too much of a coincidence that her daughter is murdered in such a bizarre way. It would have been much more realistic if Grissom had called her in as an expert in the field of torture. This episode also briefly stars Tony Amendelo (who Stargate: SG-1 fans will know as Bra'tac).

I Like to Watch: Reality television and the all-to-real world of crime scene investigation combine when a young woman is found drugged and sexually assaulted in the hallway of her high rise apartment building. While the camera crew follows the case to sensationalise the crime, the CSIs try to nail the psychotic criminal who appears to have a passion for pedicures. This episode looks at documentary shows that follow the emergency services etc. There are plenty of funny moments including David Hodges insistence on playing up to the camera and Sara Sidle slapping him down while the tape is rolling. There's a great moment where Grissom gets a little tetchy with the camera crew and says: "There are too many forensic shows on TV."

The Unusual Suspect: When a 17-year-old homecoming queen is found dead, wrapped in a shower curtain and dumped on the football field, the CSIs go back to school to search for suspects. With two confessions for one crime, the CSIs find it extremely difficult to determine who the one-and-only murderer is. This is a great episode and especially so when you consider the age of the two young actors accused of the murder. The actress playing the young, genius, really sells this episode as believable. The whole episode asks the audience to decide who they believe killed the student. Was it the young girl or her elder brother? Is the young girl a child genius who slipped up? Or is she still outsmarting everyone? By the time the credits roll you'll be smiling to yourself as you realise how the writers managed to play with your mind for the episode's duration.

Time of Your Death: When the assistant of a Hollywood entertainment mogul is murdered during his vacation in Vegas, the CSIs question how the young victim could afford to drive a Ferrari, wear designer clothes and lodge at a fancy hotel. As they get to the bottom of the crime, they realise that the victim's fantasy turned out to be a harsh reality. While the writing for this episode is pretty ingenious, the fact that both Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) and Julie Benz (Darla in Buffy and Angel) appear is what turned this, for me, from an interesting episode to a must see.

Way To Go: While Detective Brass is struggling for his life after being shot in the chest in the previous episode (Bang Bang), the team investigates the murders of a decapitated victim with a civil war obsession, and a man is killed after partying too hard. While the two murders are not overly interesting, the reason that this episode is of interest is because of the Brass segments. Will he die or pull through? The episode title seems to hint that he will die, but could it be referring to one of the two investigations instead? I'll leave that for you to find out.

Extras on this collection include two audio commentaries; Apparent Cause of Death (7 min featurette that shows the make-up department preparing an actor who will be playing a corpse lying on the slab with his vital organs and his brain exposed); Gadgets & Gizmos (6 min featurette, which can be played as a whole or in segments, looking at some of the gadgets used in the show); Coroner Reports (4 min featurette with Robert David Hall (Dr Al Robbins) and David Berman (David Phillips) on some of their experiences on the show); and Season Six Trajectory (19 min featurette that looks at some of the themes in the episodes in Season Six).

Yet another fantastic collection that CSI fans will be itching to add to their collection. In fact, it would be a crime not to.

Nick Smithson

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