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CSI: New York
Season 4 - Part 2


Starring: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap, Hill Harper and Eddie Cahill
Momentum Pictures
RRP: £34.99
Certificate: 15
Available 27 October 2008

Set in the city that never sleeps, CSI: New York is a spin-off from the hugely popular CSI series. Following on from Vegas and Miami, this CSI has a distinct New York City flavour and style. Dealing with a city with a three hundred year history and eight million residents is a whole different ball game...

Season Four - Part Two of CSI: New York contains some great episodes. And, like Season Four - Part One, there is an ongoing story arc. This time it concerns a New York taxi driver who is going around killing people.

This box set only contains nine episodes, instead of the usual twelve due to the writer's strike. Highlights include:

Playing With Matches: Two bodies appear on the city of New York. One appears to be an astronaut who hit a moving fire engine while on fire, and travelling at an alarming speed; the other is a woman who seems to have drowned in a new high-tech public lavatory.

Right Next Door: Stella's apartment building is set on fire and it looks like it could be the work of an arsonist. A body is found in one of the flats, and when Stella's apartment is checked she finds a collection of notes asking for help. Who is the dead body and who is asking Stella for help?

Like Water For Murder: A dead woman and a shark are washed up on a beach. But when a second body is found it seems like a serial killer is on the loose. This sees the start of the Taxi driver killer story arc. There are also a handful of jokes thrown in that pay homage to Jaws.

Hostage: Mac is called into a bank hostage situation because the bank robber wants to prove he didn't kill a dead guy found in the bank's vault. This episode also ends on a pretty interesting cliffhanger.

Extras include Art Imitates Second Life (15 min, 24 sec look at the episode Down The Rabbit Hole, which was included in the previous box set. This explores the world of Second Life a little more); Art Attack (4 min, 10 sec look at the use of Clemente Cornacelli's art in the episode Right Next Door); Cutting to the Core: Season 4 in the Big Apple (13 min, 31 sec look back on the themes of Season 4 - including the use of the Statue of Liberty; the 333 story arc; Danny and Lindsay's relationship; and the Taxi killer story arc); and Dante's Infernal Episode (10 min, 03 sec look at the episode directed by Joe Dante - Boo - which was included in the previous box set).

I was a little surprised to see a Kia Motors ad at the start of every disc. It's bad enough that fans get less episodes than normal, but Momentum are now getting more cash in by charging Kia to advertise. Surely Momentum should be cutting the price of these overpriced box sets if they're getting additional revenue from advertising.

As usual the content of the episodes is high, but the price is a little on the steep side.


Amber Leigh

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