DVD Review: “CSI: Cyber – Season 1”

CSI: Cyber – Season 1 (DVD)

Running Time: 545 minutes

Extras: CSI Episode “Kitty”, Deleted Scenes, Makings of, Commentaries and more…

Featuring: Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Shad Moss, Charley Koontz, Hayley Kiyoko

It was probably going to be inevitable that the CSI franchise was going to move into the 21st century with a show based around computer crime and all that it entails. When a new CSI franchise is formed you can guess two things: one, there is going to be a song by the classic 70s band, The Who, and second there will be a character actor at the helm of the show. In the case of CSI: Cyber the song chosen was “I can see for miles” and the actor was Patricia Arquette who is the first female lead in a CSI show and her name is above the title. Arquette was no stranger to the television landscape as she was the lead in the long running TV show “Medium” (2005 – 2011) – and in fact just before the first season of CSI: Cyber went to air she won an Oscar for Performance in a supporting role for the film “Boyhood” (2014) – so an excellent resume was being brought to her role of Avery Ryan first seen in the backdoor pilot “Kitty” on the related show “CSI”.

The entire first season is seen through the eyes of recently released (and on a sort of parole to Avery’s custody) Brody (Shad Moss) who was a black hat (an evil hacker) who was caught and now works as a CSI. We encounter the team: Elijah (James Van Der Beek) an FBI agent who works in the field and two other CSIs, Krumitz (Koontz) and Raven (Kiyoko) who work alongside Brody.

Through 13 episodes we are led along solving crimes and encountering situations that test loyalties to both friends and family. The season has ups and downs – its starts off uneven but by the end of the season things are on a roll and while there is probably too many shots of people just looking at screens there is an attempt at least to get as many charcters into the field as well as creating realistic bonds between the entire team, particularity the junior CSIs.

Overall this is a handy addition to the CSI pantheon of shows and I am really looking forward to Season 2.

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