DVD Review: “CSI: Season 15” (2015)

“CSI – Season 15” (2015)

3-stars

Procedural/Crime

Running Time: 880 minutes

Created by: Anthony E. Zuiker

Featuring: Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, David Berman, Wallace Langham

Kyle Ellis: “A freezer chest! What do you think?”

Nick Stokes: “That’s never good!”

CSI Mixing deduction and character-driven drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows a team of Crime Scene Investigators, employed by the Las Vegas Police Department, as they use physical evidence to solve murders. The team is originally led by Gil Grissom (William Petersen), a socially-awkward forensic entomologist and career criminalist who is promoted to CSI Supervisor following the death of a trainee investigator. Grissom’s second-in-command, Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), is a single mother with a cop’s instinct. Born and raised in Vegas, Catherine was a stripper before being recruited into law enforcement and training as a blood spatter specialist. Following Grissom’s departure during the ninth season of the series, Catherine is promoted to Supervisor. After overseeing the training of new investigator Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne), Willows is replaced by D.B. Russell (Ted Danson), and recruited to the FBI shortly thereafter. Russell is a family man, a keen forensic botanist and a veteran of the Seattle Crime Lab. In the series’ twelfth season, Russell is reunited with his former partner Julie Finlay (Elisabeth Shue), whom like Catherine, is a blood-spatter expert with an extensive knowledge of criminal psychology.

In the final full season Finlay finds her car rigged to explode (“The CSI Effect”) as Sara and Greg are quarantined (“Bad Blood”) in the fifteenth and final season of CSI. As Russell and Finn are forced to embark on a hunt for the elusive Gig Harbor Killer, their team investigates a final series of gruesome and unusual cases, including a fatal shooting at a marijuana store (“Buzz Kill”), a chemistry experiment gone awry (“The Book of Shadows”), a death at a rehab (“Road to Recovery”), the world of rubber dolls (“Rubbery Homicide”), a murder at a jail (“Let’s Make a Deal”), a victim who died twice (“Dead Rails”), and a case that leads the team into the world of aeronautics (“Angle of Attack”). Meanwhile, Morgan, Sara and Finn are met with a shootout at a forensics conference (“Girls Gone Wilder”), D.B. turns to Avery Ryan for advice on the psychology of killers (“The Twin Paradox”), and the CSIs reopen a ten-year-old investigation (“Dead Woods”). Also this season, a chrome-covered victim perplexes the investigators (“The Last Ride”), the abduction of two teenagers leads to a surprising offer for Nick (“Under My Skin”), murder memorabilia brings back bad memories of the team (“Merchants of Menace”), Stokes leaves Las Vegas, and Finlay is left comatose after coming face to face with the Gig Harbor Killer (“The End Game”).

CSI went through a number of changes over the past fifteen years, cast changes and multiple spin-offs, which have all been cancelled – and really the series went out with a whimper rather than a larger send off it probably deserved. The show rejuvenated the careers of some and created new careers for others. It also altered the way crime shows illustrate drama as well how crimes could be solved for better or for worse. For a number of years it also stayed away from the personal lives of the main characters, and when it did involve their lives took many episodes to investigate these fully.

This season much like all CSI seasons covers a variety of inventive crimes and does have an overarching story, which concludes in the TV movie that is arriving on DVD in a month or two.

This is recommended for fans of the show not for new viewers, but I do recommend watching all of the seasons – they are all available now.

Special Features:

– Deleted Scenes

– Cool Cars

– Girls Gone Gadgets

– Following The Evidence

– Killer Crime Scenes

– All Dolled Up

– That’s All, Stokes

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