“CSI Finale” (2016)
TV Show/TV Movie/Finale
Running Time: 90 minutes
Created by: Anthony E. Zuiker
Featuring: Ted Danson, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Elisabeth Harnois, Jon Wellner, William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Paul Guilfoyle, Melinda Clarke
Catherine Willows: “Listen, I need a favor. The new girl, she’s having a bit of a rough one. She thinks she let you down. I was hoping you might be able to help her process the suitcase, give her a little of that Grissom TLC? She could really use it.”
Gil Grissom: “I’d rather not. I’m quite content here. Where did that girl come from, anyway?”
Catherine Willows: “My vagina! You don’t recognize her? Grissom, that’s Lindsey, my daughter.”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, began on October 6, 2000, and ran for fifteen full seasons. Starring William Petersen, Ted Danson, Marg Helgenberger, Elisabeth Shue, and Laurence Fishburne, the series concluded its run with a two-hour finale entitled Immortality on September 27, 2015.
CSI’s first spin-off and the second series within the franchise is CSI: Miami, which ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2012 and was canceled on May 13, 2012. Miami stars David Caruso, Kim Delaney, and Emily Procter, with its lead character, Horatio Caine, based upon LAPD bomb squad technician Detective John Haynes.
In 2004, CSI: Miami spun off CSI: NY, the third series in the franchise and the only indirect spin-off of CSI. It was canceled after nine seasons on May 10, 2013. The series starred Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, and Sela Ward. In 2014, CSI spun off CSI: Cyber, its second direct spin-off and the fourth series in the franchise. Cyber premiered in 2015, and starred Patricia Arquette and franchise alum Ted Danson – the only actor to appear as a series regular in more than one CSI series. The lead character, Avery Ryan, was inspired by cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken who is attached to the series as a producer. The final active series, CSI: Cyber, was canceled on May 12, 2016.
So after all that the series comes down to a television finale where a suicide bomber detonates his vest on the floor of the Catherine Willows-owned Eclipse casino, the FBI Special Agent returns from Los Angeles in order to join the investigation. Gil Grissom, meanwhile, working to preserve sharks in international waters, is arrested for trespassing at the Port of San Diego, and D.B. Russell offers Sara Sidle the chance to supervise the local investigation into the bombing. Sidle, who is vying for the position of Director of the Las Vegas Crime Lab, is initially irked when Sheriff Conrad Ecklie inquires as to Grissom’s location when “Lady” Heather Kessler is linked to the crime. Ecklie ensures Grissom is released from custody, and he and Willows, alongside Eclipse security officer Jim Brass, assist in locating the suspect.
As the team works to restore safety to the streets of Las Vegas, D.B. decides it is time for him to “head East” and pursue new challenges, while he places a plaque, dedicated to the memory of Julie Finlay, alongside his personal possessions. Catherine expresses an interest in leaving the FBI and working alongside her daughter Lindsey in the Las Vegas Crime Lab, noting that, should Sara reject the promotion she is going to be offered, Catherine will accept it in lieu of her former colleague. The series ends with the newly promoted Sara, upon hearing a recording of Grissom confessing his love for her, sailing from the Port of San Diego with Grissom.
To be honest this finale feels like a longer episode and does not really even feel very inclusive with George Eads being conspicuously absent as he left in the final regular episode – as a long time viewer I thought it was sad Nick Stokes did not make one final appearance.
That being said I think it was time for CSI to end and to make way for younger fresher shows – it did start the procedural TV show, which now goes on in other forms. Farewell CSI!