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When I had heard Ted Danson was cast in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, I was both sad and curious; would this take him away from the genius that is Bored to Death and would he be any good in CSI? While I can’t answer the question in regards to Bored to Death I can unequivocally answer the one about CSI, and the answer is, why I was concerned or curious? Let me kill the suspense and say Danson nails it, guys. I mean, he rocks it from the first moment you see him till it cuts to black. That is how good he is. And also color me crazy but the show had something that it hadn’t had since Grissom and even the Warrick days. It was like someone gave CSI a spring in their step.
The episode entitled ’73 Seconds’, is fairly standard for a CSI episode:
A crazy, chaotic shoot-out on a hotel tram leaves two dead, almost no witnesses, and a lot of contradictory evidence; another dead man in Panaca County has a young man’s face and an old man’s body.
What really makes the episode though is that the ‘spring in the step’ I said? It feels like how CSI: Crime Scene Investigation used to feel in the old days. And it wasn’t until tonight with Danson’s new character D.B. Russell shows up to fill up the slack that Langston left behind, is where I can now place my finger on the pulse of what has been going wrong with the series for a few years. For those who are in the cast left-over from ‘the good years’ and I am referring to the great cast that consists of Catherine (Marg Helgenberger), Nick (George Eads), Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), Greg (Eric Szmanda), Dr. Robbins (Robert David Hall), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), Phillips (David Berman), Ecklie(Marc Vann) and Hodges (Wallace Langham). Now obviously the best part of the show was the combination of everyone (including Wendy by Liz Vassey) along with a greatly missed Gil Grissom (William Petersen). And now, I can wax on about how Grissom is what made CSI: Crime Scene Investigation great, but the fact is, the idea of Grissom is what made the show great. And that what was missing. The general idea of the sort of nerd-like idea about the cases, and approach to cases was always apparent in it’s lead and head of the office Grissom. And when he left, there was a bit of a void there. And the show paid for it.
‘But nick, what of Hodges and Wendy?’ Not the same type of nerdy-appeal. Hodges and Wendy to me can represent the every-day nerd, but Grissom was a bit more than that. He represented someone of authority, someone almost like Sherlock Holmes, who operated on the same but yet, different level compared to everyone else. And while I am not saying that Ted Danson’s D.B. Russell is a direct fill in for Girssom, as he isn’t, at the same time, he is hitting the vibe that Girssom had when he was in the department. And I gotta say, it was beyond refreshing to witness. I used to love CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and I am glad to say I might start watching again just because Danson.
Some neat twists were implied though by Russell’s introduction, one that Nick Stokes or someone else in the department might be on the way out, but yeah, a great introduction for Danson, and for those who feel the show is missing something, he gives you the vibe that Grissom left in his wake. And it feels good to watch CSI feeling jazzed/entertained like you did back when the show began in the early seasons.
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