Monday, March 21, 2022

Series Review: CSI Vegas

One genre that I have always been a fan of is crime procedural TV shows. I enjoy watching policemen/detectives solve crimes and beat the bad guys by finding clues and evidence that lead them to their suspects. 

I remember being a fan of CSI back in the day. I watched all of them: CSI, CSI New York, CSI Miami, and CSI Cyber. They were all interesting shows. A bit cheesy at times, but still entertaining shows. When all these shows died their natural deaths, I thought I would never see their stories on TV again. That is until I heard of CSI Vegas.

CSI Vegas was meant to be a sort of epilogue season to the original CSI show: the season showed what has happened under a new set of people now that the original detectives and CSIs have moved on with their lives. While not all the previous members of the cast were shown in this season, there was mention of some of them and several of them were also part of the cast for this new version. 

In CSI Vegas, Sara and Gil returned to Las Vegas after former Police Captain Jim Brass was attacked in his home. This led to a series of events that later accused former CSI Hodges of falsifying reports to incarcerate criminals, which becomes the central story of the entire season. 

For the whole season, the new team at CSI along with Sara and Gil try to find out who is behind the framing of Hodges and how to prove that he is indeed innocent of the crimes that he was accused of. 

Of course, the show wouldn’t be CSI unless there are other crimes to be solved by the group. In these scenes, we get to know more about the other new characters, including a new “will-they-or-won’t-they” couple in Allie and Josh (I vote for yes on these two, by the way). 

While I liked that there was a main bad guy that the team was after in this season, I felt that it did not make much sense for me. It seemed like such a long game for this guy to play for everything. I felt that the motivation was not enough for him to play it that long (the storage locker involved was supposedly there for 10 years). Plus, as a failed lawyer, I can’t believe that he would have that much money and resources at his disposal to do everything as long as he did. 

I know that the show was meant to be a one-off and all, but it would be a waste not to see how far the new team can take this show. It’s nice to introduce them with the old cast there but it would be good to see them pass the baton, so to speak, to the new team.

I’ve read that there will be a second season for the show. Producers have also teased the appearance of other characters from the previous version in the next season. I think that would be a nice touch. I’ll look forward to that. Catherine was my favorite back then, I hope that we get to see her in future episodes. They have mentioned her being a big player in the casino business and being a grandmother, so that would be something I’d like to see. 

CSI Vegas only has 10 episodes for this season and to be honest, I prefer them having just this much per season. It doesn’t drag the story too long the way 22 episodes do. I hope the next season will only be for 10 episodes too. 

If you’re a crime procedural fan or a fan of the CSI franchise, you would enjoy this season. It’s good to have this franchise back. I hope they keep it for a while. 


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