Well, the sixth season of CSI kicks off with an explosive episode that initially makes you wonder whether the team is indeed back together, but don't worry - they are. Things are working much more smoothly than previously, with Ecklie less influential, Grissom more in control and the rest of the CSIs left to get on with their jobs. The cases, however, have become even darker. CSI has never exactly been a barrel of laughs - nor was it ever intended to be - but it was famous for being quirky, with some strange stories and unusual characters getting themselves into odd predicaments. Some people will miss that a little bit within these first twelve episodes of the new season, but I personally prefer the darker, more gritty and often more personal stories on offer here.
Revenge, infidelity, cult worship, fraud, jealousy, it all adds up to a whole lot of dead bodies, apparently from matricide, mass suicide, trailer park explosions, dog attacks or just decomposing in the trunk of a car. Even the slightly stranger stories, like the werewolves or the man who apparently ate himself to death, have a nicer, serious edge. And in the midst of it all we get some serious developments with respect of the ongoing character and story arcs. A shootout with some drug dealers where a cop goes down lets us see Brass' true colours, Sofia comes to Grissom for help and clashes with Sara, Warrick has some explaining to do with Catherine and, most significantly, Nick is forced to confront his demons following his kidnapping trauma. My personal favourite episode has Grissom enlisted by Ecklie to refute the testimony of a fellow entimology expert at a murder trial (echoing my all-time favourite CSI episode, season three's The Accused Is Entitled). Overall I cannot wait to see the rest of this darker and fairly eventful season, as well as the shock finale and shock premiere for season 7. Things just seem to be getting better with CSI.
1. Bodies in Motion
2. Room Service
3. Bite Me
4. Shooting Stars
5. Gum Drops
6. Secrets and Flies
7. A Bullet Runs Through It Part.1
8. A Bullet Runs Through It Part.2
9. Dog Eat Dog
10. Still Life
12. Daddy's Little Girl
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