CSI: Miami: The Sixth Season (2007)

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery
Paramount || NR - 914 minutes - $79.99 || September 9, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-09-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Ann Donahue & Carol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. Zuiker (created by)
Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, Rex Linn, Jonathan Togo, Eva La Rue


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Episode Commentaries
  • Four-Sight: Directing CSI: Miami
  • Playing Dead
  • The Real Women of the MDPD
  • Analyzing Season 6


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Stereo Surround)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

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Six years and still going strong... well, still going anyway. “CSI: Miami” is easily the most cheesy and undeniably the most ridiculous in the “CSI” franchise, and they know it. I think years ago when Caruso’s mugging for the camera in each of the episodes opening shots — as he puts on his cool shades —, it was taken with a certain amount of seriousness, or as much as any guilty pleasure/primetime crime soap opera can. I noticed through The Sixth Season that his sunglasses, as they did in the weekly promos, stick out in many scenes even after opening credits. Semi-edit: doing a little research on You Tube, I did discover that in fact the character Caruso has created has become popular, cheesiness included and the shades are every bit as important, so who am I do criticize?

If you want more of my thoughts of “CSI: Miami” in general, you can check out my review of the fifth season. My opinion of the show is still the same, though overall this season I felt wasn’t quite as strong as season five, but only slightly.

The Sixth Season finds a few new storylines, most of which carry on throughout the season, but get resolved in a tidy manor in one episode. I guess the most prominent one this go around is about Horatio Caine and the discovery that he has a son who gets involved with the wrong kind of people (in a later episode we also meet the shady mother played by Elizabeth Berkeley), as well as actions from season five coming back to haunt him. There are other stories featuring some of the CSI’s, one that finally wraps up the Ryan Wolfe ordeal with his gambling; another finds Emily Procter getting kidnapped to help a couple thugs get away with murder; and last a regular cast member departs for good.

Overall, I enjoyed the season even though a couple episodes were downright laughable in their own right taken outside of the norm even by “CSI: Miami” standards. In an episode entitled ‘Sunblock’ a man is strangled while those around him admire a total eclipse plus two more are murdered in the same fashion. Well, when the killer and his/her motives are revealed, I couldn’t help but groan just a little. I know not each whodunit can be top notch, but that episode stood out as the weak link for the season.

Each “CSI” has its shtick; “Miami” has flashy scenery, hot women and David Caruso’s sunglasses and oh so odd smirks. Some may love it as it doesn’t for a second take itself too seriously, and features quite a bit of fantasy elements especially with the use of technology, so it will appeal to a segment of the population that may feel the original is too dark for their tastes.

Due to the writers’ strike this season included only 21 episodes versus the normal 24 episode run:

601 – “Dangerous Son”
603 – “Cyber-Lebrity”
604 – “Inside Out”
602 – “Bang, Bang, Your Debt”
605 – “Deep Freeze”
606 – “Sunblock”
607 – “Chain Reaction”
608 – “Permanent Vacation”
609 – “Stand Your Ground”
610 – “CSI: My Nanny”
611 – “Guerillas in the Mist”
613 – “Miami Confidential”
612 – “Raising Caine”
614 – “You May Now Kill the Bride”
615 – “Ambush”
616 – “All In”
617 – “To Kill a Predator”
618 – “Tunnel Vision”
619 – “Rock and a Hard Place”
620 – “Down to the Wire”
621 – “Going Ballistic”



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

CBS/Paramount has chosen to change the packaging again from a digipak with a cardboard slip cover to a slip case containing three thinpaks (before this it was a digipak with a plastic slip cover). Not bad, but it doesn't match the other sets at all, but I know why they went this route as it is much thinner.

Audio Commentaries – Two tracks are included: “Permanent Vacation” with director Eagle Egilsson and writers Barry O’Brien (who I found out created “Hannah Montana”) and Krystal Houghton; “Raising Caine” with actors Elizabeth Berkley and Rex Linn.

Four-Sight: Directing “CSI: Miami” (16:45) – One thing I like about these “CSI” DVD releases is they manage to expose a little more about the behind-the-scenes on the show, this time talking about four of the series’ regular directors, their styles and how they got started.

Playing Dead (6:10) – Short featurette that examines the process of making an actor dead from the make-up to how difficult it really is to play a dead person.

The Real Women of the MDPD (16:26) gives insight into the different units women are a part of and the training they go through.

And Analyzing Season 6 (13:20) goes into the storylines of this season and how the writers/producers wanted to delve deeper into the characters.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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“CSI: Miami” is a show that features quite a bit of oversaturated colors and a ton of grain that is there on purpose, which also means that while it doesn’t look fantastic on DVD, it is the way they wanted it. The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 OAR.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio isn’t anything to behold, but it gets the job done. The music score and opening title sequence all sound pretty good, though I did think the rest including dialogue and ambient noises were at times flat.



.::OVERALL::.

“CSI: Miami” isn’t for everybody just as the Vegas version doesn’t appeal to all. Its light and most of the time it’s cheesy to the extreme as David Caruso’s Horatio Caine hams just about every scene he’s in. But for all the grief the series receives, I still enjoy it overall and make it one my few guilty pleasures I try and watch every week (especially now that NBC cancelled “Las Vegas”).