CSI: Miami: The Seventh Season (2008)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Paramount || NR - 1095 minutes - $71.41 || September 15, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-28


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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): Anthony E. Zuiker & Ann Donahue & Carol Mendelsohn (created by)
Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Eva La Rue


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentary
  • Pop-Up Trivia
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Stereo 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

I’ve never really been a huge fan of the whole “CSI” series. I know a bunch of people who are, but I prefer more of the “Law & Order” type shows that deal with both the police and lawyer work, whereas “CSI” deals more with solving the crime. “CSI: Miami” is devoted to a select group of officers, equipped with a hummer, an AV lab, and their own intuitiveness in an effort to solve crimes. Now mind you this is the seventh season that I’m reviewing, and there have already been four total spin-offs of the show to date, so the question is, how much longer can this go on? Shouldn’t the officers have caught all the criminals in the world by now? That being said, as you can probably tell, this wasn’t a very entertaining show for me to have to review.

As the seventh season begins, we are left off where the sixth season ended. Horatio Caine (David Caruso) is lying next to a plane, motionless, and the police are arriving on the scene. His body is taken off, and now the other officers, who consist of; Calleigh (Emily Procter), Eric (Adam Rodriguez), Ryan (Jonathan Togo), and Frank (Rex Linn) must now find out who killed Caine. Now, throwing all basic logic out the window, Caine is the main character of the show. He’s featured on the cover of all the disc slips, the cases, and he’s on the dang box cover. Do you really think he’d be dead in the very first episode of the season? NO! What a lame twist and I feel bad for those who watched the sixth season expecting some great cliffhanger and got this one. Yes, it turns out he’s still alive and that his death was all a ruse to catch a killer. The team uses their forensic lab which contains a mighty neat computer that they can draw things on, and also do a little police work in the process to solve the case. Well, they don’t really solve it as Caine comes back and surprises his entire team (seriously?) that he’s still alive and kicking.

The show basically has two paths it takes. One, they show you how the crime was committed. Two, the officers then interview a bunch of witnesses, most of who either die in the episode or disappear, or just turn out to be useless. After interviewing them they pursue other leads and clues to actually catch the killer. That’s really all that happens in every episode, so I don’t get the appeal of the show. It’s literally the same thing every show, and even an avid viewer of crime-solving shows and such like I mentioned before, I just could not get into this show. The process they go through to figure out who murdered who just wasn’t interesting enough for me to really grasp onto.

There is however, one saving grace to the show. “Dead On Arrival” contains a great cameo by Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) who seriously deserves his own comedy show on some network in the near future. Bader plays Myles, the host of a “Bachelor” type show which has tons of gorgeous women vying for the heart of one man. Heck, even the idea of that show sounded better than the one I was watching for twenty-five episodes. One of the contestants is killed in the limo ride to meet her man, and it’s up to the CSI detectives to figure out what happened. Bader is hilarious in the episode, and despite the fact his character only has a handful of lines, he’s still the best part about this episode set.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

DISC TWO

“Wrecking Crew” Pop-Up Information: You can, if you so choose, to watch the episode with neat little tidbits about the show appear as the episode progresses. There’s no real entertainment value here, and the information presented isn’t that cool either.

“Wrecking Crew” Commentary by Joe Chappelle, Larry Detwiler, and Corey Miller: This is a great commentary, as it starts off with Chappelle, who directed the episode, talks about the budget woes of the show and leads into how the crane came into play for the killing. It’s not a funny commentary as it’s more informational than anything else, so if you like the ones with more info than laughs then this one is for you.

“Gone Baby Gone” Commentary by Don Tardino, Barry O’Brien, and Carey Meyer: Tardino discusses most of the story in this commentary, and also points out the plot points about trying to make the viewer guess who the kidnapper is. They all make some jokes, such as “and the first lead is a dead man,” so this has more laughs than the previous commentary. It’s an overall informative and entertaining commentary, so it’s well worth a listen.

DISC THREE

The Miami Sound Machine (30 minutes): If you’re looking for an in-depth look at the sounds to the show, then look no further. This incredibly length feature deals with the making-of the sounds from some of the episodes, and provides interviews with cast and crew about the shooting of some scenes as well as the editing that goes on.

DISC SIX

The New AV Lab (14 minutes): The “new” AV lab as well as the new hummer the show recently acquired are given more of a look at in this special feature. They show a bit too much for my enjoyment, as it dragged on after the first few minutes, but it is kind of neat to look at the lab and see how it’s constructed.

DISC SEVEN

Heating Up Miami (22 minutes): This is basically a documentary about the seventh season, as the cast and crew talk about the season you probably just got through watching. Some scenes are shown, some interviews, and other things that highlight the characters from the show. Fans of the show will probably enjoy this as it will give them more of a background of this season, but since I’m not a big fan I would probably say skip it.

Annoyingly enough, there’s no “play all” button, so you have to manually select what episode you want to watch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a show that has the word “Miami” in the title, I expected lush, gorgeous backgrounds filled with bright colors and incredible detail. What I got instead was a lackluster transfer that didn’t meet my expectations in the slightest. Colors are a bit undertone, as they aren’t very bright but they aren’t too dark either. I did notice several problems though with the contrast of the show especially during indoor scenes. It appeared as though even with the daytime scenes that it looked dark and cold inside the buildings. There were also multiple scenes with some distortion and noise, mainly in the background of the episodes.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track is equally as unimpressive as the video transfer. It’s mainly a front-heavy track, as even the theme song doesn’t provide a great surround usage from my setup. I was surprised at that, since most opening sequences are normally the highlight of a show, but this track left me wanting way more. Dialogue itself is decent and I never struggled to hear it although it just didn’t have the booming quality that other shows I’ve watched recently do. As I said before, surround use is rather minimal in the series, as even the explosion scenes came out fairly dull and not worth listening too. This is a track that needed some work before putting it on the shelves.



.::OVERALL::.

“CSI: Miami” The Seventh Season isn’t exactly my kind of show. I found a majority of the episodes to be somewhat of a snore, the actors and their respective characters not too interesting, and the crimes weren’t that exciting. The video and audio are merely average for a release, and the special features package is equally as entertaining as the show. Even for fans of the show I recommend passing on this season and hoping that season eight turns out better.