CSI: NY: The Complete Third Season (2006)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery
Paramount || NR - 1019 minutes - $64.99 || October 9, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-10-09


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Director: NA
Writer(s): Anthony E. Zuiker (created by)
Cast: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Anna Belknap, Eddie Cahill, Robert Joy, Claire Forlani


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Supplemental Material:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Breaking the Killer Code
  • The Suicide Girls Rock 'CSI: NY'
  • The Making of 'Silent Night'
  • Hill Harper Explores the Body Farm


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

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.::THE FILM::.

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The “CSI” franchise, unlike “Law & Order”, each offers their own style both in terms of style and storylines. I still prefer the original, but “CSI: NY” has the advantage over “Las Vegas” and “Miami” in that each episode is consistently as good as the previous one. As much as I like William Petersen, the stories on “CSI” aren’t as engaging as they once were. It’s not to say the writers aren’t trying as they must compete with the serialized “Grey’s Anatomy”, but those serialized stories on “CSI” have never had a satisfying finale (see: the Miniature Killer and Keppler stories). And I won’t even bother with “CSI: Miami” and the awful lines/acting.

Where the other “CSI” shows fail, “CSI: NY” retains solid writing and acting. All I have to say is, if Petersen ever did leave -- as been rumored over the past 3 years or so --, Gary Sinise could move over to the mother ship. This is not to say the show would improve all that much, but it wouldn’t lose anything in talent.

The third season of “CSI: NY” is much more procedural than serial, but certain episodes to offer mini-stories going on under the backdrop of some grisly murder. Sinise’s Mac Taylor meets his deceased wife’s son and also gets in a relationship with the city medical examiner (Forlani); Stella Bonasera (Kanakaredes) fears she may be HIV positive after cutting herself at a crime scene; Lindsay Monroe (Belknap) deals with her own tragic past; and Sheldon Hawkes (Harper) is the target of a serial killer.

Personally, I prefer a procedural over serial shows as I can go in and out of an episode without having to know which character is feuding with another or who the latest “villain” is. And as a bonus, “NY” gives primarily procedural storylines and those stories work each and every time.

It also helps to have the talent level of Gary Sinise (one of my favorite actors), Melina Kanakaredes, who rivals her “Vegas” counterpart, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill and Carmine Giovinazzo. Each brings their own flavor to the roles and makes the series worthwhile. Plus the sometimes forgotten Robert Joy as another M.E. also is a great part of this cast. I’m still sad/angry Vanessa Ferlito is gone, however.

Some highlights from season three include: ‘Hung Out to Dry’ (part 1 of a 2-part serial killer storyline), ‘Consequences’ as Mac butts heads against Flack (Cahill), ‘And Here’s To You, Mrs. Azrael which is a tragically moving episode, ‘Silent Night’ guest starring Marlee Matlin and the season finale, ‘Snow Day’ as the CSI crew go up against a gang after $100 million worth of seized cocaine.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
01. People With Money
02. Not What It Looks Like
03. Love Run Cold
04. Hung Out To Dry
05. Oedipus Hex
06. Open And Shut
07. Murder Sings The Blues
08. Consequences
09. And Here’s To You, Mrs. Azrael
10. Sweet 16
11. Raising Shane
12. Silent Night
13. Obsession
14. The Lying Game
15. Some Buried Bones
16. Heart of Glass
17. The Ride-In
18. Sleight Out Of Hand
19. A Daze of Wine and Roaches
20. What Schemes May Come
21. Past Imperfect
22. Cold Reveal
23. ...Comes Around
24. Snow Day



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Audio Commentaries – The DVD offers 4 tracks on key and/or interesting episodes: ‘Not What It Looks Like’ with writer Pam Veasey, executive producer Peter Lenkov and director Duane Clark; ‘Oedipus Hex’ with executive producer/creator/writer Anthony E. Zuiker and guest star Missy Suicide of the “Suicide Girls”; ‘Consequences’ featuring Veasey and star Eddie Cahill; and ‘Silent Night’ with Lenkov and writer Sam Humphrey. All the tracks are fun to listen to, especially if you’re into the show. I like that one of them has a cast member, though one with Sinise would’ve been nice, but still a good and well-rounded selection of guests.

Breaking the Killer Code (12:37) – ‘Making-Of’ explores the ‘Hung Out To Dry’ episode and explains the how and where they came up with the ideas behind the cryptic T-shirts and acknowledge (as said in the episode itself), the influence “The Da Vinci Code” had. At the very least, it’s semi-interesting and features interviews with the cast and crew (along with guest star Edward Furlong).

The Suicide Girls Rock ‘CSI: NY’ (11:33) – The first 4-minutes basically explains with the “Suicide Girls” are all about to go along with still pictures of the ladies. The rest goes on-set as they make their guest appearances in the episode, ‘Oedipus Hex’. One scene they focus on is the “SG” introduction with the dumping of the fake blood over them.

The Making of ‘Silent Night’ (8:13) – Another ‘making-of’ featurette exploring the filming of this episode and features, like “Breaking the Killer Code”, interviews with the cast and crew. This episode featured two interesting cases, one starring Oscar Winner Marlee Matlin and the other by skater Sasha Cohen.

Last, Hill Harper Explores the Body Farm (22:10) finds the “CSI: NY” star going to a facility where bodies in various stages of decomposition are stored and studied. Pretty damn gruesome and not what I was expecting (I thought it was a featurette on making of those bodies on the show). The body farm is used to recreate homicide scenes and do other tests. FYI: anyone who is the least bit squeamish of the site of a real dead body, you might want to avoid this one. However, some interesting factoids for you future serial killers: fall time a body takes about 2-months to skeletonize versus a hot summer which can only take a few days...



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The show is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR.

Audio options available are English 5.1 and a Spanish Dolby tracks. The music makes the most use out of the surround system, but dialogue is clear as are the ambient noises.



.::OVERALL::.

“CSI: NY” may be the lowest rated of the “CSI” franchise, but I think it’s on par with “Vegas” and it deserves the same kind of viewership. It’s not that it’s one of the best series I’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly the most consistent and entertaining. You don’t have the eye-rolling, pre-credit quips and the serialized material is kept to a minimum allowing self-containment for those who don’t want to watch a show every week.

The DVD is well done and the inclusion of the “Body Farm” segment was definitely a surprise. If you’ve owned the previous “CSI” sets, you know what you’re getting. These usually carry a higher price tag for a few years (~ $45), but I think its well worth it just for the show.