After the critical success of Season One,
C.S.I. is back for it's second season with a vengeance. Same as last time,
this boxed set of episodes thrilled me with it's clever stories and brilliant
For those not in the know, a C.S.I. is a
Crime Scene Investigator and these good folks get evidence from the crime
scene to try to help police solve all manner of wrongdoing, the ultimate
whodunnit scenario. The C.S.I. team are the nightshift in Las Vegas headed up
by Gil Grissom (played by William Peterson). The thing I like about C.S.I is
that the members of the team are not infallible and in fact we get to see the
problems that they have to encounter in their daily lives and the way those
problems affect their work solving crimes.
One thing to realise is that these shows are
not for the faint of heart. If you don't like blood, then this is not for you
as there are quite a number of scenes where murders are reenacted so consider
yourself warned in advance. The special effects are sensational and certainly
illustrate the ways that the crimes are perpetrated.
I personally think that the entire disc is
brilliant with all the stories as strong as each other. That said however, I
do have a favourite and that is Scuba Doobie Doo which is episode five on the
second disc (there are three in this boxed set). I'm not going to tell you
exactly what happens, however get ready for some powerful imagery when you see
a scuba diver's body found hanging in a tree in the middle of a bush fire.
This one is really clever and you'll be surprised at all the twists and turns
that it takes. The same can be said for the rest of the episodes, however it
was the imagery of the diver in a barren wasteland, something that so strongly
did not belong, that got to me.
Episodes on this disc are as follows:
Chaos Theory (41.54)
Bully for You (41.08)
Scuba Doobie Doo (40.35)
Alter Boys (42.32)
Slaves of Las Vegas (42.35)
And Then There Were None (38.53)
Organ Grinder (39.52)
You've Got Male (42.15)
Ultimately this boxed set is well worth the
investment for the simple reason that you will quite easily be able to watch
it more than once. I found that with episodes I believed myself to be familiar
with, there would always be little things that I missed along the way. The
stories are all solid, as are the actors taking part in the show. Highly
recommended and I can't wait for the second part of season two!
The disc is shown in
16:9 widescreen and looks great from start to finish. The grain problems
evident in the first season have practically disappeared and the end result
was wonderful. I am happy with the quality of the video on this release.
We're looking at Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround and it doesn't really need it for this type of show. All
channels are used, though we are looking at a remixed 2.0 for the DVD. The
music for the show travels nicely through all channels and gunshots and other
thud effects sound great through the subwoofer.
The extras on this set are brilliant and well worth watching for fans of the
series. Of special interest is the Cast and Crew feature on the second disc.
It runs for roughly thirty seven minutes, and gives very good insights into
the second season and where they are headed with both the story and character
Audio commentaries are interesting although a bit sparse at times considering
that the episodes run roughly 40 minutes each and you want a constant flow of
info. Don't let this put you off however, they are worth the watch.
We are also taken behind the scenes of CSI and given a walkthrough the set
which will be of great interest for fans and just curious folk. All said and
done they are a well rounded set of extras that enhance an already great
C.S.I Season 2
Boxed Set 1 Features
Cast & Crew Feature
Behind the Scenes of C.S.I
C.S.I Set Walk Through
Executive Producer, Director & Cast Member Commentaries
for Episodes 2.1, 2.6 & 2.10
The Who "Who are You" Music Video