CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is one of the non-cartoon TV shows that I try to watch regularly. It's been a favorite since it first came out some years ago and has grown on me ever since. Neither CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, in my opinion, come close to the depth of character development that has taken place in the show.
At the same time, Quentin Tarantino is someone whose work I am always curious to see. I don't quite consider myself to be a fan but I can't deny that some of his work is compelling if only for the viciousness of the violence and the crispness of the dialogue.
So it was with some anticipation that I settled into the La-Z-Boy last night to watch the much-touted two-hour season finale to CSI. What dark and twisted situation would Hollywood's enfant terrible unleash on my favorite TV show?
Apparently, not much.
I won't be giving away any plot spoilers by pointing out the scenario facing the CSI crew in this episode. Nick Stokes is abducted by some unnamed villain and buried in a plexiglass coffin. Gil Grissom and the gang can view Nick by means of webcam. Can they find him in time to save him?
From the outset, the situation looked very contrived. Why go through the trouble of baiting the CSI team? I was hoping Tarantino et al. would find some compelling storyline to explain why Stokes is in the coffin. Perhaps some nemesis of Grissom's who had outwitted him in the past? I was actually quite hopeful when I saw that one of the guest stars was Frank Gorshin, who played The Riddler against Adam West's Batman.
Alas, we didn't get any of that. It was a typical clockwork CSI investigation, only with one of the team members as the victim. In fact, there were a number of plot points that just didn't work for me. However, I don't want to spoil your viewing pleasure so I'll practice forbearance and keep them to myself.
There were a couple of Tarantino-esque touches to the episode. The first one, very early in the story, involved a double murder. That alone would have made for a good half of the usual episode but it was just plain wasted. The autopsy sequence near the end was shocking and funny.
However, neither of these really gives the story that zip I expected.