CSI -- crime scene investigation -- it’s the art of
using forensic science to gather evidence and interpret how a crime occurred. It’s also
the thesis of the popular CBS series, CSI (see the review of the first season on
DVD). The secret of the show’s popularity may lie in the special effects and
effective use of jargon as the team solves their cases.
As season two
unfolds, the audience begins to see more of what makes this team tick. The cases are
twisted and bizarre. Of course just when the audience thinks that Hollywood makes these
cases too easy for the team to solve, the writers throw a wrench in the works and
surprise us with the truth behind the situation.
The special effects group
continues to offer fascinating visual effects -- such as seeing how a bullet enters the
body and punctures the vessels as it travels. It should seem gruesome, but instead it
takes on a surreal affect of seeing three-dimensional fluid computer animation recreate
that moment. This series really shows the viewer how far modern technology has brought
modern crime solving -- because all of the equipment used on the show is active and not
too old. It seems that the producers were able to obtain it through auctions and
There are plenty of extras offered with this DVD box set,
including three features, a music video, a few audio commentaries, and trailers for the
video game and a short trailer showing some of their international
Episodes worth the extra mention include:
Chaos Theory -- the episode that shows how a random sequence of
events can sometimes lead to the death of a young woman.
You -- this episode rings with the same resonance of the Columbine killings, but
viewers will be surprised to find out who pulled the trigger.
Las Vegas -- one of the more risqué episodes, where the murder victim leads the crew
to an S&M club run by Lady Heather.
Alter Boys -- the team
investigates a murder suspect caught burying a victim, but Grissom questions whether the
man really did it or not.
GRADE: A (SHOW), A (DISC)