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TV Review: CSI:NY – “Criminal Justice”

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It's back! After the expected holiday hiatus, CSI:NY waited just a bit longer to return due to the boatload of football games. Wise move, since the last set of Bowl matchups are the typical ones people want to see. Easier just to toss in a repeat and sit things out for a bit. Considering this is season number six, finding one already aired is not a difficult task. How many more remain? Previous seasons have gone on longer than the typical twenty two episode run. With the Olympics coming up, the next hiatus just might be sooner than expected. This show ends about May, which also means stretching the list out until then.

Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) have a rather nasty crime scene on their hands this week. A young woman is found dead, and Mom makes the grisly discovery. While the culprit is more likely a man, the scene still has to be processed. Throw in an assistant district attorney, Craig Hansen (D.B. Sweeney), and the stakes just get that much higher.

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) makes a promising start when he discovers a foot print in the bathroom. The tiles are porous, therefore the evidence is better detected on them. No so for the rest of the premises. Carpet absorbs prints, and with everybody walking through the room, the chances of getting anything are a little slim. Why? People walk over footprints so layers build up. Processing takes more time than it needs to. There is, however, something of a promising lead under the bed.

Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap, who turns in a solid performance this week) finds a cigarette lighter with a fingerprint. An emblem also narrows down the suspect pool. So far, so good.

There is a question of evidence tampering, although the culprit is rather obvious. In fact, the opening scene all but gives it away. Go watch for yourself. Monroe is put up against Bonasera as the voice of reason, who can be guilty of tunnel vision.

Gary Sinise's daughter, Sophie, makes a guest star appearance as the neighbor. It's almost more of a cameo role, but her part is crucial.

Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) may be walking again, but the back brace he wears is a pretty good indicator he has pushed himself a little too hard. Chasing after the Compass Killer ("Manhattanhenge") strained his muscles beyond where they work best. Could a pain pill addiction be a future storyline? Perhaps, although Danny seems more sensible.

Right now, Danny has a bigger problem. Someone steals his wallet out of a locker while he goes through an accupuncture procedure. Worse, his badge is stolen, too. I have to question the writers on one small point. As smart as Danny is supposed to be, it doesn't occur to him to check the other lockers? Lindsay not suggesting it either seems to be a bad move on whoever constructed the script.

D.B Sweeney does not have much screen time, but his portrayal of the attorney with a possible agenda is nice to watch. He too could return down the road since there is still a part of his story to be played out.

All in all, the first new episode of the year got strong and sure, just like the show is intended to be. Stay tuned Wednesday's at 10pm to see more CSI:NY! Full episodes are available the next day at the CBS website.

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  • Annie

    It also doesn’t occur to him to put a lock on the locker in the first place?

    Seriously how stupid are the writers?

  • NancyGail

    They’re usually smarter than this week.

  • Annie

    Sorry if I offend you, but the writing for this entire season so far has been completely brainless!

    What are the writers thinking?

  • NancyGail

    You’re not offending. Year Six seems to be more character driven rather than plot driven. They are on the slump after the fall big stories.

  • Annie

    Frankly, I have no idea what to call these past few seasons, they just stink.