Your life is what you make it. How many times has that been said? Genetics may have a lot to do with looks, but those are only a small part. Think about the movie The Pursuit of Happyness for a minute. A true story of a man who started out homeless, Chris Gardner decided one day things had to change. After all, he had a young son who depended on his income. He put himself out into the employment pool and managed to impress a panel of Wall Street interviewers. He started at the bottom, of course. Time, determination, and focused ambition soon propelled him to a career in the brokerage field. He now makes millions.
If this had been the premise of CSI: NY's latest episode, the plot would have been believable. However, the interesting parts got lost in transit somewhere. To say the episode is convoluted would be putting it mildly. Somebody gets tired of life, and sells off his identity. He starts completely over with a new job and presumably buys a place and fresh stuff with the money from his sale.
Okay, fair enough. I can buy that. But killing another person because he was living the life you had given up? Uh, a little hard to swallow.
What made up for the clunkers was the secondary story line. Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) gets attacked on her way to meet Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill). They are about to search an apartment for clues in a homicide investigation. The plucky gal puts up a fight, but it's not over until words are exchanged in a foreign language.
Since this story is probably not over yet, I won't say how who the perp is. The tricky part will be how to bring charges. Sometimes a case is not always clear cut.
Mac is under a lot of pressure with the job he has, and Gary Sinise does a good job of managing it most of the time. Every so often he has to explode, though. My sympathy goes out to the poor character unfortunate enough to feel Mac Taylor's wrath. The times I have trouble watching this show are these exact moments. Yes, I realize it's fake, but things just get a bit too intense for me.
Were the writers pressed for story ideas this season? The premiere had an easy solution anyone who watched last season's finale could have guessed. A good deal of what has been shown since then is lackluster. With the presidential debates, the schedule was slightly thrown off course. However, that's no excuse. Viewers will simply have to keep watching and see if the show improves.