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Revenge Is Best Served Cold
The Accused Is Entitled
Let The Seller Beware
Abra Cadaver
The Execution Of Catherine Willows
Fight Night
Snuff
Blood Lust
High And Low
Recipe For Murder
Got Murder?
Random Acts Of Violence
One Hit Wonder
Lady Heather's Box
Lucky Strike
Crash & Burn
Precious Metal
A Night At The Movies
Last Laugh
Forever
Play With Fire
Inside The Box

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C.S.I. - Crime Scene Investigation: Season Three
cast: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, Jorja Fox, and Paul Guilfoyle

created by Anthony E. Zuiker
975 minutes (15) 2003
widescreen ratio 16:9
Momentum DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 9/10
reviewed by Eric Turowski
I watch C.S.I. - Crime Scene Investigation fairly religiously. This is one of my favourite shows, and since it involves my girlfriend's chosen profession, we tend to drop everything Thursday nights at 9 pm and tune to CBS. But watching the series as it is broadcast doesn't really allow the viewer to catch the growing plot strings of the season, as filming time occasionally goes over and quite a number of re-runs get dropped into the schedule.

In this season, Grissom's (William Petersen) inherited hearing loss becomes more of a detriment. He thinks he may have to retire as a CSI if he becomes completely deaf. Also Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) starts to learn the dark secrets of her past. Plus, the lab explodes near the end of the season. Those are the main threads of the continuing story arc. I haven't had the chance to view the collected season on DVD, but here are the highs and lows from season three.

Highs - Lady Heather's Box: any episode with dominatrix Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke) is worth watching because she's so very smokin'. The second story of this 90-minute episode involves Catherine digging into her personal past to try to learn why her ex disappeared. This will culminate with a startling revelation by season three's end. In Crash And Burn, Sara (Jorja Fox) investigates a case where an elderly woman has driven her car into the front of a restaurant. There's a memorable twist at the end - very good writing here. A Little Murder: angry midget murder - need I say more? This was a particular favourite of mine when it aired, although over the course of the past two seasons, I think it was re-run several dozen times. Snuff: two powerful and interesting storylines here; the discovery of a snuff film (and Catherine's search for the perpetrator); and entomologist Grissom deals with an ant-covered body that turns out to have been dead for a year. Play With Fire: the lab blows up in this episode, injuring several CSIs and making Sara a little more over the top. We get to see a lot of the personal lives of the investigators in this one. The effects of the lab explosion linger into following episodes.

Lows - Last Laugh: even though Bobcat Goldthwaite guest stars, this episode limps along in a rather mean-spirited way. A stand-up comedian is apparently murdered on stage due to drinking from a poisoned bottle of water. Later, other tainted bottles appear at local supermarkets. I just didn't care for this one. Forever: super-rich people who fly a horse around a lot get tangled up with CSI because said horse tramples a trainer to death while in the air. Dumb. The backstory, where young lovers apparently commit suicide in the desert, is much better - but you still have to watch the wealthy equestrian story. Inside The Box: The season finale left us with a lame cliffhanger regarding Grissom's hearing and sort of half-ass wraps up some of Catherine's issues. Not a very strong season ending.

C.S.I. is still worth watching for all the science (although a few zingers get by the consultants - DNA tests that normally take a couple weeks get done in hours, etc), the crazy trivia (I learned more about midgets and dwarves than I ever needed to know) and the great writing. Much like the long running Law & Order, the formula format for C.S.I. is always entertaining and the twists inevitable. If you haven't had the opportunity to view the broadcasts, check out the DVD. The new season is about to start, so if you need to get a-hold of me Thursday evenings you won't be able to.

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