CSI – Crime Scene Investigation, is a nerd’s dream come true. Especially if that nerd loves discussions of laryngeal edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the throat), stria patterns (fingernail evidence) or pseudoachondroplasia (false pregnancy). You can also learn more cool things about the human body than you ever thought possible.
CSI is set in the City of Sin, Las Vegas. And there’s plenty of unusual sins to investigate. One of CSI’s defining characteristics is its wild and varied story lines. Some episodes are straightforward murder cases. Some revolve around those with, shall we say, different interests. One example was a Season 5 episode entitled “King Baby.” It involved the murder of a casino owner, who, it’s discovered, has a fetish for acting like a baby and being coddled by women. The episode drew the ire of many parent groups and other media watchdogs. However, CSI in general is not a show for younger children. Mature teens may fare better if they are prepared to deal with the gore and sexually suggestive dialog.
The CSI lab is lead by Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen. He is joined by Catherine Willows, played by Marg Helgenberger, Warrick Brown, played by Gary Dourdan, Nick Stokes, played by George Eads, Sarah Sidle, played by Jorja Fox, Greg Sanders, played Eric Szmanda, Coronor Dr. Al Robbins, and outside of ethe lab, Capt. Jim Brass, played by Paul Guilfoyle.
Gil is the focal point of curiosity, due to his interest in anything dead. He started at a young age picking up dead animals and dissecting them to find out what made them “tick” and “stop ticking.” He is also interested in bugs, philosophy, and other mysteries of life. Catherine is the single mom and the daughter of a now-deceased casino owner/mobster. They don’t always get along, but Catherine truly respects Gil, and he cares about her and her daughter. Gil has developed over the years a love interest in Sarah.
Sarah is a true geek. She loves science and is incredibly intelligent. What she doesn’t have is people skills. She has more trouble relating to her peers than most others. Warrick is a native of Las Vegas and knows the city. He loves the clubs, casinos and games. Nick is a good-lookin’, life-lovin’ Texan. He was a spoiled child and comes from a large family. Nick loves people. He respects his job and takes it very seriously. Greg is the newest CSI and he’s already found himself deep legal trouble with a wrongful death suit. Greg is also a great role model for geeks.
Though there is much interaction between the characters, the evidence is really the star of the show. There’s always something to analyze: blood, bullets, fibers, fingerprints, shoeprints, knife wounds, clothing, etc. There’s a fair amount of gore in every episode, so it’s not a show for the faint of heart. You can always expect close-ups of wounds and views of various body parts. But for those who enjoy a puzzle, humorous dialog over non-humorous situations, it’s a great show.
CSI is on during the regular season at 9 EST, 8 CST Thursday night.
CSI has finished its 7th season. Though it’s lost some of its ratings luster, it’s still a highly rated program. It’s worth checking out, but make sure you watch the last episode from this season so that you’re not confused.