Last week, in the first episode since William Petersen’s departure, “CSI” had a fairly weak week, ratings wise -- still No. 1 for the night, but lower than average. On the other hand, “CSI” had a pretty strong week, quality wise, and I hope viewers will hang in there. Even though it's in its ninth season, which is way too long past the freshness date for most TV series, "CSI" still has potential left. The premise -- Sin City under a microscope -- is still fascinating.
I loved the character of Gil Grissom, but the other big reason to watch has always been the cool (and gross) science, of which there was plenty last week. The "CSI" writers have known how to keep the evidence and mircro-fiber fixations really interesting over the years. I still feel a sense of discovery during "CSI," and a sense of surprise, both of which have long been missing from that other network warhorse, "Law & Order."
Also, the rest of the "CSI" ensemble, especially Marg Helgenberger, is not so shabby. (Here's my loving ode to Marg.) Laurence Fishburne may turn out to be complex and restrained, based on his first post-Grissom hour. Maybe not. Robert David Hall (below) is still a kick, and so is the always hardboiled Paul Guilfoyle as Det. Brass. But now that Petersen is gone, the writers will have to keep bringing on their best, and I'm th nking (hoping) they will.
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