Critical Condition: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — Immortality

Quipped Variety of the procedural swansong that was 15 years in the making: "CSI Finally Becomes a Chalk Outline" (TV3, 8.30 Thursday).

Quipped Variety of the procedural swansong that was 15 years in the making: “CSI Finally Becomes a Chalk Outline” (TV3, 8.30 Thursday).

“Bumped up to a feature length two hours, the farewell episode felt like an encore from your favourite band, with iconic characters Gil Grissom (“dad bod” trailblazer William Petersen) and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) sprung out of retirement to solve a mystery the writers of Scooby Doo might reject as unreasonably ludicrous … Cheesy, thrilling and with half a dozen plot threads left dangling in the wind, it was CSI at its most ridiculous. As a fan, I relished every cliche-soaked moment.”

CSI is finally over. A relief certainly to Las Vegas, fictional or otherwise, but a big deal, too. A very big deal, even though when CSI rolls to a final stop, that will hardly be apparent. CSI stopped changing the world and pop culture long ago, or in the last decade, just after Petersen left. In recent seasons, it’s been what the TV trade charitably calls a ‘reliable performer,’ with too many viewers to cancel but not enough to attract lavish network devotion. This isn’t so much a roll to the finish line as a stumble.”

Variety“Granted, a workplace procedural like CSI doesn’t readily and organically lend itself to a big finish in the manner that, say, serialised dramas do. Life – and for the purposes of this particular career path, death – goes on. So give the creative team some credit for seeking a way to make this feel like something approaching a proper sendoff, despite the somewhat clunky and unapologetically sappy nature of it.”

Atlantic“One of America’s most beloved TV shows in recent years, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ended its 15-year run with a feature-length special, ironically titled Immortality … The finale got a respectable 12 million viewers, but was beaten by ABC’s new show Quantico, and barely matched its final season’s average viewership. The finale special mostly functioned as a piece of fan service — the most a network can do for a show that once served as its flagship product.”

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2 Responses to “Critical Condition: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — Immortality”

  1. Loved this show and very sad to see it disappear from our screens.

  2. Final show was very good.

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