History Series / CSI

28th Aug '16 6:04:50 AM JoeG
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* TheInternetIsForCats: Dr. Robbins appears in one episode laughing at internet cat memes.
20th Aug '16 2:05:38 AM HarryLovesHermione
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''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' (sometimes unofficially referred to as ''CSI: Las Vegas'' when differentiating the shows in the franchise, mostly abroad where ''CSI: Miami'' made the franchise popular) is a highly successful TV show (2000-2015) about a group of graveyard-shift crime scene investigators in UsefulNotes/LasVegas led originally by enigmatic scientist Gil Grissom, then, following his departure, by ex-stripper and single mother Catherine Willows, and now, by quirky scientist DB Russell. Initially touted as a show where the evidence was the main character and the actual characters were little more than flat stereotypes with "quirks" added almost as an afterthought, the series has progressed over its thirteen seasons to make the characters a little more rounded and include more of their personal lives and histories in the story lines. It has also moved on from a fairly straightforward forensics approach to more high-tech approaches that aren't necessarily possible in real life, requiring some degree of suspension of disbelief from the viewer. CSI runs into the Road of Trials (Part of Hero's Journey) many time throughout the series. CSI as a forensic/ mystery show has continued for many years, holding on very strongly and getting more interesting as time goes by.

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''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' (sometimes unofficially referred to as ''CSI: Las Vegas'' when differentiating the shows in the franchise, mostly abroad where ''CSI: Miami'' made the franchise popular) is a highly successful TV show (2000-2015) about a group of graveyard-shift crime scene investigators in UsefulNotes/LasVegas led originally by enigmatic scientist Gil Grissom, then, following his departure, by ex-stripper and single mother Catherine Willows, and now, finally, by quirky scientist DB Russell. Initially touted as a show where the evidence was the main character and the actual characters were little more than flat stereotypes with "quirks" added almost as an afterthought, the series has progressed over its thirteen seasons to make the characters a little more rounded and include more of their personal lives and histories in the story lines. It has also moved on from a fairly straightforward forensics approach to more high-tech approaches that aren't necessarily possible in real life, requiring some degree of suspension of disbelief from the viewer. CSI runs into the Road of Trials (Part of Hero's Journey) many time throughout the series. CSI as a forensic/ mystery show has continued for many years, holding on very strongly and getting more interesting as time goes by.
2nd Aug '16 1:41:29 AM foxley
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* BadGuysPlayPool: Very prominent in "Dead Rails", where the CSI team investigates the murder of a pool hustler.
22nd Jul '16 9:33:06 PM foxley
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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: A extreme example occurs in "Ending Happy". The [=CSIs=] are investigating RasputinianDeath of boxer Lorenzo 'Happy' Gonzales, and discover a bizarre chain of events where the multiple murder attempts ended interfering with each other. The drugged-up ex-boxer passes out on his favorite prostitute's bed, and is injected with snake venom by her and an accomplice. His boss's wife is fed shrimp by his boss, in order to trigger Happy's allergy when they hook up, causing his throat to swell. He's then shot through the throat with a crossbow by one of the people who injected him with snake venom, allowing him to breathe again. He figures out what the prostitute did and goes back to her room angry, and she hits him with a crowbar. Then he staggers off to rest on a chair by the brothel's swimming pool, and leans over to pick up a cigarette. The chair collapses under his weight and drops him into the pool, wherein he finally drowns.
15th Jun '16 10:36:08 AM TheCheshireCat
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** "Toe Tags", which had the stories told from the corpses' perspective, like they were ghosts.

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** "Toe Tags", which had the stories told from the corpses' perspective, like they were ghosts. The cases themselves are normal, though; the supernatural elements are just a framing device.
6th Jun '16 9:28:31 PM Sullivan
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Often. Example: In "The Theory of Everything", Catherine asks Hodges to use his cyanide-sensitive nose at a crime scene: "Now, get down and sniff the rug." Hodges, with a wry smile: "That's all they ever want."
6th Jun '16 10:54:24 AM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) up himself in his spare time) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.
6th Jun '16 10:53:19 AM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.
** It gets to the point where, after a conversation Dominic clearly doesn't realize is actually an interrogation, Grissom openly says he can't tell if the guy is a mastermind playing them or "just crazy."
** The answer comes when [[spoiler: Dominic dies stopping a bomb from going off in a school and the team realize he really was a hero trying to help them out.]]
25th May '16 3:36:30 PM HamburgerTime
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* AccidentalMurder: One episode features an accident ''made to look like'' a murder. A three-year-old boy accidentally suffocates his infant brother while playing with him, and to prevent the little boy from having to live down this act all his life the parents and their oldest son concoct an elaborate fake kidnapping-murder scheme that manages to fool the [=CSIs=] for most of the episode. But the whole thing comes apart when [[JustOneLittleMistake they manage to trace the "ransom note" to the family's own printer]].



* AdultFear: One episode had two boys who went missing and the main suspect is a pedophile. It didn't help when the team had to enlist his help to try to find the boys and he began to [[NightmareFuel describe in detail]] to Grissom how he would lure a child to him by gaining their trust. Another suspect was one of the boys' abusive grandfather. Imagine you were the father of that man, forced to leave your son with him because the grandfather was the only one available to look after your son. And failed.

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* AdultFear: One episode had two boys who went missing and the main suspect is a pedophile. It didn't help when the team had to enlist his help to try to find the boys and he began to [[NightmareFuel describe in detail]] to Grissom how he would lure a child to him by gaining their trust. Another suspect was one of the boys' abusive grandfather. Imagine you were the father son of that man, forced to leave your son with him because the grandfather was the only one available to look after your son. And failed. [[spoiler: The pedophile did it]].
24th May '16 3:17:23 PM HamburgerTime
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* WhamLine: From the infamous Season 1 episode "Blood Drops:"
-->'''Tina Collins:''' I learned to deal. But when [[AbusiveParents he]] went for my ''[[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo daughter]]''--
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