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  • A recent episode of CSI: Miami had the characters using a Minority Report-esque holographic interface to watch a video. For some reason, that really bugged me.
    • I think I know what you're talking about, and it's not really meant to be a "holographic" interface, just a glass display panel. Uncommon, but not unreal (There's at least one company that manufactures these for telepresence applications.
    • Custom early version of Microsoft Surface, maybe?
    • What really Bugs Me about CSI: Miami's interfaces is that they're obnoxiously flashy and noisy, and have animated displays with flying letters that appear one at a time. Did the Miami-Dade department think it was worth spending taxpayers' money on Awesome, but Impractical software instead of simple, efficient, quick displays like those used (most of the time) in Vegas or New York? The most galling scenes are where they have their (expensive-looking) room-filling, touch-sensitive transparent displays which show the exact same thing as the giant wall-mounted screens. No wonder it's often nominated for Science Fiction awards...
  • What is it with female CSIs wearing four inch heels (most notably Calleigh) to investigate crime scenes? I know in the UK officers are required to wear reasonable practical shoes, but aren't there similar regulations in the US? Or is this ignored in the interests of fan-service?
    • They're supposed to wear paper "booties," as far as I know. So, the second option.
    • Remember CSIs aren't police officers, but yah, paper booties. They wear them for probably the same reason the cast of Scrubs wears custom hospital scrubs made to look better on TV. They actually do wear the paper booties in a few episodes though.
  • In CSI: Miami, why do Alexx and Calleigh insist on draping their hair over bodies and evidence? Surely that compromises at least some rules and regulations...
    • To say nothing of ew.
      • To which a fanboy would say "You've just been brutally murdered. That makes up for it somewhat".
    • Oh God, I know. None of the ladies ever EVER wear hairnets. I'm juat waiting for a scene where a lab tech says "We found twenty blond hairs on the victim, and they all belong to Catherine."
    • This troper spends at least ten minutes out of every episode flailing and shrieking, "Gloves! Gloves now, picking up a possible murder weapon later!"
    • This actually happened in one of the more recent episodes, when Laurence Fishburne's character showed up for his first day as a CSI. He arrives overdressed in a suit and tie, and is forced to cut the bottom of said tie off and put it into evidence when it becomes contaminated by accidentally touching the victim's corpse while he leans over to examine it.
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  • In the CSI: Miami episode "Collision," the driver of a car is found dead, and there's a dead body in the trunk. Now, they bugger around with little diamond nuggets, paint scratches, and so on in order to try and ID the driver. why on Earth did nobody bother running the VIN of the car to see who it might belong to?
  • One of the first things a diver is taught is to never dive without a buddy just in case of emergencies. It took a good while before Eric Delko started getting any diving partners - for a fair number of episodes, if he's diving to look for evidence, he does it by himself.
  • At the end of "Crime Wave," a whole fleet of Coast Guard and police boats converge on the Big Bad and capture him at sea. This happens just a few hours after a freakin' volcano-spawned hundred-foot tsunami has hit Florida. Why the hell are so many boats being dispatched to round up one murderer, when they should be out searching the coastline and urban flood-zone for civilians swamped by the disaster? How did so many law enforcement boats even survive the tsunami in the first place? With only ten hours' warning, there wouldn't have been time to move them all out of range, whether out to sea or inland on trailers, and still tackle the much more vital task of evacuating the local population.
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  • Why does Horatio wear all black all the time in MIAMI? Is he TRYING to get heat stroke?!
  • At the end of 'Blown Away," the two stormchasers/looters blame each other for the death of the Victim of the Week. However, would it really matter who actually killed the victim? Grand larceny is usually counted as a felony, so the Felony Murder trope should apply, making them both responsible for the victim's death.
    • Yes, both would be charged. However, the one who actually killed the victim would possibly get a harsher/longer sentence.


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