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  • Awesome Music:
    • Technically there's one every episode if you really like The Who's song. 20 to 1, a program where celebrities discuss the top twenty...anything, in this case best TV themes, addressed this. Who Are You brought the band back into the spotlight, by the time New York came around they were set for life and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! makes you wanna go...well, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    • The utterly nonchalant music playing during the climax of "All In" that captures both the utter confusion of the bad guy as to what the hell just happened and how badly the team outclasses him in the end.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Eric/Calleigh romance: the best thing that's ever happened to the show? Or a 'nomance' that's been dragging the show to its grave for years?
    • This show itself for the CSI fandom in general. It was either a great show or the show that was made unwatchable (and made other CSI entries unwatchable) by David Caruso.
  • Cargo Ship: Horatio and the sunglasses.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Crazy Awesome: Once you get over the fact that it's not even trying to be serious business, the show is this. The difficulty in that line of thought is that everything that happens in the show seems to suggest it takes itself VERY SERIOUSLY. Not to mention the marketing...dear god, the marketing...
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  • Critical Research Failure: The episode called "Urban Hellraisers". Yes, the entire episode. An example: Once the team determines that the crooks are basing their crimes on the plot of a video game, they obviously need to determine what happens next in the game's plot. They go to the developer (conveniently located in Miami) who refuses to tell them the game's plot, saying that they will "just have to play the game." Not only is his reasoning that an already-released game's plot is some sort of trade secret patently ridiculous, the writers have clearly never set foot in a video game store, where there is generally an entire wall of Official Strategy Guides proclaiming "All Secrets Revealed!" on the front covers. And apparently CSI Miami-verse has no such thing as online walkthroughs, story guides, or Wikipedia.
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  • Designated Villain: In "Forced Entry," the Sympathetic Murderer of the Asshole Victim rapist. Caine suddenly becomes Lawful Stupid and invokes No Sympathy and What the Hell, Hero? on the former for invoking Vigilante Execution — yet egregiously averts such a reaction for different (read: female) Rape and Revenge-invokers in other episodes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Julia Winston, who appeared in all of seven episodes, yet keeps popping up in the fandom.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Julia, Horatio's secret baby-mama, who doesn't wear a bra and had a neckline steadily lower over the course of a two-parter. Well, she was a Showgirl...
  • Funny Moments:
    • The cast does their best Horatio imitations.
    • David Caruso was also pretty good at taking the mickey out of himself. In this video, he makes jokes about his young daughter not liking the Halloween costume he picked out and the immortal line (while he's having his hair brushed) "In the second half of the day, we turn the wig around." Caruso also loved Jim Carrey's imitation of Horatio.
    • The theme song can lead to some meta-humor: "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a song about political upheaval and regime change, and how the folks who take over tend to be Not So Different from those that came before. A little bit on the nose for a spin-off show which uses bascially the exact same premise as the original. Moreso given that CSI: Miami would not be the last such CSI spinoff, not even counting similar shows like NCIS.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the episode "Blown Away", the team nabs a pair of storm-chasers who have actually been looting homes abandoned by people fleeing an approaching storm and murdered a young woman who interrupted them. In the wake of 2017's Hurricane Irma in Florida, there are reports of people doing precisely the same thing—no violence yet, fortunately.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Grant Gustin appeared in an episode called "Terminal Velocity", and since 2014 he's playing the titular speedster of The Flash (2014). Aditionally, he played twins in that episode, and, in the second season of The Flash, Barry met his Earth-2 counterpart.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Season six finale: Horatio goes to an airport to send his ex-wife and son into hiding, gets shot in the stomach, appears to die on the shiniest tarmac in history. Wolfe gets text: "It's done". Season seven reveals Horatio to have faked his death, Wolfe to be in on it, and it all to be part of a gambit to lure Ron Saris out of hiding...in the space between the first and second commercial breaks.
    • Season nine finale: Horatio appears to get shot in the stomach/side, Natalia gets locked in a car trunk and pushed into the harbor. Season ten premiere: Horatio jumps into the harbor out of nowhere, gets Natalia out of the trunk, incapacitates bad guy...in the space of The Teaser.
  • Memetic Mutation: Looks like it's time for...(puts on sunglasses) the opening sequence. Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh!
  • Narm Charm: Horatio Caine Parks His Car. So Narmy it's TOTALLY AWESOME.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Closer to Simultaneous Recognition: Adam Baldwin got famous playing Jayne on Firefly, but while it was airing and before it had become a cult classic, he was running a radiation response team in a first-season episode of CSI: Miami.
    • Similarly, Kim Coates played recurring villain Ron Saris in seasons six and seven just as he was finally gaining some mainstream recognition as Tig Trager in Sons of Anarchy. Hilariously, there's an episode where he accidentally kills Juice (Theo Rossi)!
    • Colby Granger hit someone with his car during the hurricane evac.
    • Before playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Chris Pine played a murder suspect in "Extreme".
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Calleigh/Horatio, Calleigh/Delko and Calleigh/Ryan fans, mostly, although there was also a smaller one between fans of Natalia/Eric and Natalia/Ryan.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Everything ridiculous about the original CSI, distilled to pure form.
  • The Woobie: Even fans that don't like him admit that when Ryan puts on the Puppy-Dog Eyes they have the intense urge to just hug him and reassure him everything will be okay. Especially given how the show liked to beat him up - throwing him into a hurricane and getting him shot with a nail gun, among other instances.
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