CSI: Partial Family Reunion

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I don’t know if it’s the special effects, the videography, the impossible yet impossibly-cool gadgets, the edgey setting in the sin capital of the world, the characters, the bizarre cases or the music but CSI has a special hold on me. It’s been a slight decline since Grissom left the team but it’s still like that crash accident that you want to look away from but can’t help by fixated on. Locksley even reminded me how the cliffhanger for the end of last season was Laurence Fishburne‘s character shooting someone. This pales in comparison to how they left us wanting more in previous seasons. Not to mention the lack of a big case that the team had to follow through several episodes.

I’m conflicted on how they slowly introduced Laurence Fishburne’s character into the team when William Peterson left his on-screen role. Although top billed, he wasn’t immediately the new leader of the team, which is a good thing. But this meant that more time had to be spent developing the Dr Ray Langston character. With the departure of several cast members and the time focussed on Langston, I can’t help but feel the previous season was time just spent getting to know him. Now that we know him well enough, hope we continue to learn about the rest of the team.

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Liz Vassey fans would be pleased as she’s getting credited with the rest of the cast at the opening titles. Hope this means she’d get a bigger role and we’ll get to see more development between her character and Hodges.

Previously on Fringe…

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Fringe returns soon and I simply can’t wait. I picked up Fringe simply because it was highly rated and boy did it become the show I started to look forward to each week. There is definitely the likeness to the X-Files but I think Fringe has its own kind of charm.

What drew me most are the characters. How can anyone not like Walter Bishop? All 3 main characters are vastly different and they really grew on me as I watched them evolve through last season. Some people critique the lack of character development but it just makes me want to learn more about them. Hopefully more will be revealed about the more mysterious characters such as Broyles, Nina Sharp and of course William Bell.

I think J.J. Abrams has learnt his lesson well from Lost. Fringe is episodic so that you don’t need to watch every single episode to make sense of it but if you’ve been loyally following the series, you’d get to appreciate the overarching plot. I think more importantly, each case is so different and makes such a major visual and mental impact, they are all special in their own way.

As TV season returns, I’d write more about each series. Been putting it off since last TV season ended. :P

PS: You can watch Fringe on MediaCorp 5 at 10pm Mondays.