I admire the success of the CSI franchise on TV. When the original CSI first aired, it blew the doors off the competition. It introduced viewers to the idea of Crime Scene Investigation, many for the first time seeing it as a profession within a profession. Ignore the requisite suspension of disbelief, it was just “new”. Somewhat original. A whole series about crime scenes and forensics, not on the margins of the investigation but driving it. And like Law & Order, it spawned new generations.
CSI: Miami went the opposite way to the original CSI in Las Vegas. Where Gil Grissom was quiet, unassuming, laid back, the consummate geek in charge, Lt. Horatio Caine played by David Caruso was just the opposite. Vegas moonlight gave way to Miami sunlight. And those cheesy, over the top, groan inducing squints into the camera at the start of every episode, followed by a quip and putting the sun glasses back on. » Read the rest