CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 24

Grave Danger (1)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 19, 2005 on CBS

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  • Um, Quentin, buddy-- You know we all saw Kill Bill Vol. 2, right?

    Am I the only one who realizes he took a story point from his own movie and made a show around it?

    Sure it has its differences, specifically the second part, but its still the same premise, and an awfully bad idea for them to do.

    It's a shame it's taken the top spot as best-rated episode when its far from the best.

    It's also a shame Tarrantino, a filmmaker known for his creativity and ingenuity, came to tv to make his most unoriginal work to date.
  • I enjoyed this episode, but...

    I enjoyed this episode, however I felt that some of it was over the top. This past season of CSI has had some standout episodes, but more and more it seems that, rather than come up with original ideas, (perhaps the writers have run out?) they are taking ideas they can play for shock value. I find that sad.
    I love the idea of a high-profile \'guest director\'. It worked wonderfully in Season 3 of The Shield, when David Mamet directed the episode \'Strays\'. It was tight, well-directed, and very skillful. They chose an excellent guest director. My opinion is that Quentin Tarantino is slightly too sensational for TV. When I use the word sensational, I don\'t mean it in the sense of \'great\' or \'wonderful\'. I mean it in the sense of taking an idea and sensationalizing it so people will say \"Hey, this is the episode where you see someone get autopsied alive! Cool!\" I felt that this took credibility away from the show. I find it slightly harder to take them seriously after farce like that. I am aware that CSI deals with much grotesque and graphic subject matter. This goes along with the theme of the show. However, they don\'t, as a rule, play it for laughs, or encourage the audience to take pleasure in the misery of the characters, whether one of the main characters, or a weekly victim. That\'s what this scene, and several other parts of this episode, did, and I didn\'t enjoy that. I understand that it was meant to be irreverent...that\'s how Tarantino works. But I just found it to be tasteless.
    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed at least half of this episode, and I'm not going to go into detail and mention everything I *did* like, it's far easier for me to point out what I didn't, since in my mind, it stood out so starkly. While I will definitely continue to watch CSI next season, as I have in the past, the show has lost a few points of class with this episode.
  • what was the big fuss?

    When I saw the ad for this episode I thought, “Cool, a CSI with a Quentin Tarantino angel”. But sadly no. I don’t know what made this one so “Quentin Tarantino” different, apart from the dream scene. I have to say I’ve never seen a Quentin Tarantino movie and haven’t watched a episode of CSI since season 1 but, I mean if you compare Die Another Day to any other Bond movie you can see Lee Tamahori style of direction, this just seemed like another CSI episode.
  • Good start for season-final

    This double-bill was definatly worth the wait, first of all i thought that nick was going to be kidnapped in the middle of the episoide not at the begaining which was a surprise to me. Anyway i do have one problem how comes they was only 1 cop on scene i mean in every case of CSI there's always been a minimum of 2 cops. That was one of holes in this episoide. Still evdience bag has yellow tag, common sense Nick should of called the cop.

    The first part just set the scene to see Nick suffer but Warrick could of been it, question is which one would u lot prefer Nick or Warrick, i think it was a good choice to take nick because he is shorter. i thought it was nice that kidnapper gave him a gun and lights. The webcam thing was really sinster i mean how could you watch that, good thing is that CSI knew he was alive. The fan thing was brillant.

    Enter Grissom team, it's been a while since the whole team were together, we could see how it had affected him, Catrine father giving her the money, this shows how strong CSI relationship with each other, All the team were emotional about this which showed good acting. Grissom goes to meet kidnapper and what happend next was reason why this double-bill was cancelled next week.

    Gosh I really felt as if i was in that box with Nick - it was sooooooo small - it was awful! I just wanted him out of there! Mind you if you suffer from claustophobia this is not for you as it was so realistic - I really felt for Nick and for the others CSI's who were watching the live feed they had into the box - as here in the UK we are way behind I am looking forward to watching the concluding episode in the next 2 days!!!!! Lucy
  • Simply outstanding. Had me watching for the entire two hours.

    What a way to end the season. This episode, is a tad bit more character driven, than actual crime solving, but still remains one of the best episodes. This episode shows the closeness that these investigators have for each other, and for them to come together to save their own, was simply great for viewing. We learn a little bit more about Nick's personal life, and his family. The friendship that Warrick and Nick have is clearly shown. Catherine shows how she is willing to swallow her pride for a friend, when she asks her father to provide the ransom money. Grissom displays amazing leadership, and it takes the combined effort of everyone to save Nick from certain death.
  • A brilliant episode from a legendary director!

    This episode could not be any more4 classic Tarantino. Everything from the film style to actual scenes is clearly recognisable. The mortuary scene is a primary example of this filmed in a Kill Bill style black and white due to the excessive amounts of blood and ‘gore’. Many would say this is a bad thing but me, well, I can’t agree – watch now if u can stomach it!
  • One of the amazingly good episodes of CSI!

    They did an amazing job with this episode! You really saw the character developing (?). In Nick's case you really saw the emotion very good, but you could see that on everybody's faces. I especially liked the part when got the tape from the kidnapper. It was really good. Not just 'Grave Danger (1)' was good, but part 2 was fantastic too. But from the beginning you already knew in the back of your head, he wasn't going to die. He was too important for the show. I loved the way Warrick expresed himself, when he found out what happend to Nick at the crime scene. He realized that he could be buried alive.
    I just loved the episode!
  • Very edge of your seat!

    I love this episode a lot
    As do everybody else on this board
    Poor Nick as he is subjected to a kidnapping
    Only to be buried alive
    And with several hours left to go
    Before he dies with limited amounts of oxygen
    As well as bugs and rats to go with it
    The team, which has been separated into two groups
    Now reunited to save their friend and colleague's life
    And try to keep him stil and calm
    Despite the situation he is under!
  • What a great display of emotion across the board!!!

    CSI has always been about the cases. Within each episode, though, we learn a little more about the characters who devote a substantial amount of their lives on examining evidence and finding the "truth." With this episode, we begin to see just how involved these characters are with one another, just how much they have invested in both their work and personal relationships. The pain on their faces...the pressure they felt to find him. What stands out, though, as it should is the amazing performance by Eads. I was impressed from beginning to end with his portrayal of Nick going through those five stages, from denial to anger to acceptance. The fear...I could feel it off the television screen. He has showcased his abilities on this show and has presented the audience with an empathetic Nick but here we see his range grow wider. Let's also say that Tarantino did a great job with this two parter. Although you knew a main character wouldn't be killed off (there was no contract talk), suspense was key throughout the two-parter.
  • Nick Stokes is kiddnaped and buried alive, with all the team dropping other cases to find him.

    A amazing episode.
    Quentin Tarantino did this programme good.
    Not alot of blood which should have had its part - look at Tarantino\'s episode of ER.
    This episode shows the true relationships between work friend and how they care for their friends.
    George Eads did a great job in this episode.
    Overall - best episode ever - best episode from any show i have seen in years.
  • CSI Nick Stokes is kidnapped and the team only has a couple of hours to save him before he dies.

    This has to be one of the most exciting episodes in the entire series run. When you think that everything is coming into place, it suddenly gets turned around. And when they find Nick's vest and the sealed cup you know that nothing looks like it seems. And when the team is sent to live video link to Nick's "casket" and when they are watching him it made me want to cry. I especially felt bad when Warrick opend his locker and he saw the quarter that sent Nick to his fate. All in all this is one of the most captivating episodes.
  • This episode is an exercise in cruelty. Quentin devises a scenario intended not only to torture Nick’s friends but the viewer as well.

    This episode definitely has Quentin Tarantino stamped all over it. Nice to see fresh blood brought in, the series has gotten stale of late.

    Nice little character moments, intended for nothing more than character building, add greatly to the episode. Greg and Hodges, Nick and Warrick. Sam and his friends. It was an illuminating moment for Hodges when he grabbed the package from the messenger, more emotion than we’ve ever seen from him. For once not the unfeeling sarcastic Hodges, he actually proves he cares. Nicely done, subtle.

    The bait setup was well done, specifically aiming at a CSI, not a cop. From the way the whole thing went down, the guy wanted them to suffer – watching Nick in the coffin, the guy blowing himself up without saying where Nick is, the things the guy said – this is someone with a serious grudge against CSIs. It was obvious he never thought they’d get the money, he clearly knows both legal and criminalist procedures. It was never about the money, it was like in Psycho – a diversion, a way to keep them busy at something they couldn’t get, a way of making them believe they’d get Nick back. It was false hope and especially cruel, this guy has a lot of hate in him. It will be interesting to find out what made him this way.

    Watching Nick on a monitor like this is just cruel, a way to torture his friends and family. Knowing you’re helpless and can only watch, seeing Nick’s terror, watching him fight then see him surrender, it’s very hard to watch. It’s also interesting that Nick’s gun was left, but somehow I don’t think that was mercy, I think it was just another way to torture those watching, in case he gave in and killed himself. Imagine watching that.

    An excellent, fresh episode, rich in emotion and tension. The perfect season closer, which will have far-reaching effects.
  • A marvellous episode that glues you to the set.

    With Tarantino as a director you cannot really end up with a bad episode. And the last two episodes of CSI's 5th season really proves that to be true. In this special two-part episode one of the CSIs, Nick Stokes, is kidnapped and buried alive. The CSI team desperately fights against time as they try to get their hands at every piece of information about the kidnapper - and the possible location where Stokes is buried.

    Tarantino has given this episode a little extra and reveals something interesting of almost everyone of the regular CSIs. After all, they all have their unique characteristics - outside the lab as well.
  • Fantastic!

    WOW what a episode. This was one of the best of all the seasons. I can't wait for the next episode to see how it concludes.

    It was good to see how everyone comes together to try and solve it. A emotion filled episode.

    I like how CSI is starting to deal more personally with the characters,
  • Very exciting episode

    This was one of the great episodes of CSI. It was heartpound to me. I hated that it was a two part but it made it even more exciting. Didn't really think anyone would kidnapp a CSI guy but it made for a great drama, stuff like this is exactly why i watch the show. The kidnapper was smart that really made it exiciting, deffinitly worth watching more than once. It was really emotionally charge to see everyone work together like that and you see how much they felt for Nick in thier faces which made it even better. Its no wonder why Quention Tarrentino won an award for it.
  • The best episode of the whole series!

    It was so exiting! the twists and turns could make a person dizzy! I could almost jump when things happened. My heart couldn't stop beating. I absolutely loved this episode! I also love it when one of the main characters get kidnapped or wounded. It was just incredible.

    And I love how it effects the rest of the show. After this episode, Nick would be terrified of small spaces and insects. Thuis might sound evil, but it's so interesting when a character has a phobia but still has to face it!
  • I think this was one of the best eps od CSI to date

    this ep was one of the best i have ever seen and i have seen most of them..... it brought out a different side of each person. But did anyone else notice that a lot of things seem to happen to "Nick" maybe the wrighters will givehim a break soon. I think tarantino did a really good job on this ep and i hope he directs another ep of CSI but i think he should use a different person.
  • Wow, what more can I say? C.S.I needed this uplift...

    Quentin Tarantino did a VERY good job with this episode! In three words I'd describe it as: A fresh breeze, Unusual and Breathtaking... A fresh breeze: I think that perhaps the serie had become a little predictable, I mean the crimes had similar themes in every episode so the Grave Danger episodes was a welcome change.
    Unusual: Sure, there have been episodes where one in "the gang" has been exposed to some kind of personal problem or crime (like Cathrine and her daughter and Warrick and his gambling problems. But that they chose Nick to be the one to get burried alive, was to me a little bit unexpected.
    Breathtaking: They acctualy had the guts to almost kill one of the staff. (Of course we all knew he wasn't gonna die, but for one second there, when they were looking for him, I almost thought that he was going to die.)
    This is what C.S.I's all about!!!
  • A good episode, but not the best.

    Nick Stokes gets abducted and buried alive, the criminal buries him in a clear coffin, enabling him to see the dirt. Every two minutes, the CSIs back at the lab can turn on the hidden video camera, an object about which Nick has no knowledge, which activates the lights, giving him less and less air everytime because they are using the lights to take up most of the battery. Catherine Willows goes to her father and talks him into giving her one million dollars to use to pay for Nick's ransom. Grissom brings the money, but the criminal blows himself up before revealing the location. A good episode, with two of Hollywood's finest from the 1950s (Tony Curtis and Frank Gorshin, better known as the Riddler from Batman from 1966).
  • Tarantino does us proud. It's very much his style, but it's still a CSI episode and one that takes us to places we don't want to go.

    Some SPOILERS might follow.

    Nick is called out to a scene where body parts have been found. All seems very routine until he's kidnapped!

    Everyone else is called out to find his abductor, but the guy has a very bizarre motive and has buried Nick in a glass coffin with an internet feed so that his friends can see his suffering.

    Tarantino has described himself as a fan of the show and it's good that he keeps the tone of the show real, whilst putting his own very distinctive mark on it (witness the Dukes of Hazzard game, the very odd attorney representing the guy who picked up the package, the Trigger certificate - lots of stuff that might not have made it into CSI lore without QT.)

    At the same time, it's a story that would enthrall audiences anyway - and the reactions of the different characters are well played out - especially when it becomes obvious that Nick has been taken simply because he's the one who responded to the call out. So it could have been any of them.

    The ending to the episode is also unusual. Catherine does the unthinkable in many ways, by asking her (murderer) father for money, Grissom does the drop off, but the bomber has other things in mind. I think it would have been better if we'd just seen the building blow up and not known whether Grissom was okay at the end, as a cliffhanger, but knowing that the one link to Nick, that they don't even know yet, is gone, is pretty good.
  • *WARNING SPOILERS* Nick stokes is kidnapped after going on a case with body parts. he is buried alive

    From beginning to end (that includes grave danger episode 2)
    This episode is my favourite. i have seen it so many times i even have it on dvd but i always cry at the end when they find nick. I think George Eads is very good in this episodes. He has immense acting skills and is very talented. All in all i love the determination from his fellow csi's to find him and save him. They are all willing to get him safe. the bit with the suicide bomber, (i am watching this as i write. grissom is with the bomber!) i thaught was really random and a big turn in the episode. apparently this episode was due to air just after the london bombings but obviously didnt. the first time i watched it i was crying saying "find nick please!" i am 14 and i collect csi and i hope to write many more reveiws.

    p.s. i was so sad to hear about steve irwins death. we'll miss you steve.
  • Best episode I have ever seen. This episode had it all, and the cast gave their best performances ever.

    This episode will go down in the books as the GREATEST episode EVER. The surprise and suspense that you felt from the moment Nick is kidnapped the end of the first hour when they leave off with the cliffhanger of a dog in the box. It just kept your nerves on end, and kept the viewer at the edge of their seat not wanting to miss a single second. You could feel the helplessness the rest of the team and Nick's parents felt watching Nick on the computer screen while they couldn't do anything but wait for the kidnapper to contact them again, or until they got the results from the evidence.
  • Nick is kidnapped and buried alive. He is left with a tape recorder and a…gun.

    Wow what an episode and under the direction of Tarantino this CSI episode stands above all the rest. This episode has it all: writing, acting, camera work, direction, and heart. When the rest of the team realizes Nick is missing they all jump together to help bring him home.

    When a tape is delivered to the lab the team realizes all they can do…is watch. We see the story from both perspectives: the torment that Nick goes though and heart wrenching torment the team goes through. I am still not sure which one was worse.

    Overall a great episode, I am pretty sure this could be the best CSI to date!
  • Nick is kidnapped & the whole team come together to find him.

    Nick is kidnapped & the whole team come together to find him.

    The fact that the kidnapper wasn't after a certain member of the team was what made this episode so special & amazing. It could have been Warrick if he lost the couin toss, or Catherine had she chosen to take that case, or anyone from Grissoms team if it was during the graveyard shift.

    It was an emotional episode, especially when they were watching the live feed of Nick in the coffin, the looks on their faces, especially Sara & Catherine who both had tears in their eyes. You can see how much they really care for each other. Especially when Catherine swallowed her pride & went to her father for the money to get Nick back.

    One of the best episodes this season & a great finale.
  • Nick is kidnapped and the rest of the team must find him

    I\'ve been looking forward for this episode for quite some time. And I was one the edge of my seat during the intire episode.
    All the angst from not only Nick, but from everyone involved.
    A tearjerking episode that took your breath away, and left with this question. How will he coop?
    that is what I\'m askign myself at least.
    But I absololutely loved this show
  • Exactly why I watch this series!!

    This was such a good episode!! It was very exciting! But ofcourse it was good...who wrote it? Quentin Tarantino..who else!!?!!!
    You need to see this episode! But watch it with someone!! I think the actors really performed well in this episode, but then again..they always do!!!!! :)
    Hope Tarantino comes back to CSI!
  • This episode was riveting right to the end.

    This episode was a thrill to watch and captivating. It shows that even CSI guys have got to watch each others backs or there is no telling what might happen. It also showed how they all care about each other and are there when they are needed. My family has always enjoyed CSI and we cannot wait to see what happens next.
  • TV at its best!!!

    I totally, absolutely LOVED this episode. Well, nothing less could be expected when the best show on TV is being written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Everything about this episode was absolutely great... the plot, the writing, the setting, the directing and of course... the acting! Everyone was amazing through out the whole episode, specially, of course, George Eads. What I really loved about it, was that it had everything on it, I actually laugh, scream, cry... everything! Now, onto the big director... Tarantino demostrated that he actually IS a huge CSI fan... you could tell that he has seen every episode, just because of the fact that he introduced a lot of the characters\' personal facts on it (Grissom\'s facination with bugs and his ability to read lips, Catherine\'s father,...). He also introduced a lot of his movie\'s characteristics on it (camera angles, first shots, camera going around in circles,...). Overall, the whole episode was amazing, definitely CSI\'s best, and I\'m sure, as a CSI fanatic and a Tarantino fan, that both CSI and Tarantino fans loved it. Let\'s just hope for a Grave Danger vol.3!!! hahaha.
  • Poor little Nicky! Nobody saw it coming...

    The whole episode based around Nick. Now that hardly ever happens. Obviously Nick is my favorite character. He is so cute and even though his jokes are never funny, I still love him anyway.
    This whole episode I cried so much! It is so sad. George Eads played Nick so well this time. It must have been so hard but I give him a big pat on the back for his performance. He really made people believe he wasn't going to make it to next season. I'm so glad though that he's fine!
    I don't think that Grissom should have acted like that. He was the only person who wasn't sad or shocked by what was happening to Nick. When he was watching all the clips, he was almost smiling. That disterbed me heaps.
    Overall though this episode was great! One of the best ever CSI episodes!
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