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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  • 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.