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Quincy, M.E. may have predated CSI by a decade or two, but they really do share a certain TV style....
Shout! Factory / 1050 Minutes / 1979-1980 / Unrated / Street Date: March 19, 2013
The materials Quincy uses on this DVD set seem like caveman tools compared to the stuff CSI and its six thousand spin-offs utilize in today’s television market. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Quincy (played with tough love by Jack Klugman) certainly appears to employ state-of-the-art tools of the trade as he solves mysteries, yet while I’m no professional, I’d imagine that a forensic pathologist of 1979 and a forensic pathologist of 2013 have very different ways of doing things.
Or maybe it’s just that technology has allowed everything to speed up in today’s world. In any case, this lack of computer-driven crime-solving actually works in Quincy’s favor: instead of sitting around and making small talk while waiting for million-dollar machines to burp out test results, our protagonist here is always on the scene, searching for bad guys. Hell, the dude even tries to take a vacation but can’t actually go through with it because there are simply too many murders left unsolved.
Newcomers might not find an ocean of intrigue on this Quincy, M.E.: Season 5 DVD release, but viewers who have been busy watching crime dramas for the last few decades might get a kick out of going back to this L.A.-based show. Klugman is tailor-made for the part, and while at the end of the day, I suppose it’s fair to say that the mysteries here are cut from the same cloth as twenty other mystery-oriented shows, but it’s still pretty fun to watch Dr. Quincy nail bad guys.