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CSI: NY - The Final Season: DVD Review

Jul 29th, 2013

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Gary Sinise and his solid crime drama say "Adios" in wonderful crime drama fashion....

CSI: NY: The Fifth Season - DVD

Paramount / 737 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: June 25, 2013

CSI: NY - The Final Season showcases the series as wonderfully enjoyable as it's ever been – for a while, this thing was pretty much the best cat-and-mouse detective show on the air. For those not fully versed in its long standing in the boob tube world, here Gary Sinise plays Mac Taylor, a Big Apple detective in charge of a crackerjack team of forensic experts who use their trillion-dollar equipment to get to the bottom of a series of grisly crimes that no other department at NYPD wants to touch with a ten foot pole.

in addition to that, though, this Final Season set takes some interesting gambles. First and foremost, our beloved protagonist has more than a little trouble readjusting to the rigors of simply being alive. At the end of the show’s eighth season, the dude got shot in a particularly gnarly fashion, and as this TV-on-DVD set unfolds, he can’t quite get used to it. There are complications, frustrations, and new physical limitations manifested by this development, and while he’s still able to solve crimes while he suffers, this scenario adds some intense depth to these endgame CSI:NY episodes.

Speaking of this, much of the credit of this season's success rests solely on Sinise. He brings to his performance the kind of stoic, serious gravitas that usually plays as being over-the-top and cheesy in the mainframe of network TV. Where David Caruso’s CSI: Miami figurehead showcases the innate desire of a man trying to make up for the sins of his past, Sinise seems almost hell-bent on trying to make the best out of the now of CSI: NY. This is a fine victory lap of a DVD set for a show that was steady, enjoyable, and lived-in around every dramatic turn. We’ll miss you, Mac – take care…

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