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3...2...1...back to LJ Land.

Wow, I have a list of discussion topics about a mile long...be catching up on those as quick as I can.  Starting where I left off on Thursday, with CSI: FANTASTIC. I have no idea why so many people are dragging it down, because I thought it was one of the most amazing episodes of the season, even of the series.

Or perhaps I just have a thing about remorseless killers preying on young women, since I spent much of the time going "eenie, meenie, minie, moe, Sweet Jane, Empty Eyes, Sweet Jane, Empty Eyes..."

There aren't many episodes where I'm drawn into the crime scene, where I practically forget it's all just a show, because it's just so compelling. My first thought was "Blood Drops." Not since Blood Drops - season 1 - has a crime scene been set up so hauntingly, with the whole team involved, and the whole team clearly affected. Well, I suppose there have been, but nothing else is coming quite so strongly to mind. Then, of course, there's the fact that it was a Sara episode, and in my opinion her episodes tend to resonate soundly.

A List of Things I Liked
-The way they cut the teaser, interspersing flashbacks of earlier in the night to the present sweep of the rooms.
-While I am sure there are some people who will claim it bad form to joke in a room containing a brutalized body, I still get to say the "my date got canceled/I'm sure he had a good excuse" exchange was completely adorable.
-Finding Cammie under the bed - how in an instant Sara went from sharp and on the alert to completely dropping her flashlight and reaching her hand under the bed, using the most reassuring tone of voice I've ever heard from her.
-Along with that, Grissom's face upon rushing into the room, and the hint of panic in his voice.
-The victims seemed more sympathetic than usual this week. Forget all the idiots in "Fallen Idols" - these girls, it seemed particularly
-Nick being all supportive! "It was good that you were there for her, Sara." I forget how much I love Nick. His hair is slowly improving, too. But superficial things aside, I really do like how he caught her distraction, and knew she needed to hear from someone else, have it reinforced, that even though the victim died, she had done everything she possibly could for her.

Bah, I keep writing paragraphs anyway...might as well abandon my attempt at "list format." There are, after all, at least a few topics I don't plan to start with "I liked/loved." Eventually.

I love how, just in case Sara isn't your cup of tea, they tossed in a bit of angsty continuity (and/or foreshadowing) for Greg, poor boy, with the city paying off the lawsuit against him. I'm actually not quite sure why he's so upset, though - to me, paying it off would seem like a way to put it behind him. Okay, you got burned, but at least it's not going to drag on and on for months. Like Grissom said, it's "political pragmatism" - they're cutting their losses. It's not money YOU have to pay, is it? Thought that's what your personal suit was for. Go worry about that. Anyway.
And even more than Greg, there was a bone for Warrick. In addition to the manipulative sorrowful piano music, I think my heart was ready to break when he recognized the showgirl.  The nice contrast between Archie's smirking "figures you'd know a showgirl" and Warrick's quiet "The last time I saw her, she was in braces" = definition of poignant.  And I very much enjoyed him talking to the girl's grandmother.  Very nicely played scene, though I could have done without her scream. 

I refuse to comment positively on Hodges' bit of angst acting, because it was the only scene I fast-forwarded. I found it a waste of screen time. No, I'm not just mad that it kills my "Hodges is the MCSK" fantasy a few weeks ahead of schedule, although there is that. I simply see no need to develop his character after what, 4 or 5 seasons of him being varying levels of odd to annoying to downright unlikable? If I was supposed to suddenly feel sorry for him and his eye-opening, sobering experience, it fell quite flat. Why did he even pick up the phone, anyway? I wish CSI would find a better star lab rat, the way Miami has Valera.

I dunno where else to put it, so I suppose now is as good a time as any to point out that Catherine had exactly two scenes, and they were so brief I barely even noticed her. Hee, hee, hee.

Also giggled at Sara's furious "son of a bitch" rant. I like her when she's all worked up into an ire. Sex, Lies and Larvae anyone? Her temper occasionally gets the best of her, which is why it's nice to have Grissom on the side, all whooaaaaa, slow down. "One step at a time." All right, I really want to be done with this review, so I'm skipping to the end scene. Oh, end scene.

I've been stalling on this post for days because I can't get enough of that scene, though I think I liked the original script version better, ending on an embrace. Yes, there is a particular intimacy in wiping a loved one's tears; that's why it's way up high on my Checklist of Cute. The unspoken Rule of Cuteness, however, is that one uses one's thumb, not knuckle, to do so. Knuckle = hard. Thumb = soft. See the difference there? And since the thumb only works if you're facing the other person, in this particular setup, with Grissom standing behind/slightly to the side, a comforting hug would have worked so much better.

Not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy this ending. The numbed quality in her voice, forcing herself to come to terms with it - just about broke my heart.  (In subsequent viewings, I still squirm every time I watch her get in the ambulance with the killer.  It's a horribly squicky thing just to watch, and I can very much understand how much worse it is for her, to have done it.) In addition to that, Sara cries very pretty tears, and I liked her little nudge toward his hand when he wiped the one away.  It took me a couple of viewings to realize he doesn't say a single word; he doesn't have to, it's all about the eye contact.  Underscores what I think is a very subtle and developed relationship.  And, of course, there was the last moment, walking her out with his hand on her back.  *purrs* Okay, this scene is officially high on my list of GSR moments.  I think it's coming in second, losing only to the handhold from "Nesting Dolls."
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Numb3rs: Pandora's Box
Why, hello Agent Edgerton. I do so enjoy it when you drop by. Not.

As soon as I saw him, I thought this episode was going to be terrible (because he's smug and smarmy and slimy), and I was so very tempted to just spin through it looking for character development Charlie/Amita scenes. Luckily I didn't, not only because there weren't any to speak of*, but because then I would have missed Colby Caring! It was like discovering a whole new character.

Hello, Colby Granger. Have we met? I was sure I was well acquainted with all men capable of sporting the Eyes of Compassion, but I must have missed you along the way.  And were you always this hot? I always got the impression that you were sort of pudgy and clumsy, but then I stopped to really look at you, and it seems you are actually quite well muscled, albeit with a disturbingly thick neck. But that really doesn't matter since you are so remarkably skilled at sympathizing that I was tempted to swoon.

What started out as Colby clearly appreciating an attractive woman came to an effective halt as soon as she mentioned that the dead ranger was her husband, and from then on he was nothing but sympathetic.  (empathetic?  I know the difference, I do, but when it comes time to use one or the other, the meanings seem interchangeable) He was all sensitive and supportive and caring and...I know.  It sounds weird, but I swear it's true.  Okay, I can talk about other things in this ep.  Really.

[* = After reading the recaps, it turns out I apparently missed the reference that if Charlie notices how Amita locks her doors, he's probably staying overnight.  Win!  See, nobody needs dirty scenes, we can have subtle references rolled up in cute quips.   I may have failed to get the message on my own, but at least I enjoyed the fact that Charlie called it "cute."  Despite the fact that in context he was being rather patronizing, it still makes me smile.]

I chuckled at Edgerton's "that oughtta make me #3" line at the end.  And also earlier, when Charlie chucked his bran muffin on the ground as a visual demonstration of his mathy techniques (even though I am beginning to get moderately annoyed by the way Charlie is always snatching other people's food without asking.  SOMEBODY missed the kindergarten lesson about respecting other people's property).  But that's all the good I can say about Edgerton.  As for the villian of the week...

OI! IT'S CLAVO CRUUUUZ! If that wasn't a sign from the universe telling me to sit my ass down and work on my story, I don't know what is. Oh, I guess his name wasn't Clavo Cruz in this episode, but I'm calling him that anyway.  The actor's really quite good at playing the evil guy.  And I was actually glad to see him, since it helped partially erase my memory of Clavo as a sniveling little wimp with daddy issues being gunned down on the crime lab steps.  (Voice: Not like you could have accomplished that by watching your earlier CSI: Miami DVDs...)

I was not fond of the whole Maison-d'Eppes-gets-robbed sideplot, partly because Charlie was being such an idiot about it, partly because I really don't care about Alan or how much he cares about the damn house he almost sold a season ago, and mostly because it made for a ridiculous ending, where
a) Charlie looks like a fool when he gets shown up by Don, thereby realizing my worst fears, since I'd spent most of the episode cringing in embarrassment about Charlie trying to use high falutin' math to solve a tiny bit of B&E vandalism.  You know how there's such a thing as being overqualified for a job?  Yeah. 
b) Millie is hanging about once again being part of the family.  UGH.  Now, I love it when Amita's there, because to me, Amita really does fit in.  In my mind I already see her holding very much a daughter/sister-in-law relationship with Alan and Don.  Of course, my mind also already sees an inevitable future with her and Charlie married & little curly-haired geniuses toddling around, BUT STILL.  Millie just...sticks out like a sore thumb.  I'm of the opinion that Alan really doesn't need a girlfriend.  This is TV; only attractive people deserve relationships.  Besides, he's a parent.  That's enough of a role for him.  Don and Charlie don't need a stepmother, either.  The memory of Mrs. Eppes is enough for me.
c) They were playing "Spoons."  *claps hands over ears* I swear that game took over my entire circle in high school.  The band kids were particularly obsessed with it.  I never bothered to learn how to play, because it just looked so dumb, and I got rather tired of hearing people suggest it whenever we had down time during our band trip.  I was not at all similarly obsessed with "Pounce."  Stop looking at me like that!

Not one of my favorite episodes, overall...or maybe Numb3rs is on the same track of interest as House, and it's having a down cycle where nothing interests me.  We'll have to see next week the day after tomorrow.

Comments

paradise_city
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Numbers
Clavo Cruz, that's who he was! I thought he looked familiar.

Regarding Colby, you're right -- this was a great episode for him. I've been a Colby fan for a while, because he's really great at very quietly being a nice guy. It's sort of amusing to watch, because he seems like he doesn't necessarily want everyone to know that's a nice, sensitive guy, but he just can't help it. And I really dig that he's got a sort of friendship with Charlie going, in that he's always prepared to defend Charlie's work. That's pretty stand-up of him.

Also, what is Spoons? I totally didn't get that.
rainbowstevie
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Numbers
It's a card game of insanity, that's what it is. I can't possibly describe it, but here's a decent guide.
paradise_city
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Numbers
It sounds like crack. Also, I had no idea it was a card game and thought it only involved spoons. Whoops!

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