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As you may or may not have previously been aware, I love organizing, making lists, and messing with data (be it quantitative or qualitatitve).   As such, one of my favorite year-end activities is where I take my favorite show and rank its season's worth of episodes in order of best to worst.  Forget top 3, I like challenging myself to put everything in order.  This really only works for shows that I know well enough to remember episodes by their title, so I'm not going to go entirely overboard, but I am going to do said lists for all 3 CSIs. 

I've been adjusting this for a while and I will probably still feel an urge to tweak it now and then, but I think it's about as good as it's going to get.  I tried very hard to judge episodes as a whole and not simply because of one great character/ship moment, but such moments often served as tiebreakers.  If a character storyline was woven throughout the episode, of course, that went a long way towards bumping it up or down on the list. 

Reading back through my old reviews in doing this, I ended up contradicting a lot of my initial opinions...

CSI, Season 7: "Miniature Madness"
(subheading: GSR is Canon)
  1. Empty Eyes
  2. Fannysmackin’
  3. Sweet Jane
  4. Built to Kill, pt. 2
  5. Built to Kill, pt. 1
  6. Redrum
  7. Law of Gravity
  8. Lab Rats
  9. Loco Motives
  10. Monster in a Box
  11. Double Cross
  12. Leapin' Lizards
  13. Ending Happy
  14. The Good, The Bad, and the Dominatrix
  15. Living Doll [and it pains me, PAINS ME, to rank this one lower than the one above]
  16. Leavin’ Las Vegas
  17. Post-Mortem
  18. Toe Tags
  19. Happenstance
  20. Burnout
  21. Living Legend
  22. Meet Market
  23. Fallen Idols
  24. Big Shots
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Wow, CSI was easy in comparison to Miami...for the latter, I picked out the first two with ease, and the next five without much more difficulty, but the remaining 17 were all so bad it was hard to decide which were the worst.

CSI: Miami, Season 5: "With Great Wealth Comes Endless Crime Scenes"
(subheading: Mole Becomes CSI, WTF)
  1. No Man’s Land
  2. Man Down
  3. Burned
  4. Rio
  5. Throwing Heat
  6. Internal Affairs
  7. Kill Switch
  8. Curse of the Coffin
  9. Death Pool 100
  10. Darkroom
  11. Just Murdered
  12. Born to Kill
  13. Eminent Domain
  14. A Grizzly Murder
  15. Bloodline
  16. Rush
  17. Backstabbers
  18. Going, Going, Gone
  19. Triple Threat
  20. Going Under
  21. Broken Home
  22. If Looks Could Kill
  23. Come As You Are
  24. High Octane
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NY's actually the hardest of all, since I loved pretty much the entire season, but the best character moments were often matched up with dull cases, and vice versa.  I tried to strike a balance, but halfway through summer I'll probably want to unravel this whole list and start over.  Oh well.

CSI: NY, Season 3: "The Lab of Love (and Angst)"
(subheading: does not yet exist, because I haven't decided how to articulate how this season's theme was about past actions resulting in negative consequences in the present)
  1. Snow Day
  2. Silent Night
  3. Consequences
  4. Not What It Looks Like
  5. ...Comes Around
  6. Past Imperfect
  7. Raising Shane
  8. Sleight Out of Hand
  9. The Ride In
  10. People With Money
  11. The Lying Game
  12. Murder Sings the Blues
  13. Oedipus Hex
  14. Hung Out to Dry
  15. Heart of Glass
  16. Cold Reveal
  17. What Schemes May Come
  18. Some Buried Bones
  19. Daze of Wine and Roaches
  20. Sweet 16
  21. Here’s To You, Mrs. Azrael
  22. Love Run Cold
  23. Obsession
  24. Open and Shut
Fun-fun.  *nods* 

There's another version of this game, with considerably more interesting commentary, in which I pitted the three shows against one another on a weekly basis and declared a winner for best first ep, best second ep, etc.  Alas, that's somewhere on my internetless computer and I don't feel inspired enough to dig it out just now.
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ETA: Because I cannot resist any surveys that promise me a chance to talk at great length about various 'ships... yanked from scsquidsnaps

[it occurs to me, after the fact, that I probably should have stuck to one fandom.  Eh, it ended up being mostly CSIverse anyway]

"One True Pairing" ship:
Hm.  It changes every so often, but at the moment, I think it's Horatio/Marisol (CSI Miami).  I don't know why, it just makes me happy every time I think about it.   Provided I don't think about its end.

"One True Threesome" ship: Threesomes should not exist.  Anywhere.  Ever.  Though I sometimes think Jack/Kate/Sawyer would solve a hell of a lot of problems in the Lost fandom.

"Canon" ship: Uh, so many, since I rarely ship anything outside of it.  And my favorite(s) rotate on an almost weekly basis, but those currently ruling my daydreams are:
-Grissom/Sara (CSI)
-Mac/Peyton (CSI:NY)
-Abby/Luka (ER)
-Danny/Elena (Without a Trace)

"Not quite canon but should be" ship: Tony/Ziva (NCIS).  OBVIOUSLY.  Sheep has come up with several ways in which that works out. Failing that, Horatio/Yelina (CSIM), which was my second choice for an OTP.

"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" ship: Ryan/Natalia (CSIM).  There is no chemistry there.  At all.  And it's not just because I hate her, since I rather liked her with Delko.

Also, Claire/Locke (Lost).  I know it won't ever happen, but it goes on in fic, even though JFC he looks old enough to be her grandfather.

"You are one sick bastard" ship: I actually had a bit of fun pondering which slash ship I found most unsettling.  As much as Flack slash makes me shudder, I think Horatio/Mac (CSI Miami/NY) is worse, as the mere flash of a mention caused me to squeal and curl up in a ball, crying tears of blood.  

Don/Charlie (Numb3rs) is a veryclose second.

"I'm one sick bastard" ship: It's a point of pride that I have no sick-bastard ships.  (Stop judging my OTP.  And/or icon)

"I dabble a little" ship: Sara/Greg (CSI).  In a strictly AU context, you understand, or at the very least pre-season 6, but I do think they're quite as good as Sara & Grissom. 

"It's like a car crash" ship: Derek/Meredith (Grey's Anatomy).  They're sort of fascinating the way their relationship keeps going up in flames, and yet they continue to circle back around and end up together.

"Tickles my fancy but not sold quite yet" ship: Nick/Sara (CSI).  They have a lot in common; there's nothing inherently squicky and some people can pull it off, but I have a hard time feeling a lot of spark between them.  They're better in a brother/sister sort of friendship.

"Makes no canon sense but why the hell not" ship:
Horatio/Calleigh (CSIM).  I cannot see any viable way in which they could end up together by this point on the show, but damn, they have a whole fanfic site devoted to them for a reason.

"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" ship: Addison/Mark, Addison/Alex (Grey's Anatomy).  I just...I don't get the allure of either one.  Both men are such self-absorbed jerks.  And not even slightly attractive.

"When all is said and done" ship:
  Mulder and Scully still set the standard.

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stunt_muppet
May. 22nd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh, more entertaining memes! I may have to try this one. :) And H/M isn't a sick-bastard pairing, don't worry.

Also, your titles for the seasons make me giggle. "With Great Wealth Comes Endless Crime Scenes". XD
rainbowstevie
May. 22nd, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Yes-yes, you must try this one out. That's what I'm here for, to be a dirty enabler pushing memes on the poor innocent public.

Hee, glad you enjoyed my titles! I'm rather fond of that one myself.
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