CSI: Vegas 2021 Tv Series Review CBS
On Wednesday, Sept. 29 — 21 years to the day after the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” premiered — the show returns.
Oh, it has a new title — “CSI: Vegas.” And most of the cast is different. But it’s still pretty much the same show it was for 15 seasons. And that’s a good thing.
In 2000, “CSI” was the most fascinating show on TV because it broke the cop show mold. It wasn’t about police officers running around with guns, it was about scientists collecting, processing and interpreting evidence to solve crimes. There have been a lot of imitators since then, but “CSI” was unique.
“It’s a science-based show,” said executive producer Jason Tracey (“Elementary,” “Burn Notice”), who’s new to the “CSI” franchise. “We take the responsibility of entering the criminal-justice realm really seriously.”
And it was a huge hit, topping the ratings for much of its first decade and spawning three spinoffs — “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Cyber.”
“CSI: Vegas” is not a spinoff, it’s a sequel. Original cast members William Peterson (as Gil Grissom), Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle Grissom) and Wallace Langham (David Hodges) return, but much of the cast is new — Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez.
The sequel revives and updates the ultra-cool look of the original — the camera angles, the graphics, the lighting, the re-creations. The biggest difference since the original “CSI” signed off in 2015 is the advances in forensic science, and that’s reflected in the revival.
“It’s all kinds of new machines, new technology that Grissom wouldn’t have been all that comfortable with even 10 years ago,” Peterson said.
The first episode features a guest appearance by Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass, and creator/executive producer Anthony Zuiker indicated, coyley, that other original cast members will also return.
“Wouldn’t you like to know?” he said when asked. Pressed to clarify, he said, “We have a couple more surprises in store.”
The original series was noted for its wild, bizarre cases filled with unexpected twists, and we’re promised there will be “some fun, great demented stuff in this season, too,” Zuiker said.
There will be cases of the week — wrapped up before the end of the episode — and more long story arcs than in the original. Without getting spoilery, “CSI” returns with a plot that reaches into its past and threatens to undercut just about every case in the 335 episodes that aired from 2000-2015.
“CSI: Vegas” gets off to a very strong start. Again.