CSI: Miami — Modeling Agency or Forensic Lab?

With so many criminal investigation shows on TV these days, what’s your favorite?  One all too popular with many people is CSI.  Two years later, and you’ve got the spin-off series, CSI: Miami.  Two more years later, another spin-off, CSI: NY.

I’ve come across the CSI franchise a few times on TV, and I’ve watched a few episodes here and there.  My overall reaction to the show — Eh.  More specifically, I’ll be speaking of CSI: Miami here.

I just can’t get past the attractive CSI unit all working under one roof with seamlessly pressed attire, occasional cleavage for the women, and the take-me-serious looks, both in visual appearance and forensic intellect.  This effect is so noticeably funny that if that whole aspect of the show was a joke, I’d think it was the funniest show ever.

Horatio Caine’s acting performance in CSI: Miami is from a whole other decade, and I don’t mean that in a good way.  I suppose it works for the show though, since everything else is just so unbelievable and overly fictionalized.  For example, what agency actually has all this future-forward technology that makes finding a criminal look as simple as turning on a light switch.  Also, the interrogation room secretly says, “Hey, why not take in the beautiful panoramic view while you’re in the hot seat via our ground-to-ceiling windows.”

Whatever happened to the separate positions worked by many individuals in a real CSI team: latent print examiner, forensic photographer, serologist, varying chemists, homicide detectives, etc.  I understand it’s a TV show and that TV can’t always project a realistic fiction series, but there are plenty of shows in the same genre that stick to the realistic structure of how a crime investigation works through the hands of many people.  I’ll admit that the whole appeal that repels me from watching the show is the very thing that gains a lot of the viewers.

The deal breaker though — the anti-climatic feeling of their solved cases, which is almost as bad as the ending conclusions in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (but that’s another story).  I much prefer Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Minds.  This blog post was just meant to give my opinion of the show, and I’m not trying to bash anyone for liking it.  Actually, my mom loves the Miami spin-off, and she refuses to watch the other CSIs.  Go figure.

Bottom line: CSI: Miami is just too Hollywood for me.

CSI: Miami airs Mondays 10/9 c on CBS.


My Top 10 Love Movies

Gone for too long!  Well I better make up for lost time then!  What better way to kick things off than to start off with my top 10 “love” movies in no particular order.  Just a few comments on why I like these movies, but far from a thorough synopsis of each movie.

1. Fools Rush In – There are signs everywhere to help you find your way.

2. Titanic – Classic romance movie, timeless.

3. Dirty Dancing – Ok, sure it’s cheesy when you watch it as an adult, but this was my favorite as a young girl.  And of course, it would be incomplete if I didn’t say this: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”

4. GHOST –  Two words: Unchained Melody.

5. While You Were Sleeping – Life works in mysterious ways, and this movie is a good example with a few laughs thrown in there too.

6. Mrs. Winterbourne – Yes, Rickie Lake acts.  I can’t deny that there is a special spot in my heart for this movie.  As I said before, life works in mysterious ways.

7. A Walk to Remember – This movie is unexpectedly sweet and charming.  Favorite scene: Landon (West) fulfills Jamie’s (Moore) wish to be in 2 places at once (Jamie opens her eyes to find herself straddling the state line).

8. The Notebook – About losing and finding the love you thought was gone forever; second chances that could mean losing everything or gaining everything, if you choose to follow your heart.

9. A Lot Like Love – Because life changes so much, and only a few things or certain people remain constant within it.

10. The Bridges of Madison County – Save the best for last?  An extremely beautiful story about love and sacrifice.  “I realized that love won’t obey our expectations.  Its mystery is pure and absolute.”

These are just some of my favorite love movies.  I’m not too big on love movies, but I have my picks.  And yes, I’m aware I don’t have Casablanca or Gone with the Wind on here.  🙂