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.


HBO’s True Blood: All Talk, No Bite?

True Blood is a new HBO drama series that premiered on September 7 of this year. It is based off of the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris. The setting takes place in the deep South and stars Anna Paquin as the main character, Sookie. True Blood tells a story about vampires and humans co-existing with each other in society; however, the two groups remain much more separate in their own areas of town by their own preference. Although they live among each other, there is tension and trust issues between both groups. So far, the main plot revolves around a love story between Sookie and an age-old vampire, Bill (played by Stephen Moyer). The show has also taken a focus on an unknown killer murdering people in the town — someone who sees a new target in Sookie. There are a bunch of other characters engaging in their own story lines as well. In a series where vampires exist, there are bound to be other strange mysterious characters to come in the story ahead.

This show has been renewed for a second season and appears to be getting a good fan base. Some people just love this show. I’ve always been interested in anything vampire-related. When I first saw True Blood, I just thought it was a little cheesy. I mean the story doesn’t seem bad, but I don’t think it translates well on TV. It can really come across as a silly show, and I can’t figure out if the script is making actors seem like bad actors or if it’s the actors’ own doing. In my opinion, this show could be a lot better than what it is.

Since there were some nights where I couldn’t find anything to watch, I’d end up giving the show another shot. I became patient to see the story unfold, and I actually began to look forward to watching a new episode. I still can’t shake the feeling though that sometimes the show is painfully cheesy. Some people will only watch about three minutes of it and laugh hysterically — either at the story line or the actors — and they’ll get this are-you-serious look on their face and plainly say, “This show is so stupid.” I know how they feel though because that was me before and I’m still a little hesitant about the show’s quality.

Nonetheless, True Blood has reached a lot of people and made fans out of them. Check it out for yourself and be your own judge. True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9pm on HBO.