Paramount // 2009 // 977 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // December 1st, 2010
A city that never sleeps. A team that never quits.
The Big Apple may have some bruises, but thankfully there's a skilled team of New York police officers and forensic scientists who are dedicated to gathering the evidence and catching the bad guys. Oh, and did I mention they're all good dressers and easy on the eyes?
All 23 episodes of CSI: NY: The Sixth Season are included in this release, spread over seven discs as follows:
* "Blacklist" (featuring "Gravedigger")
* "LAT 40° 47' N/Long 73° 58' W"
* "Dead Reckoning"
* "Battle Scars"
* "It Happened to Me"
* "Hammer Down"
* "Cuckoo's Nest"
* "Death House"
* "Second Chances"
* "Criminal Justice"
* "Flag on the Play"
* "Sanguine Love"
* "The Formula"
* "Uncertainty Rules"
* "Pot of Gold"
* "Rest in Peace, Marina Garito"
* "Tales from the Undercard"
* "Unusual Suspects"
* "Point of View"
* "Vacation Getaway"
Possible Spoilers to Follow
I hesitate to make snap judgments about the strength of any one particular season in a series' lifespan, but in this case, I have no qualms about saying CSI: NY: The Sixth Season is the best so far. This season features some fantastic standalone episodes, as well as the three-episode crossover that bridged CSI: NY with both CSI and CSI: Miami for the first time. The crossover story began with the CSI: Miami episode "Bone Voyage," continued with the NY episode "Hammer Down," and concluded on CSI with "The Lost Girls." It was the powerful but disturbing story of a missing girl and the world Dr. Ray Langston (Lawrence Fishburne, The Matrix) had to immerse himself in as he followed the trail of evidence to Miami, back to New York and finally to Las Vegas. It was fitting that, given his relatively new tenure with the franchise, he would be the actor to link the three series together. Through the special features, viewers learn how seriously the producers of all three series took this project, viewing it as the first feature-length CSI project. As disturbing as the story is, it features stand-out performances from many of the franchise's actors that are not to be missed.
Season Six also marked the return of actors Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) as their characters Shane Casey and Dr. Peyton Driscoll respectively. After framing CSI: NY team member Sheldon Hawkes for murder in season three, Casey escapes from prison with shocking consequences for Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo, Black Hawk Down) and Lindsay (Anna Belknap, Medical Investigation). Forlani returned to the cast briefly at the end of Season Six and while some consideration was given to making her a permanent addition, final casting decisions before the start of the seventh season seem to point to her not making the cut.
Little did fans know that while the cast seemed to be gelling better than ever, they'd be losing one of their beloved core characters. After six years as the fiery Greek CSI Detective First Grade Stella Bonasera, actor Melina Kanakaredes (Clash of the Titans) would be making a graceful exit. I haven't been able to find a specific reason for the decision, but either the producers or Kanakaredes herself, decided not to renew her contract for the seventh season, so the end of Season Sixth saw Stella leaving for New Orleans.
Partway through the summer of 2010, it was announced that Sela Ward (The Fugitive) would be joining the CSI: NY cast at the beginning of the series' seventh season. Now that we've seen a handful of episodes, I can say without reservation that the addition of Ward and her ex-FBI character CSI Detective First Grade Josephine "Jo" Danville was the missing piece of the puzzle that took the series from being well above average to stellar. As a single mother and a highly-skilled law enforcement professional with an often out-of-the-box way of looking at evidence and solving crimes, Danville adds an exciting new energy to the series. It also doesn't hurt that Sinise and Ward are two of the greatest actors of this generation, and when they share the screen the result is a delight.
CBS continues to produce solid full-season boxed sets and CSI: NY: The Sixth Season is no exception. From the full-motion video menu backgrounds to the episodes themselves, the picture quality is well above average for a standard DVD release, with sharp clarity and vibrant colors. With New York crime as its palette, the audio presentation is dynamic and immersive as CSI should be. CSI: NY: The Sixth Season also offers seven featurettes that cover a broad range of topics from character profiles to digital effects, a behind the scenes look at the "Death House" episode, and a closer look at the development of the three-part crossover. Commentary tracks are also included with "Death House" and "Rest in Peace, Marina Garito."
While Melina Kanakeredes will be missed by fans, she ended her CSI: NY tenure on a high note, with one of the classiest and most touching cast member/character exits in recent memory. The supporting cast continues to grow in their roles, Sinise remains a strong lead, and even after six years the writing and production teams continue to deliver.
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Scales of Justice
* 2.35:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 977 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Episode Commentaries