CSI: Miami - Darkroom
(S05E08) After last week's episode, I read a decent chunk of comments about how viewers weren't too excited about Boa Vista and all the screen time she's been getting as the newest member of the team. As one commenter put it, "It seems the producers are trying to get us to like the Boa Vista character by making her the center of Season 5."
Well, I don't think most people realized it (unless they read it somewhere beforehand as I did), but this episode was based partly on a true story. Eva LaRue, who plays Natalia, went through a similar ordeal in real life with her sister Nikka. So I think in this case we can cut Boa Vista some slack.
Nikka LaRue actually guest-starred in this episode. She had a brief cameo as one of the reporters during Horatio's press conference. Nice touch, getting her involved with the episode. Plus, she got to work with her sister. I would imagine that was a pretty cool experience for both of them.
Moving on, the episode was one of the better ones we've gotten this season. It focused on a guy who ran a ring of model photographers. He traveled all over the country and when he wasn't snapping photos, he was murdering the subjects. On his most recent trip to Miami, Natalia's sister Anya was one of those women. Of course they got to her in time though. The only thing that bugged me about it was the entire time, I felt like there was a lack of urgency. Sure, they were looking for Anya... but no one (especially Natalia) seemed to be concerned more than usual.
Erica, Wolfe's reporter friend, was back. I really don't like her. When she released the info to the public, regarding Anya's relationship to Natalia? Total jerk move. Loved it when Calleigh told her off afterward though.
I think my favorite scene was when Horatio made it to the photographer's studio near the end of the episode. It seemed like sort of an homage to The Man With The Golden Gun, no? Similar to when Bond was chasing Scaramanga through that maze with all the strobe lights and shadows. It was cool the way they shot it. I liked it.
- Wolfe's uncle was a safe-cracker and he taught his nephew the trade at age 11? That was a bit convenient since Wolfe and Tripp just happened to bump into a safe.
- I'm starting to get sick of the little feud between Wolfe and Delko. I don't even remember why they're fighting. But Delko is constantly shutting Wolfe down or disagreeing with him and it's getting old.
- I liked how they cut the episode about two minutes short to show pictures of missing women from various kidnapping cases still pending around the country. Reminded me of the Soul Asylum video for "Runaway Train."
So overall, as I said, one of the better episodes. Anyone else hang around for the previews for next week? Is it just me, or are the previews for this show telling us less and less every week? I'm not even sure what the next episode is about other than that tagline the voice-over kept repeating: "Everything is for sale." Or something like that... oh well.