CSI: Miami - Going, Going, Gone
(S05E09) I really do love this show and understand that you have to take it with a grain of salt to truly enjoy it, but c'mon. This episode was ridiculous! How did we go from a charity auction with gorgeous females to a terrorist plot to blow up the Turkey Point nuclear power plant? Only on this show.
I was glad they brought back Jake Berkley, Calleigh's old love interest. We haven't seen him in a few episodes. Now that he's left the ATF and joined the Miami-Dade police department, it'll be interesting to see if their romance continues. I'm thinking yes, or else why bother bringing him back at all? Speaking of Calleigh's love interests, whatever happened to Peter from the treasury department? I thought things were on the up and up for those two after last year's season finale and I'm only now realizing that we haven't seen him in some time.
OK, so here's what happened in the episode. Normally I wouldn't recap the whole case like this, but laying it out only furthers my point that it was damn near ridiculous. So... man has his wife and children kidnapped by terrorists. They want money. So the guy turns to selling heroin and holding "charity" auctions for dates with good looking women. He in turn funnels all the money to the terrorists so they don't kill his family. The terrorists use the money to buy off a stevedore at the port, ship in some plastic explosive, and drive it into a power plant. That is, until Horatio figured it all out and blew up the truck (with all the explosives) with one bullet. The man has pinpoint accuracy! Now tell me... how crazy does that story sound?
Here's something I just noticed, or I should say, here's something that I just realized bothers me. CSI: Miami does it all the time too. I hate when they use a new device (or any new equipment for that matter) and whoever is using it works in an explanation of what it does into their conversation. It's obviously meant for us ignorant viewers, but it always seems like they're trying to explain the stuff to each other. They did it twice in this episode. Once with that 3-D imaging program and again with the bomb sniffing machine. The lines are so canned... "Let me tell you what this expensive piece of equipment does as I use it." OK, done ranting about that.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't it feel like the team lacked a sense of urgency once the terrorist plot unfolded? I didn't feel like anyone was worried. I mean, you knew something ridiculous was going to happen once the killer was unmasked and there was still about twelve minutes to go in the episode. I think the problem is that they stacked the story wrong. After Calleigh was shot by the guy at the port, we should never have been told what happened to her. Leave it open and it kicks the rest of the episode up a notch. Leave it as a cliffhanger and give us a week to wonder if she's OK. Instead it's all wrapped up and there's nothing to wonder about except how cheesy next week's case will be.