CSI: Miami - Come As You Are
(S05E10) Did this episode seem weird to anyone else? Weird as in something that shouldn't have even been tackled by Horatio and his team? One character even pointed it out during his interrogation: "Isn't Iraq a little bit out of your jurisdiction?" My thoughts exactly. Maybe it's just me, but damn near everything in this episode seemed like a bit of a stretch.
If anything, I appreciated that the writers for this show were willing to take on a tough subject like the war in Iraq but I think they handled it the wrong way. The episode had a clear negative view on the war (which was great) but I didn't agree 100% with the way they negatively portrayed the Marines and their recruiters. They made everyone seem so devious and two-faced which came across as disrespectful if you ask me. Although it is only one interpretation of what's going on and as I said, you have to at least give them a pat on the back for going near the topic.
There were actually two cases that the CSIs dealt with, both involving marines. The first made sense. A marine recruiter was found dead on a civilian gun range. Definitely something Horatio and Co. would look into. But the second case? A marine killed in Iraq and Horatio opened up a case in Miami on it? Way too hard to believe and far too convenient to solve. It was laughable. A dead marine shot by an independent contractor that just so happened to be from Miami as well? Not to mention that his truck was back in Miami also? Everything fell into place far too easily.
Anyone else notice how Rob Estes was back for about five seconds as Natalia's ex, Nick? He was asking Valera out on a date. The story this sets up is great but man... Rob Estes must really be hurting if he's willing take tiny roles like that. From The Evidence to this? Although, I suppose this does set him up for more screen time.
One thing that's been starting to bug me is Horatio's involvement with the team. He's strictly just playing detective with Tripp now. He's never in the lab doing work like he used to be. He's qualified. According to his character profile on the CBS website, he has a degree in chemistry! I just wish he'd get his hands dirty once in a while like Gil and Mac do on the other CSI shows. Maybe people would stop ragging on him if he did something other than cock his head and drive his Hummer.
Nice touch ending the episode with Johnny Cash's "Like A Soldier." One of my favorite Cash tunes. Speaking of ending though, now that November sweeps is coming to a close this will probably be the last new CSI: Miami episode we'll see in a while. Heck, we're not even into December and the season is almost half over. Hopefully some better episodes will emerge after the holiday season.