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CSI: Empty Eyes

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 30th 2007 1:04PM

Sara and Grissom(S07E18) Well this wasn't the best episode of CSI, but it still had its high points. I know it's a lot to ask to have every episode tie together and not stand alone, but I was really hoping for some more stuff on The Miniature Killer.

What we did get was a look at Sara how this job is affecting her. We've always known that she was the most emotional member of the Vegas team, but it really came through on this case. I suppose holding the hand of someone who's about to die will do that to you. However, as I said, despite the mediocrity of the episode as a whole, there were a few really good high points.

First up was Hodges. I've always loved what his character adds to the show, but we got something from him here that's never really been explored before. Despite his sarcastic, know-it-all attitude, the guy is human. While processing evidence from the showgirl murders, one of the victims cell phones rang. Hodges got saddled with the responsibility of telling a mother that her daughter was dead. It led to an interesting exchange between him and Sara where he asked her if she ever felt guilty after doing the right thing. It was just very cool to see this other side of his character.

Next was some closure on the Demtrius James case that Greg was involved with. While I'm glad we got an answer to where this stands, it sort of bugged me that the issue was forgotten and now we just found out that the civil suit was dropped in favor of a payout. It seemed like a lazy way to conclude the issue, especially since it just makes Greg feel guilty (when he isn't). It'll be interesting to see if he pursues this more on his own time. I think he will because earlier in the season, the whole case just seemed too important to him.

The final point I wanted to mention was the guest-starring role from Walton Goggins. I just interviewed this guy the other day and he never mentioned that he had done an episode of CSI! Oh well. He was really good as the killer though. Creepy as hell, but really good. When he admitted to doing it, but feeling nothing? That was the line that got me right there. It's interesting how his characters differ from The Shield and this. In both cases he's a killer, but the range of emotions he shows in each instance are at different ends of the spectrum. It's always weird to see someone who has a prominent role on another show guest star in something else, but I'm just saying... the guy is a really good actor.

Back to Sara briefly. I only bring her up again because of what I speculated during my last review of CSI. I questioned whether or not she may indeed be The Miniature Killer. After this episode, I'm not so sure. Would she have been that torn up over these dead girls if she herself had been behind a recent string of killings? I think I need to revise my theory.

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"The killer said he felt "nothing." So why the suicide attempt in the alley? It wasn't motivated by guilt, so then why? I didn't get that."

I think it makes perfect sense. The killer was hoping to feel something by going after that girl he saw in the bar. But even after brutally murdering a bunch of girls, he still didn't feel a thing. And if that doesn't move you at all, what would?

So the question is, would you want to live without feeling anything? I think not, so that's probably why he tried to off himself.

p.s I think this was a brilliant episode, but it was just in the wrong place. I too would've wanted to hear *something* about the miniature killer ep after that break.

April 01 2007 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode beat any episode of CSI:Miami Jonathan!I really liked it. It showed real emotions not alot of flash basically good acting on all parts. I give big credit to the original for always keeping it real and not going for the stupid and clothes driven Miami-yes I really hate that show. It would be too predicatable for them to constantly focus on the minature killer,so it's nice to have some episodes that focus on other aspects but still never forgetting about the serial killer that lirks behind.

March 30 2007 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i liked this episode... so next week is the whole greg story line,, but the following episode deals with the minature serial killer :)


March 30 2007 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Question: The killer said he felt "nothing." So why the suicide attempt in the alley? It wasn't motivated by guilt, so then why? I didn't get that.

March 30 2007 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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