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CSI: Miami: Rush

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 17th 2007 8:03AM

Wolfe(S05E20) This was kind of an interesting episode if you think about it. It was a good concept. Essentially, they took something that was glitzy and over-the-top to begin with and layered it with a storyline about Hollywood, drugs, rehab, and murder. Doesn't get much better than that. Throw in some nods to actual celebrities (similar to Dirt) and we got one of the better CSI: Miami episodes this season.

However, since I love this show, I still have to gripe because there were plenty of things that could have been a little better.

First up is Delko. Don't get me wrong, it was great to have that scene where he kind of got to spill his guts and talk about what happened to him. Remember that conversation he had with the younger girl in rehab? Good scene, but I was really hoping that we had heard the last of his shooting. What this points to is a bigger issue with the show though. When there's so little character development (the shooting is really the only major thing that happened to Delko this season), anytime there's an opportunity for someone to make progress, the conversation falls back to the same thing. Everything becomes focused on, "So I was shot in the head a few months ago." We know. Fortunately, for those that saw next week's preview, it looks like we might finally be moving away from that.

That was my biggest concern about this installment. Some other things were very well done though. I enjoyed the twist, although it became a little obvious when the character of Eddie was in the first few minutes of the episode and didn't show up again until the end. That usually means you're guilty of something in the world of CSI. Most unexpected scene? That random nod to Britney Spears at the end of the episode. I'm not sure what the message was supposed to be, but an obvious Britney clone was checked into the rehab center, went to her room, snorted some coke, and shaved her head.

rating 3I was surprised that there was no mention of Scott O'Shay, but I'm sure that will be resolved before the season is done. Additionally, whatever happened to that city sponsored documentary that Wolfe was involved with? I got the impression that was going to play a large role this season and it got dropped very early on. Maybe it comes back in the finale? Sheds light on a previously closed case? I guess we'll have to wait and see. With all that in mind though, I'll give this episode a 3 out of 7. Some pros and cons, but as I said last week, it just gets me more excited for how the season is going to end.

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I've been a big fan of this show since it's inception but I'm afraid it's losing me.The writing has deteriorated to the point that it seems like it written by a group of high school students. The show is lavishly filmed and the main characters do a pretty good job but the story lines are amateurish and plots bordering on ridiculous. Sorry, I loved the series but the writing is killing it for me. I keep watching for improvement but it is not happening. Too bad.

April 23 2007 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Midnight Penguin

By giving it a 3 you're saying that you didn't like it? Yet your review seems to have equal parts of gripes and likes, while also saying you can't wait for what it sets up. Shouldn't that be a 4 or 5, either indifference or liking it a little?

Also, with such little character development, I liked that Delko referred back to his injury - otherwise it was just left at the one reference the episode after it. Were you really hoping we had heard the last of his injury when it happened? You referenced in "Man Down" that you "bet the writers take the easy route with this and handle it just like when Wolfe took that nail in the eye the last season...the issue will just fade away." I would try to reference what you wrote about the "Nailed" episode, but I can't seem to find the review on this site anymore. You even said that Delko's injury would "be a set up for something big to come" and while this isn't big, it was a reference five episodes later. If they're possibly looking to move Delko off the show, a possible friendship with the girl could do it. Or, again, they could just let it go after that reference, but I am surprised that you weren't more positive about the writers NOT taking the easy route.

You keep wondering what's going to happen with Wolfe's documentary crew - I do agree with you that it's going to play a role later - BUT the writers could just as easily have had no plans for further reference other than making the lab uneasy toward Wolfe for agreeing to do it.

April 17 2007 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still think that they need to bring the Marisol character back. If Fred Thompson runs for President, NBC will be prohibited from showing any future Law and Order episodes with him in it due to the "equal time" rule. Alana de la Garza also appears in those shows as well. She'll be out of work. So CBS, Ann Donahue, et al, get her back. CSI: Miami needs the added spice that her character brought to the show last season.

April 17 2007 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the Britney nod was extremely tacky.
I enjoyed the rest of the episode, though (except for Horatio, but I've always hated Horatio).

April 17 2007 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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