I feel like Danson!

Posted: March 14, 2012 in TV reviews

The first episode of the new season on CSI aired last night on channel 5, notable because it’s the 12th season of the show (seriously I’d love to go to Vegas but by my reckoning you have a 50/50 chance of being horribly murdered if you go there) but perhaps more importantly because of the new big name lead actor. Laurence Fishburne (who replaced William Petersen) has left the show after about 2 ½ years and been replaced by Ted (Cheers) Danson (I’m pretty sure that’s his full name).

It’s nice to have the show back, yeah it’s formulaic but you get what you pay for. I like the characters and I’m amused that even after so many years they can still conjure up inventive deaths and mysteries. I don’t want to know how the writers found out about the octopus stuff though!

And what of the new boy, Ted Danson’s DB Russell? Well obviously I don’t know how things are going to pan out long term, but it’s an assured start, and Danson already seems more comfortable in his role, and on the show, after one episode than Fishburne did after dozens of them. It helps as well that Russell is the supervisor; it always seemed odd that Langston was such a rookie character given Fishburne was the big name—it was potentially interesting but all too soon Langston morphed into first an arse kicking, name taking action hero, then a potential psychopath, and he never seemed to fit in.

Russell on the other hand already seems quite at home, and has that relaxed, quirky nature the show’s been missing since Grissom left, though judging by the first episode he’s going to be quirkier than Gil Grissom ever was. My only fear is that he becomes too kooky, but for the moment I’m impressed. The show might actually go back to being quite fun to watch now.

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