10:00pm Friday, September 24 on LIVING
After hundreds of solved crimes and unexpected plot twists, viewers still love innovative US crime drama CSI, the tenth series of which premieres on LIVING this week. Recently recognised as the most highly watched TV drama worldwide, the show follows the work of a team of Las Vegas-based forensic experts who solve crimes with advanced scientific methods. CSI created a whole new genre of crime drama and spawned several hit spin-offs. The show revitalised the whodunit with the application of science and special effects while never forgetting the human drama of the team’s personal dynamics and struggles.
The series kicks off with a stunning opening scene that is a teasing flash forward to the climax of the episode. A gun battle in the crime lab between CSIs and black-suited intruders is frozen in time as a continuous tracking shot shows the paths of bullets, blood splatters and shattered lab equipment in trademark CSI style.
The episode begins more sedately when the understaffed team is called to investigate the death of a movie star in a car crash, apparently killed by a random drunk driver. When the barely alive drunk is revealed to have been stalking the actress, it becomes apparent that the crash was not an accident. The case gets increasingly complex as the forensic skills of Dr Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne – Matrix) reveal surprising connections that ultimately provoke the invasion of the crime lab shown in the opening scene. CSI is back with a bang!