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TV Series Review

Lieutenant Horatio Caine first strolled onto Miami's beaches in 2002, with his badge and his sunglasses leading the way. He's a squinty-eyed former NYPD homicide detective who fits like a hand in the latex glove of the Miami crime scene. There he can squint in earnest from the tropical glare and lull suspects into revealing their secrets with his gravel-voiced, half-whispered inquiries. His hard-working team is made up of a variety of specialists including ballistics pro Det. Calleigh Duquesne, fingerprint and drug identification expert Det. Eric Delko and DNA analyst Natalia Boa Vista.

In 2003, CSI creator, writer and producer Anthony E. Zuiker responded to early criticism of his show's seedy, explicit and violent depiction of crime scene investigations. "We don't want to exclude families," he said. "We don't want to exclude children. The first family that turns off the show because it's too dark—that's catastrophic to us."

Well. Catastrophe has come and gone more than once since then.

CSI's trademark is "big-screen quality meets small-screen drama," and CSI: Miami is no slacker when it comes to slick production, innovative photography and intriguing storylines. And though dialogue and character development sag, where this perennial Top-10 drama really lapses is in establishing a moral grip. Its brazen "show, don't tell" philosophy can wreak some serious havoc.

For example, nine years in, this spin-off has already spun through more than 200 episodes by combining cutting-edge forensic science and old-fashioned police footwork with grisly murder-reenactment visuals. Rather than simply referencing the details of various murders, Caine and his team walk us through decapitations, asphyxiations and stabbings—over and over again—as new evidence comes to light. Repeated, horrific flashbacks come complete with everything but blood actually dripping from the remote.

Then there's the gritty realism of Miami's underbelly, depicted week by week via plots that run the gamut from gang and domestic violence to sadomasochistic sex to drug and alcohol abuse to child pornography.

Without question, this is a show that seeks out justice, heralds human rights, and holds up faithfulness and integrity as honorable traits. But CSI: Miami also gratuitously wallows in the worst things people do to each other.

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David Caruso as Lt. Horatio Caine; Eva La Rue as Natalia Boa Vista; Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne; Jonathan Togo as Ryan Wolfe; Adam Rodriguez as Eric Delko






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