Grissom leaves the team in episode 10
Introducing Langston & inviting him to apply for a job
Langston concludes the season - kills someone & is "under review"
From the "original" team...
Katherine: remains - new team leader
They catch Warrick's killer
Eckley is still boss (and still an @$$)
Hodges is still a suckup & a pain
Greg is coming along nicely as field agent/CSI, very likable, but not as fun as our lovable old lab rat!!
Riley has an attitude problem & leaves the team between seasons 9/10
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Just not the same without Grissom
Amanda | Dallas, Texas | 08/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Crime dramas have a history of doing well on television, but nothing has ever had the kind of success of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. When the show first came out, it was groundbreaking. It captured the attention of the American public and changed the face of American prime time crime dramas. Spawning two spin-offs, CSI: New York and CSI: Miami and several similar shows on various networks, the effect of CSI on prime time crime dramas is unmistakable.
CSI follows the mysterious (and sometimes wacky) cases of the Crime Scene Investigation unit in Las Vegas. The key aspects of CSI are the fascinating forensic and logical deduction techniques that the team uses to track down killers. It's the traditional whodunit concept, but with a high-tech twist.
Season nine opens with Warrick Brown's (Gary Dourdan) funeral. Sara (Jorja Fox) returns to the team, and she and Grissom (William Peterson) have several awkward moments before Sara realizes that she can not remain in Vegas. Over the next few episodes, Grissom's mood takes a depressive downturn -- is it because of Sara's leaving, Warrick's death, or the change he finds in Lady Heather? Grissom eventually leaves to find Sara, leaving behind more questions than answers.
Enter Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Ray Langston.
The most polarizing occurrence in season nine is the departure of Grissom and the introduction of his replacement, Ray Langston. While Fishburne is still a great actor, it's nearly impossible to appease long-time fans of CSI with a Grissom replacement. Some fans accepted the change, while others thought Grissom's leaving should have signaled the end of the show's television run. While Fishburne's character Ray isn't bad, he just isn't as intriguing as Grissom. And, honestly, after Grissom's departure in episode 10, it became increasingly more difficult to watch the show. Soon after Grissom leaves and Ray comes in, the entire feel of CSI seems to change.
Gone are the strong ensemble cast stories that bring in all of the characters in engaging ways. Instead, we have a virtually entirely Ray-centric series that seems to drop all of the other characters. Greg's dialog seems to drop in every episode, Catherine becomes part of the scenery, Riley, a new CSI, adds very little to the series, and Nick feels like a shadow passing through each episode.
Aside from Grissom's departure, Sara is also written out of the show when she leaves Vegas. Online rumors point to Sara's return as a recurring or guest character in some episodes of season ten, but will she be able to save CSI? I wouldn't say that I am a big fan of her character, but it certainly couldn't hurt.
This DVD set includes all 24 episodes of CSI's ninth season on six discs. The bonus features include audio commentary on episode 16, "Turn, Turn, Turn," and episode 20, "A Space Oddity," along with deleted scenes, a feature on Grissom's departure, a feature celebrating CSI's 200th episode, and a pair of features going behind the scenes of the events in season nine of CSI.
It's difficult to say if William Peterson's departure will lead to the end of CSI. From what I've seen in season nine, post-Grissom CSI isn't off to the best start. Hopefully the writers can find a way to make fans fall in love with Ray next season, or it could lead to a serious slide in ratings and, possibly, the end of CSI."
F. Jury | usa | 08/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"CSI has been one of the best shows on TV over the last several years. Unfortunately this season is its weakest by far. That's in no small part to the loss of 3 main characters. The two replacements haven't brought much to the show yet either, and I think this show has run its course. With its high ratings, I'm sure they will want to keep this show going ala ER style for as long as possible, even if the whole original cast get replaced. I guess they figure it's the mysteries and tech that keep people watching, but that may be a mistake. This show really went down hill after Grissom left and the replacement was not a good choice. The show still remains watchable, but it has fallen a great deal from where it was."
Bye To Grissom means a BIG Change
M. Gonzalez | Florida | 06/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Season 9 saw William Petersen leave in the 10th episode. Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) had already left Vegas after a very traumatic kidnapping (season 8), then Warrick Brown dies at the end of season 8.
The opening episode is Warrick's funeral. Sara returns and she and Grissom have several GSR moments until she realizes she can not remain in Vegas. Over several episodes we see Grissom take a depressing down-turn--is it because of Sara's leaving or Warrick's death or the change he finds in Lady Heather? Grissom even visits Natalie, the serial killer, and discovers her little secret plan. In these episodes, there are more questions than answers. Grissom does leave to find Sara.
Two new CSIs come in. Riley Adams, a smart-mouth woman with some experience, flirts with Greg but doesn't add much more. We get Ray Langston coming in as a new CSI, level 1. And within a few weeks, CSI, as we've known and loved for years, changes to The Ray Langston Show. He's the center of every episode, except one. He knows all, sees all, can do it all--he's the star now.
The regular cast seems to disappear. Greg has few lines, Catherine melts into a background ghost, Riley becomes a wall, and Nick passes thru the episodes as a shadow. What happened?? Did Petersen leave and take all the writers with him?
While I will purchase season 9, I doubt I will ever watch the last half of the season. I'm willing to give Season 10 a chance, but this is not your former CSI."
Still the best CSI going..........
JB | Redwood City, CA | 10/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can understand the disappointment exhibited here with some of the reviews about missing William Peterson's character of "Gil Grissom."
Imagine the difficulty for Laurence Fishburne in having to follow in the footsteps of such a popular TV role of iconoclastic "Grissom"... who's unique approach to Crimes and his quirky love of insects made him almost irreplaceable.
Okay, we all miss Warrick, Sara, and Gil........but let's get a grip and look at this series with a fresh perspective.
I think the writing on this show, as good as it was before, has gotten even better; and the plots have remained fresh, creative, and well constructed.
The solving of the Cliffhanger from Season 8 of "Warrick Brown's" murderer was well scripted, with moving roles from all the cast members, especially of course, William Peterson. When a Crime genre show makes this kind of leap into fine dramatic acting, one can only applaud and start believing in Hollywood scriptwriters once again.
And "One to Go".......Peterson's last and final episode was superb. The last moments with him finding Jorja Fox's "Sara" in the jungle, was so well directed and acted; it will remain as one of finest romantic scenes in modern television.
Now we all know why we miss "Gil."
But I think Laurence Fishburne is one of best actors in Hollywood today, and as inenvious a task as he had in replacing a beloved actor as this was, he is pulling it off with a quirkiness and intelligence that made William Peterson one of our favorites.
His ending scene with George Eads ["Nick Stokes"] in "Turn Turn Turn" was some of the best acting I have seen in this complete series. Eads has matured in his role over the years, and his portrayal of complete frustration and dismay over losing a young teen girl to a tragic death was absolutely wonderful.
Perhaps the remaining actors upon the departure of Peterson, Fox, and Gary Dourdan will now have the freedom to expand their characters in a way that was previously not availed to them; time will only tell. But a veteran like Fishburne, with 2 Emmys and an Oscar Nomination under his belt, cannot be a bad addition to an already excellent cast.
Like all things in life, "The Show must go on."
Five Stars again, for CSI, Las Vegas.
After a crappy Season 8, C.S.I. returns better than ever!
Michael Pettinato | U.S.A. | 02/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my review of Season 8, I stated that it was time to end this show, & in some ways I still think it has run its course, however this Season really impressed me, at first I was not going to get it, but after catching a few episodes on "SpikeTV" I knew I had to get it, & it was definately a vast improvement over Season 8, this one begins where Season 8 left off with the death of Warrick & the team's attempt to take down the bad cop responsible, like Season 8's opener where they search for Sara, they do the same here, searching for Warrick's killer, Sara Sidle(Jorja Fox) returns breifly to attend Warrick's funeral, but leaves yet again, Grissom(William Peterson) leaves also after 10 episodes, at first I balked at the idea of him leaving, after all, him, Sara, & Warrick were my three favorite characters on this show, however, the beautiful Lauren Lee Smith as new C.S.I. Riley(replacing Warrick) quickly made me forget about Jorja Fox, Smith is so easy on the eyes, they had better not even think of getting rid of her!, & I quickly to my suprise warmed up to Lauarence Fishburne as Ray Langston, true, no one can ever replace Grissom, but unlike many believe, I don't think Fishburne or the writers had that intent, his Ray Langston is a character in his own right, & I believe that Fishburne was a good choice, he is after all a great actor, & this role fits him perfectly, he has definately come a long way since playing a thug in "Death Wish II" or Ike Turner in "Whats love got to do with it", to the "Matrix" or Tom Cruise's arrogant boss in "Mission Impossible III", here, he proves once again how versatile an actor he is, all in all, this Season 9 brings the glory of C.S.I. back, no ridiculous episodes this time around, a must for any fan."