Whoa! .. best of the first eight seasons for sure!!
One of the best seasons of the series yet
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 07/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Warning: slight spoilers ahead.
You'd figure that for a show going on it's eighth season (a season shortened by the WGA strike to boot) that things would get a bit stale to say the least, especially considering the horde of network TV imitators to pop up since it's original inception. Fear not, C.S.I. still manages to keep going strong, and it picks up by grabbing the viewer by the throat and not letting go either. Grissom (William L. Petersen) and his team race against time to find and save Sara (Jorja Fox) as her life hangs in the balance, which eventually leads up to her departure from Vegas, as well as a heartbroken Grissom. Things don't get much better for the crew as Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) receives a threat, and Warrick's (Gary Dourdan) life begins to spin out of control, leading him to be charged for murder, and concludes in the explosive season finale which only promises more changes to come. While some moments may come off as a bit hackneyed, C.S.I. manages to still be spectacular thanks to the depth that the principal characters get in this eighth season. Even lab-man Hodges (Wallace Langham) gets an episode to shine as he and the lab techs play some "murder games" in the inventive episode "You Kill Me". There's also a crossover with Without a Trace, as Grissom and FBI Agent Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) team up to solve a murder and kidnapping. All in all, C.S.I. still manages to wonderfully deliver the goods even in it's eighth season, and still remains the best prime time, network TV crime drama on the air today."
Brilliant again :-)
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 07/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My favourite show never fails to deliver the goods. This is a fantastic season, despite the depature of Jorja Fox (Sara). Surprisingly, there was hardly any fanfare when she left (not on screen anyway). Her relationship with Grisolm was only beginning to take off for the viewers and before it could really get off the ground, she was gone. In the first episode, Dead Doll, the team race against the clock to find Sara who has been left for dead in the heat of the desert. That was one of the best episodes. My next favourite episode was A La Carte where they investigate a beheaded teen from a go-cart accident. Then in Cockroaches and Lying Down With Dogs, we start to see Warrick in a whole different light - drugs and alcohol and he's framed for a murder in these two episodes. The final show for this season is called For Gedda in which Warrick is accused of murdering a famous Vegas gangster and even he is uncertain of his guilt or innocence. What happens at the end of this episode will leave every fan in shock (even though you've probably read about it or seen it already). I was devastated. This season gives us a real good look into more of the characters personal lives. The story lines always remain fresh and there seems to be no shortage of material and ideas for keeping us fans loyal. It remains my absolute favourite show and as usual, I cannot wait for it's release. I only hope that for a change, they'll put a synopsis on the dvd cover of each episode. Sometimes you go to look for a particular episode and don't know the name of it - only the storyline - which makes searching for it a little tricky, but despite this, it's always a good buy and I thoroughly enjoy re-watching these all. I hope you'll enjoy it too."
...if not for the price.
snoogins4life | 09/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"okay, some may say, "4 stars for a superb season of CSI?" well, as a season, CSI - The Complete Eighth Season is above a five star. with a gutwrenching opening episode in "Dead Doll". two of the funniest episodes ever in "You Kill Me" and "Two and a Half Deaths", the heartbreaking departure of one of our favorite CSI's (not saying for those who haven't seen), a terrific crossover episode with Without a Trace, and the scream inducing last minutes of the season in "For Gedda" where one of the CSI's life may and probably is over. so why 4 instead of 5 stars? The price. Seasons 1 - 7 all had around the same price, but seasons 1 - 7 had like 23 to 25 episodes each. Season 8 has only 17 episodes, only 5 discs and pretty much the same amount of extras as previous seasons. Okay, they do give us the Without a Trace crossover episodes in full, but $85 bucks guys? what are the discs made of? Gold? I love CSI more than any other show, but i'm very unhappy with CBS decision to make the dvd sets the same price as previous sets (Miami and NY both have the same pricing as prvious seasons as well.) I'm aware that the strike is to blame, but price the sets more to the content. say $65 for a short season. I'm just saying."
One of my favorite seasons
Kiki | Santa Barbara, California | 10/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tied with season six as my favorite. Sara's always been my favorite character, and I loved seeing her character even more this season, although she left in "Goodbye and Good Luck". I thought that episode, along with the season six episode, "The Unusual Suspect" was extraordinary."
Time to end this one, it has run its course....
Michael Pettinato | U.S.A. | 10/09/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first 7 seasons were always entertaining, the stories were always engaging, but with this Season 8, I felt a bit disappointed, Louise Lombard(female blond detective) & the other male detective(can't remember his name) are gone leaving only Brass as the lead detective who of course never fails to make me laugh with his one-liners, Sara Sidle(Jorja Fox) departs which was disappointing, Fox is what got me watching in the first place, never got tired of watching her, & Grissom who has always been somewhat one-dimensional becomes even more so, don't get me wrong I really like William Peterson as an actor, but his Grissom never seems to ever have the flair that David Caruso & Gary Sinise's characters have in the spin-offs "Miami" & "New York", not that this season is bad, it just to me wasn't engaging, I mean when people are bleeding what appears to be green blood, you know the show has run its course, or the one where Katy Segal is a muredered Hollywood star who had her assistant look like her & both were involved with a not-so-bright producer, & the episode itself plays like a sitcom, maybe the writer's strike had somthing to do with this, I don't know, & why do we always have to see a dead person's brain??? the spin-offs "Miami & NY" don't ever show this, why does this one??? somtimes I think the producers have a twisted sense of humor, the previous seasons did this too, enough with the brains already!!!!, also Warrick dies in the last episode, you know when cast members start leaving it can only mean that they feel the same way as I do, Warrick & Sara are two of my favorites on this show, & I am not even sure Season 9 is worth watching, especially considering that Grissom even leaves in Season 9, again this one has run its course, unlike its spin-offs which have not(yet), but unfortunately CBS is going to milk this show to death even though "Miami & NY" which have not run out of engaging stories(yet) could just as easily carry the network, but again, networks have lost their creative edge & can't really come up with anything new anyway, so they are going to milk the original C.S.I. to no end, there are some good episodes, the "Without a Trace" two-part episode is good as is the first 4 episodes of the season "Dead Doll", "a-la-cart", ETC, but the last few are just ridiculous."