C.S.I. enters its ninth year and Part 1 carries straight on from the shocking finale at the end of season 8 with the murder of Warwick Brown. The other investigators are all devastated by what has happened and are more determined than ever to catch the killer, what they don't realise though is that he is one of their colleagues. A few episodes in and Riley Adams (Lauren Lee Smith) joins the team however due to the circumstances of her arrival, the others are a little hesitant to make her feel welcome at first. Also later in the series, Ray Langston (Lawrence Fishburn) begins to help the C.S.I's out with finding an accomplice of a notorious and imprisoned serial killer known as The Dick and Jane Killer, before becoming a permanent member of the team.
This is perhaps one of the most eventful seasons so far of the long running show and is also one of the most exciting. There's so many good episodes that are also perhaps the darkest writing I have seen yet in the show. As well as the fantastic season premiere and the excellent double episode "19 Down/One to Go" , a killer is leaving bodies around the city in natural, everyday poses where he believes he is doing it for art; a double-murder in a crowded street in Koreatown sparks the search for a missing child who witnessed what happened; a simple burglary case is overshadowed by a massive explosion at a house which is considered to be arson; a woman jumps to her death from a balcony for no apparent reason; a finalist in a reality TV show is found murdered and also Grissom attends the court hearing to see what the fate of Natalie Davis (AKA The Miniature Killer) will be whilst Nick and Hodges play mailbox baseball.
This is solid proof that this is the best crime drama on TV and that nothing comes close to its action and suspense. I've only reviewed the first 12 episodes in the season here (as that's all that is on the DVD) but have seen all 24 episodes and I can say that this season just gets better and better so is definitely worth a watch, especially for fans who have been watching the show from the start. A couple of old faces depart whilst some new one join, which I admit does take a bit to get used to but doesn't affect the quality at all, if anything it breathes new life into the long running show which reaches it 200th episode later in the season. A highly recommended purchase!
Season 9 of CSI has introduced some big changes to the CSI team. Starting from where season 8 left off, the team mourn their fallen member and hunt to find Warricks killer. A new character is introduced to fill Warricks place. Also this season Grissom departs for pastures new and he is replaced by Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) All in all this is a good season, however I was slightly disappointed with the season finale and felt it wasn't up to the usual standards we get from CSI.
More changes are ahead for CSI as the long-running crime drama enters it's ninth season with the death of CSI Warrick Brown, in one of the best episodes of the show. The season continues with the return and second send-off of Sara Sidle, and ultimately the departure of team leader Gil Grissom and the introduction of Laurence Fishbourne in Episodes 9+10.