May 20 2005

Quentin Tarantino Visits CSI

I watch CSI each week, and normally I don’t say anything because it’s not THAT exciting of a show. (sorry folks, it’s the same thing each week) Well, I had some reservations about the scheme of Quentin Tarantino directing the season finale, but boy did it work.

Following the story of CSI Nick Stokes (played by George Eads) being kidnapped by a man who blames CSIs for putting his daughter in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Once kidnapped, Nick is buried alive in a coffin and it is up to Gil Grissom (played by William Peterson) and the other CSI’s to find him within 12 hours or pay the $1 Million ransom. Coming together with the money through CSI’s Catherine Willows (played by Marg Helgenberger) casino owning father. Grissom goes to pay the ransom, only to have the kdnapper blow himself up without revealing where he had Nick hidden.

I don’t want to recap the entire episode, but just say in general, I was really impressed. Instead of focusing all on process, we got to focus on people. Sure, there was some process shown, but in general this was much more a chance to interact with the characters and see how they relate to each other and do truly form a team.

And boy could you see the little touches of Quentin all over this epiosde. From Nick being buried in a coffin (think Kill Bill Vol 2), the use of a Dukes Of Hazard board game (Tarantino is well known as a collector of board games), use of music, black & white shots and even to a lawyer named “Boots”, this was very much a Tarantino production.

An all around exciting, nail biting and character driven 2 hours.

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