CSI Review: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"

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Every so often, CSI goes for a lighter touch. Sometimes it's successful, and sometimes it's a mess of zombie jokes and puns about the psychedelic sixties. Guess which one "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead" turned out to be?

It's understandable that, to keep suspense built and viewers eager in the aftermath of Nate Haskell's escape, ploys would be used... but zombies? Really? Has the creative team run out of ideas?

From Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead

The zombie phenomenon was explained away as merely the after-effects of a paralytic neurotoxin mixed with psychotropic drugs. The three students involved - two of which were proclaimed dead, only to rise up and lurch away - were continuing the pseudoscience research into the afterlife once conducted by Dr. Elliot Davis Aden.

Dr. Aden ended up being really nothing more than a walking cartoon of purple prose. He was presented as a clown, and when it came time to see him as dark and menacing, it was hard to take him seriously. Impossible, really.

I'm hard pressed to believe that - even with the aid of a paralytic - trained professionals would not notice that someone was actually alive. Ray spotted pupil dilation on Dr. Aden at the very end of the episode, so why didn't the paramedics?

Oh, that's right, Doc Robbins made it clear that the paramedics in question are slightly negligent. The paramedic didn't have her equipment properly calibrated, which was meant to lead the audience to believe she was incompetent. The paramedic in question doesn't even really get in trouble. She just got a stern talking to that turned into yet another undead joke.

I did appreciate the two minutes taken at the beginning of the episode to remind me that one of worst serial killers in history had escaped. It actually would have been nice to see some of the manhunt in action, even as a secondary story. The extra focus could have been used to shed light on Ray's emotional state, instead of the fleeting angry looks and a mini pep talk by Doc Robbins about the dangers of the good being dragged into the dark.

What did everyone else think?


Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (28 Votes)

this episode was probably lost on anyone not familiar with dr Richard Alpert's (not the guy from "Lost") work. It made a lot more to those who get the references. Really an off"beat" episode.


howard hesseman. most widely known as dr johnny fever from wkrp in cincinnati


A few years ago I'd have to pay someone for this ionframtoin.


I've tried to find out who was the actor playing dr. Aden. First I thought it was Anthony Quinn. But he died in 2001. Can somebody tell me.


Lately I'm becoming disappointed with the show. I've never seen a show do such a fine job of making paramedics look like idiots when I venture to say that not 1 producer of this show has any clue about what paramedics really go thru for their licensure or education (FYI Paramedic Continuing education is more extensive than any nurse).. I have seen so many episodes where the paramedics are always questioned for doing something wrong.. and this last episode.. I've never seen a "pitch" on a monitor let alone that kind of monitor.. gimme a break. I've been a medic for 14 years.. in fact, I haven't seen a half way accurate portrayal of paramedics since 1972 EMERGENCY with Johnny and Roy..and a lot has changed sine then.. It's sad, but producers are flat out idiots..


Can we get rid of Langston, seriously doesn't add anything to the show maybe a snore!


It was not one of the best shows so far. It seemed a little disjointed. Now when will we ever get rid of Suacidal (That would be Sarah). She was only supposedly coming back for an occasional show and she has been in almost every one. Please, please, please can we be done with her. She adds nothing to the show and if we are not ever going to see Grissom again (on a permanent basis), all ties need to be cut. Bye, bye Sarah - Puhleeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!


Awful Awful Awful. What used to be a good show has turned into stupif plot lines. Time to close up shop


There were some good lines in this one--Sara's comment of: "About five nine" was unexpected with her straight faced delivery and ended up being one of the best lines of the episode.
But overall, a "ho-hum" story. Not that the hunt for Nate Haskell would be any better--I'd like to see Langston leave on a nationwide hunt for the guy and neither is ever seen again. With all the recent push for "celebrity" stars, I don't know why CSI did not get Max Brooks to write this, or at least show up as the celebrity star-walk-on! The story would have been so totally funny with his story of zombies.


Sometimes these lighthearted episodes get a bit cheesy but it's one of the reasons why I like the show so much.

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CSI Season 11 Episode 16 Quotes

Sara: DMV facial recognition?
Nick: Yeah, it's worth a shot. You know, I considered call the DMV. I mean half the people that work up there are the walking dead anyway. Maybe they'd recognize this guy.

Greg: Dead rising, birds falling from the sky, fish dying in rivers, should we be looking for the anti-Christ to be making an appearance?
Ray: Haskell being on the loose is enough to fill that quota.