CSI: NY Seasn Finale Review: "Exit Strategy"

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There was a lot about "Exit Strategy" that felt more like a series finale than a season finale. The way it ended, with Mac Taylor's speculation about whether he had done his part, felt like a wave goodbye from.

Adam and Mac

But let's not dwell too much on what could be and focus on what was a very good episode.

The opening was shot like a dream sequence, replete with a foreboding mood. Mac managed to keep his life after a suspect got the drop on him, and the gun being used miraculously jammed. The escape from death prompted Mac to reopen the one remaining unsolved case on his desk, and in true CSI:NY fashion Mac reached his goal.

There were so many moments that defy mere summation. A look, a glance, the way sound was used to heighten what Mac was feeling as he trudged forward on this case all made for excellent storytelling. I've always been a fan of Mac, and this story had me completely invested in the final outcome. 

Jo used her super power of being able to read people well, except in one instance. She said she knew Mac pretty well, and while she may have the basics of his character down I can't quite believe she knows him that well. The character really hasn't been around long enough for that. Other than that, the way Jo was able to get the suspect's girlfriend to open up was an excellent example of how she can be skilled and still be believable.

The dynamic between Wes, one of the robbers, and Olivia, the young girl he kidnapped, was quite moving. It's hard to say exactly why Wes kept Olivia with him for so long, but it was nice to see that he was good to her. I did get a little choked up when Wes was dying and told Olivia that she shouldn't be sad because she finally got to go home.

There wasn't a lot of room for side plots, but in a couple of scenes Danny's future plans took shape. He took the sergeant exam and passed. The promotion would likely mean he wouldn't get to work at the lab, so it became a telling moment.

The banter between Lindsay and Danny was very amusing, even if Danny's Pacino impersonation could use some work. It was a nice break from the heavier drama.

It's too bad the rest of the cast couldn't have had a few more moments. Sheldon and Sid only really appeared in the ending montage. Flack was present for a good chunk of the case, but only in the most meager supporting rolls. And poor Adam basically had a momentary sight gag.

I hope this isn't the end of CSI: NY. However, if it is, it's an ending I can live with. There aren't really any loose strings, only the melancholy of wondering what could have come next.


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (96 Votes)

I could never imagine Mac leaving the show!The lab,the whole show,even,it won't be the same if Mac leaves!


does anyone know what the song is at the end ?


it has been picked up for next season


I love CSI-NY, but if it continues, I wish they would get rid of Jo's character, I just can't stand her. Please get rid of her, her character is really is not needed and besides I loved Stella!!!! Bring back Stella!


it didn't look like he was leaving he was just questioning why he was doing all this but in the end he seems to find the reason again. the guy that got the promotion might be leaving or just become a recurring character. i hope its not done its one of the few shows on tv now a days i even watch


It cetainly felt like a "goodbye" episode. If Mac really is gone, I hope they don't come back with Jo in the lead. When Gill left CSI in Vegas Catherine took over and we had a lot of history with her as she had with the whole cast. We have no such history with Jo and I always resented her interaction with Mac as "I know you, etc." unless there was a backstory we weren't given. If it's indeed gone, let it rest in peace after this wonderful episode.


I agree, Xoxodanielle. It was bittersweet. In fact, that's exactly what I was thinking as the episode neared the end. If this ends up being the final CSI:NY episode altogether, then it's a fitting way to end the series. But whether CSI: NY is canceled or renewed, one thing is for certain: eventually - and inevitably - the series will be over. Nevertheless, the series has more than enough episodes to live on in second-run syndication. With the uncertainty as to the fate of CSI: NY, the producers were wise not to take any chances. When you're doing a long-running TV show, and it begins to reach the point where its fate becomes uncertain, it would be sensible to hedge your bets. That way, you avoid the horror of ending a season with a cliffhanger, only to have the series canceled with no opportunity for a resolution.


I feel like Mac was saying goodbye, and Danny was saying goodbye too. I too cried when Wes was dying, it was refreshing, to see a bad guy not potrayed as a monster. Good finale.


I hope not, but i have a feeling that mac will leave the show by the end of this season.


this was a great episode. It did seem like the series finale instead of season finale. I hope thats not the case. Too great of a show to go off now. Best of the CSI shows. TV Fanatics needs to put a picture of the newest cast, which of course is the majority of them...but include Sela Ward. She will be a good added addition. I agree with the comment that she can't truly say she knows Mac, cause she hasn't had time to get to know him. But that could happen!!!

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CSI: NY Season 7 Episode 22 Quotes

Olivia Dalton: He's twelve
Wes Dillon: So, what are you saying, that I'm too old, that I couldn't take him?
Olivia Dalton: Okay, yeah, go beat hm up for me, but leave me the last punch.

Mac: I've done a lot of good
Jo: Yeah.
Mac: Maybe I've done my part.