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 hope it gets renewed for next year but if doesn't its sad great show.


holding on and letting go by Ross copperman :)
this episode was brilliant comparing to some others we saw this season- I cannot imagine this show without mac Taylor!!! although it became a little too monotonous...


For anyone who wants to know about the closing song in last nights episode it was "Holding on and letting go" by Ross Copperman. I think it was just a way to say goodby to Mac but will agree if it was the last of the series it was a great way to end it.


Last nights episode was great! I really hope this isn't the end either. The story with Mac was great, and I especially loved everything on Danny and Lindsay. I like how if this is the end, each character was given some sort of "closure"..


Great CSI:NY episode last night. Can anybody tell me what the closing song was last night?


It took me a long time to become a fan of CSI:NY, and I don't know why. But I've spent a good part of the last year catching up on old shows. Now I can't wait till Friday's when its on TV, so I hope it will continue. I'd be surprise because CBS has cancelled almost every other show I've watch over the past few years. As a side-note, I was a little happy to see L&O: LA get cancelled. It should never have left NY, but that's a different network.


I love CSI:NY and I cant wait to see if the show is renewed for another season. Although, I have both fingers crossed for a season 8, if it doesnt happen, I can live with this episode as a series finale :)


I hope this isnt the end, I dont want to say goodbye yet to this amazing, heart tugging series. Please let there be a season 8!


I'm pretty sure this was the series finale but it was a great episode. The song at the end was perfecly suited that tied up the episode nicely - the doors opening and closing line. It was so bittersweet. I don't see why there would be another season as much as I'd like one. Mac solved all his unsolved cases, danny got a promotion. It was just a great ending.

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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.