CSI Review: Taking Care of Family

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CSI started the season off with "Karma to Burn," picking up where we left off back in May with DB's granddaughter having been kidnapped, Ecklie having been shot protecting Morgan and McKeen somehow behind it all. 

So let’s get into it!

First, I’m thrilled that Ecklie survived the shooting and that it actually has brought him and Morgan even close together. Morgan has quickly become one of my favorite characters and her effect on the formerly stern and stoic Conrad Ecklie has me glued to their storyline. 

How Far Will Russell Go?

Finn, on the other hand, decided it was a good idea to go with a suspected dirty cop into an area where her phone doesn’t work and without any form of sidearm. While she did find DB's granddaughter, had Moreno not shown up when he did, she would have paid for that stupid decision with her life. I will admit I'm curious to see where her relationship with Moreno goes. We never see much in the way of romance on CSI, so maybe we'll see Finn and Moreno's relationship take shape.

Nick is staying... as if anyone ever doubted. I did like the banter between him and Sarah about the different ways they have quit (or tried to quit). So I’m glad we aren’t losing another CSI agent after Catherine’s departure last year; in fact if you watch the opening credits, Henry (Jon Wellner) was added to them right beside Hodges. 

Speaking of Hodges, he apparently is quiet the ladies’ man. Who knew, right?!? It certainly caught me off guard. I figured Morgan would end up kissing Greg before anyone else. Then again, the writers owe Hodges after the quick departure of Wendy before that romance could fully develop.  

Overall, though, the feel for this premiere felt a bit different than what we got last year as the normally cool, calm and collected DB Russell was much more angry and rattled. I hadn’t realized what a rock he had become for the viewing audience to anchor during the normal craziness of the case each week. 

I’m hoping that with McKeen heading off to solitary confinement that DB and the rest of the team can settle in and get back to the rhythm that we all go use to last season. Personally, I’m excited to see where season number lucky 13 takes us. Not many shows get this far, and CSI is only in its stride.


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While not totally disappointed, I am tired of the "CSI in harm's way" that has taken over this show. They are not cops--PLEASE stop acting like one! Finn is Catherine on steroids--do not care for her. The entire Morgan and Ecklie concept is just too much to even think about--Ecklie works better as the snarky boss. And while its nice to have a mention of family, I'm not too fond of this whole "DB has a big family and we get to meet them" theme. Get back to investigating the crime!
And why don't we see more of Greg? He's a shadow of his former-self!


The past few weeks i managed to watch all CSI episodes. And season 12, Ecklie REALLY grew on me !!! And Morgan, from season's 11 finale, she became a favorite ! Gosh the girl is cool ! And yes, I thought her and Greg would finally hit it off, but nope, Hodges !!! I don't know... I liked him better with Wendy... Anyways, we'll see !
Season 12 finale was one of the bests in my opinion, and this premiere did it justice. Finn, girl I like you being hardcore and all, but dumb... HELLOOOO !!!! Anyways, Moreno and her, definitely want MORE !
I love the fact that we can see more of DB's family. I love them all already ! But hated his "inside reality vision", fooled me everytime !
Nick, quitting? yeah right ! Enjoyed Sarah and him bickering, very family like ! Catherine's departure was a very bad memory, so wouldn't have been able to stomach another one...
Really can't wait for more of this season !!!!


I like the new csi now. You see the personal sides of DB, Morgan, Hodges........... Esp. show casing DB's family and his relationship with his wife and family. I like shows that leave with the audience the importance of relationship bondings and value in family, friends, co-workers, etc, etc.


I liked the actress who plays Morgan in that Miami hospital show and I like her in this. I also like that somebody as annoying and yet considerate and caring, despite his unjustified opinion of himself, like Hodges could have had the relationship (especially Star Trek) with Wendy and now seems to have wedged his way into Morgan's orbit as well. Good for him! It actually seems believable to me.


Good Job CSI you have redeem yourself and made the show cool again I though for sure the show would go off the air because of the shippers

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CSI Season 13 Episode 1 Quotes

McKeen: Is DB on board with this, cause I think he's going to want to talk to me.
Brass: [slams him against the wall] If anything happens to that little girl, I've got people too.

Finn: Thanks for saving my life.
Moreno: You knew I would.