If you just started watching CSI in the last four years, you may not be familiar with Warrick Brown. He is the only original character who was actually killed.
Hence the emotion and surprise on "Fallen Angels" as we caught up with Warrick’s widow Tina and his son Eli.
Right off the bat, it was clear that Tina was not doing well. She may have survived Warrick’s death, but she wasn’t living. Surprisingly, Eli seemed to be doing okay, even given the environment in which he was living. I love that they found a kid with the same kind of hair as Gary Dourdan, it really made him feel like Warrick’s son.
Then again, I guess Eli would be doing alright with someone like James Newman watching over him. It was pretty clear that James was a bit out of his element when it came to trying to play guardian angel, but his heart was in the right place.
The surprising character for me was Aaron Voss. The first time we meet him he is cool, collected and very well spoken. It was a refreshing change from the stereo-typical “drug lord” who speaks in slang, disrespects authority and struts around.
I actually liked Voss to some degree at the end. Voss had been protecting his son from a distance and allowed James to think Warrick was somehow still watching over him. Voss did some bad things for good reasons. Tina isn’t losing her home, she’s off drugs and James seems to be making something of himself.
Granted, we didn’t see the drug lord side of Voss, so I can’t comment on him as a whole. I wished we had learned more about what Voss was actually doing beyond Brass and Nick giving vague references to getting away with stuff, but that’s pretty minor.
My only real disappointment was that didn’t use any stock footage of Warrick. Having Sarah talk about the stereo he bought was not as helpful as a flashback to Dourdan would have been.
Overall, it was one of the better episodes this season. I’m giving it 4.5 guardian angels for letting us believe for a short while that Warrick still might be protecting people from the spirit world.
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.