While it will be too bad not to have Mr. Eads's pretty face to watch any more, I think the turnover in staff at the lab makes the show reflect reality in a way that a lot of shows with an unchanging office cast do not. I spent fifteen years at my last office job, and the staff turnover due to retirement, moving, promotion, firing, transfers, illness, marriage, childbirth, etc., was constant. We also had several individuals who left for one reason or another, and who then returned as new hires. CSI has had characters die, leave for better jobs, leave for sabbaticals, leave to get married -- the only one I did not particularly like was Dr. Ray Langston. I disagree with the previous commenters. I think the turnover keeps the show fresh, and I like the different skills brought in by the new characters. I like the blood spatter specialist (Finn Finlay); I like the humanizing effect his daughter has had on Conrad Ecklie. I agree that it appears that CBS is trying to strangle this show on the vine, to kill it without getting the blame. I think that is pretty bush league of them.
That would indeed be an interesting caution to those so foolish as to not get vaccinated against things for which there are vaccines. Spanish Flu is not one of them. I believe that I read or saw a piece a decade or so back about the US government having stockpiled a sample of this specific flu virus which they discovered that they had, unintentionally. (The discovery, not the stockpiling.) It is put aside against the day that they may find it necessary to make a vaccine for it, or a related virus. It was a long time ago, so I don't remember the details any more. Given her history, I very much doubt Audrey has ever been vaccinated against anything. You're right. That had not occurred to me.
Nicky embodies the mindset "I am 17 years old, so I know everything." She is tiresome.
I hope it is not the Spanish flu. NASTY disease. My grandmother's older sister died of it.
It was the over the top gay cliches which really turned me off in the first three episodes. I have several gay friends, and if they had not mentioned it, one would not know, because they are regular people, just like blacks, redheads, science fiction fans, chefs, paraplegics, and females. One of my friends is a professional drag queen, and when not in drag, you would see none of those ridiculous mannerisms they have the gay characters using on the first three episodes. It is offensive in the extreme, and I am not gay. Just offended. If they do not cut that out, then the show will tank, because that time has PASSED.
Last night I watched the first three episodes online, and I was planning to never see the show again. Your review has convinced me to give it another look.
Abby is a dedicated bowler. She bowls with nuns. It is one of her occasionally-mentioned outside activities, from as far back as the episode where she had a crazy stalker, who wanted to kill her because he was confused about her "character" in McGee's books. Cover Story, episode 20, season 5. It has been mentioned since then, so it is an ongoing activity.
His son, accidentally, in anger. He did not realize that the crossword master had Alzheimer's, and had forgotten their appointment. I do not know the law well enough to figure what the charge would be, but it was not murder. His son was the young man writing the book about him. The child had been given up for adoption when his mother died in childbirth.
There is a new episode next Tuesday.
That has to be one of the stupidest laws on the books. There is no excuse for it. The Navy, and the training inherent in the position, is not inferior to the other services, and there is no logical reason for a corpsman to not be considered the equal of an Army or Air Force corpsman. Does that require a Congressional bill to change the law? If so, we are so screwed. I did not like it when Abby called out Tony on Ziva, and I did not like it this time around when McGee called out Abby on Bert. But then, I am very fond of people minding their own business. Little drama in that, and it is a dramatic show. That lady lawyer would be a good match for Gibbs. I like her.
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