'CSI: Miami - The 10th and Final Season'
(David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn, Jonathan Togo, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / Paramount Pictures)
Overview: Join lead criminalist Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and his state-of-the-art forensics team as they investigate hot and steamy Miami crimes using cold hard facts. The evidence leads into seedy nightclubs, privileged suburbs and explosive family secrets. The stakes are higher than ever before, because this time it's personal.
DVD Verdict: In truth, and to my mind, 'CSI Miami' always had an edge on the other two CSI shows. It was a little more police story-minded, instead of being too heavy on the lab work. The shows were more character driven and let the viewer know more about their lives. Some story lines actually evolved from their history which was always a nice touch to delve into.
Again, and to my mind only, the scope of the show was larger and the stories more interesting than the other two. The original CSI died when William Petersen left it, and CSI: NY is good, but a weaker version of Miami - and just has WAY too much lab work to slow it down!
Anyway, moving on to this 10th and final season (a cancellation that was inexplicable to me and a lot of others fans of the inpressive, high quality show), everyone was on top form, but it was cut short! Finishing after 19 episodes instead of the usual 24, we were robbed of five (5) episodes, but at least got an ending - of sorts! [Which I won't give away, have no fear!]
In the season opener, 'Countermeasures,' Horatio's and Natalia's lives hang in the balance, as Horatio stands between Natalia and certain death. Other fav episodes from this final season were 'Blown Away,' where a tornado touches down on a murder scene, damaging the evidence and putting Ryan and Walter in grave danger; 'Look Who's Taunting,' where the team chase a sadistic killer who takes women's eyes + and a new nemesis challenges Horatio; 'By The Book,' where in a deserted mansion, the CSIs find a body hanging that appears to have been killed by a vampire; 'Dead Ringer,' where Horatio finds another corpse with missing eyes and everything points to his new nemesis, "The Taunter"; and then both 'Terminal Velocity,' where a skydiver is murdered and the CSIs discover that he has more than 100 children and all of them are suspects, and the series-ending 'Habeas Corpse,' where one of the CSI's biggest enemies is murdered and Horatio must determine which of his team members is a suspect. Inclusive of such notable Guest Stars as both Raquel Welch and Malcolm McDowell, these are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
A Perfect 10 Featurette
Miami Meets Mother Nature Featurette
A "Tripp" To The Set Featurette
The Miami Look Featurette
Audio Commentaries: "Look Who's Taunting" and "Long Gone"