So-so finality to the CSI: Las Vegas series isn't really all that high on drama as much as it follows up on some stories needing closure. Suicide bombers in Vegas and how their terrorism is rather odd considering the people strapping on the C-4 vests
they don't carry the history of being the kind that would strap on such a bomb vest and threaten the lives of many innocent people.
The threat inside an elementary school play theater towards kids is certainly a frightening moment, and the bombing inside a casino (Paul Guilfoyle's former Homicide detective Jim Brass is a floor watchman in the casino, and later he is nearly burned alive) that starts the show is quite a kick off to the tele-movie. While the series concluded with Elizabeth Shue's CSI blood expert in a coma, this movie informs us with a closing scene with Ted Danson's Graveyard Shift CSI Lead, DB Russell, that she succumbed to her injuries
a definite downer considering the uplifting conclusion to Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle's (William Petersen and Jorja Fox) rocky, up and down, love story. This is certainly Gil's show. If you are a Danson fan, and he wasn't returning to star in CSI Cyber, this movie would have been disappointing because he spends most of his time in the lab and his office. Gil and Sara's relationship is front and center
Sara wants DB's job, and actually she succeeds in the promotion, but the love that exists with Gil might just have her rethinking what she wants in life. The show gives fans of Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) a satisfying conclusion to her story as well. She is with the FBI, returns to Vegas when she learns of her pops' casino's bombing, gets involved in the investigation (not getting in the way but helping wherever she can), and could just land DB's job if Sara decides to choose Gil over the promotion. Even better is Catherine's daughter, Lindsey, working in the Vegas lab. I really enjoyed Gil's scene with Lindsay investigating a luggage case. The culprit, a client of Lady Heather's, allows Gil to return to the lab and help the team
it also concludes the Gil and Lady Heather storyline as well in doing this plot. Sara and Heather's animosity (both are affectionate towards Gil) surfaces during interrogations/interviews and the way the terrorist threat involved Gil significantly makes sense considering the show wanted to end with beloved characters finishing their stories with completion.
Fans of the likes of Eric Szmanda, Elisabeth Harnois, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, and Jon Wellner shouldn't be too let down as each character gets their moment to help on the case. Harnois and Szmanda are part of a harrowing scene with Helgenberger regarding cars in a garage containing bombs threatening to blow up a building, Petersen and David Hall reunite to look at a prosthetic test dummy with a specific bee inside it, and Langham once again shares the screen with Gil, his idol, interrupting a *moment* with Sara. George Eades is certainly missed as his absence is unfortunate considering his ties to Catherine and Gil.
I think overall this gives long-term fans (like myself) a nice goodbye, and those characters we grew up with (I am 38 now and was 22 when it stared!) getting nice conclusions is gratifying. An iconic show that will stand the test of time.
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