They’re back! CSI: Vegas is a continuation of the original franchise show. However, trying to mix old and new wasn’t a stunning success.
I was excited when I heard that CSI is back! Featuring an all-new cast, CSI: Vegas brings some of the original cast from the franchise trailblazer CSI to establish its roots in one of the most successful shows in recent history. Which CSI fan doesn’t know William Petersen‘s Gil Grissom? Jorja Fox‘s Sara Sidle? Or even Wallace Langham as David Hodges? However, what I watched wasn’t what I expected to see.
Lead by the amazing Paula Newsome as Maxine Roby, the show starts around 10 years after the end of the original run. Jim Brass (from the original characters) gets attacked and the new CSI lab is investigating. Without spoiling much, we get a reunion that turns into more than a 1-time thing.
Here’s to hoping that CBS doesn’t just cancel the show. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good start for a revival, but there are too many loose screws. I love the new lab geeks (most of them at least) and I’m a huge fan of the new lab chief. However, the stakes weren’t high enough this season to help new viewers connect to the show.
CBS should consider moving the show to Paramount+ and go all in with real stakes that help us connect. Can’t wait to see what’s next. The show obviously have a lot of potential.
Should you watch it?
As much as I loved to see the characters I grew up with, balancing old and new just didn’t work this time. It’s obvious that the new showrunners are trying to establish a season arc for each character while keeping the monster-of-the-week system that made the original show so good. It just didn’t work for some reason.