Saturday, May 17, 2008

TV Review CSI:NY "Taxi"


New Yorkers always have an opinion, and this time is no exception. For weeks, a serial killer has yet to be caught. Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) feels heat from all sides. Considering it's only one person, citizens are not sympathetic.

The problem partly comes from the killer's assumed character, a cab driver. Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) and Det. Jessica Angell (Emanuelle Vaugier) close, but to no avail.

The dead man is from New Jersey, which brings Quinn Shelby (Kristen Dalton) on board. She and Mac both applied to head the crime lab. Mac needs all help he can get. When Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) completes his autopsy, he says the latest victim does not fit with the others. He died due to mistaken identity. The true cabbie killer remains at large.

Jordan Gates (Jessalyn Gilsig Nip/Tuck), the mayor's top security person, finds Mac and Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) to demand how information withheld by the police turned up on a blog. She tells Mac if his department leaked, she cannot help.

Mac confronts Reed Garrett (Kyle Gallner Big Love), who wrote the post. Reed is the son Mac's late wife, Claire, gave up for adoption years ago. The relationship has been awkward, but now egos clash. Mac thinks what Reed wrote led to murder. Reed is being careful, but does not understand about confirming before printing.

Quinn gets a warrant for Reed's arrest if he does not share his source. Mac has an hour before she uses it. When Reed does not come to the new meeting, Mac goes to his apartment. The backpack left behind says something's amiss, big time! Could Reed be a victim of the cabbie killer?

It takes a while, but Mac and his team manage to find where Reed is held prisoner. The killer gets away, but not for long. A deranged man calling himself Charon was killing those he thought deserved it.

Finally! This should have ended already, but at least the storyline is over. The heart stopping capture was solid CSI NY style. Any trial will be difficult to defend with the mountain of evidence.
Kyle Gallner and Gary Sinise make a terrific team. All they truly have in common is a deceased woman, but they are pretty close in personalities. Both have a point - Reed should have ethics of a higher caliber, but Mac needs to be more tolerant. It's nice to see he cares. He fights crime because those who commit it broke the law, and require justice.
I do have a question, though - why did the promos for this episode say Reed was Mac's son? It's not true. Someone should have caught the error before it got on the air.
Truth came as a shock to Quinn and Jordan over Reed. Why? At least Quinn had a reason; she knows emotions can impair professionalism. It wasn't any of Jordan's business, which Stella implied.
Angell and Flack are partners? This could be interesting....

prior published on blogcritics.