Thursday, August 07, 2008

TV Review CSI:NY "Hostage"


Talk about starting your day with a bang! A bank holdup sends Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) racing to the scene along with SWAT. To nobody's surprise, there is a typical list of demands. What turns out to be unexpected is the asking for a CSI team to prove the dead body in the vault is someone else's fault.

Needless to say, Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinse) steps in. He wants a hostage released, and the man complies. Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) arrives shortly afterwards. Flack gets her up to date, but this is an untypical way to process evidence. Complicating matters is HRT Coomander Jackson (Roger Aaron Brown) the person in charge of getting everybody out, alive. Gung ho for action, he is not listening to Flack and Stella pleading for patience.

Inside the bank, Mac is doing his best to take control to avoid a bloodbath. He persuades "Joe" (Elias Koteas American Dad!) to send in a portable CT scanner so Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) can aid in a virtual autopsy. Since Mac previously sent them crime scene photos, they can tell exactly where to dig for bullets.

Somehow, both widowmakers entered the body at the same spot. knows Something is amiss, but help is needed to figure things out. Stella goes to the Department of Homeland Security where Brett Dunbar (Adam Baldwin Chuck) introduces her to a Kriss Super V.

Back at the lab, Adam Ross (AJ Buckley) examines a hair Mac slid in and sent along with the bullets. No hit in CODIS, the national database for DNA. This figures, Joe is clearly an amateur.

Mac soon realizes Joe is telling the truth about not being involved in the initial death. However, this does not explain much. Several phone calls suggest another person played a bigger role. Joe mentions a home invasion, with those responsible taking his family hostage unless he retreived a cell phone left at the bank. They both end up leaving the scene in an SUV. After Mac gets a news chopper to fly off, a glance in the rearview mirror spells trouble. Joe left a bullet in his gun. Could his sob story to Mac have been a lie?

Holy smoking guns, Batman! Due to a cliffhanger storyline, there is plenty to uncover. Joe may not mastermind, but he could be more involved. Mac is hardly stupid, but he might be too quick to sympathize.
Nice to see you, Adam! This DNA expert not only tests hair, but knows to look and check out who NYPD deals with. Sid and Hawkes working together is a fun touch. They help in the best way they know.
CSI:NY will begin its fifth season in September. First up is the conclusion to this episode, and a few things can be stated for sure. Gary Sinise is the lead actor, so he should come out intact. Lose the lead, lose the show. Internet rumor is suggesting someone closely related to a team member might have a part. Yes, I know who. This gives me an idea. Filming of three episodes will take place before the cast goes on hiatus. This can change information originally given, so I have to wonder if a certain guest star may return....

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