CSI: The Ninth Season (Blu-ray Review)1 Oct, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
$99.99 six-disc DVD or Blu-ray
Stars Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, William L. Peterson.
Change is hard. For eight seasons we’ve watched pretty much the same gang of characters solve most every bizarre Las Vegas crime that crossed our paths. We’ve grown comfortable with them.
But now “CSI” has changed, and quickly. Over the course of just a dozen or so episodes in the eighth and ninth seasons, we’ve lost three of the characters we’ve known from season one, including quirky leader Gil Grissom (William Peterson).
Many long-running series have trouble sticking around after a large chunk of the main cast is replaced. Thankfully, “CSI” got an ‘A’-lister, introducing Laurence Fishburne’s college professor/MD character over a two-episode story arc. Fishburne is solid and creates his own odd, methodical, almost shy character, one very different from Grissom.
The decision against plugging in Fishburne’s character into Grissom’s spot, instead making the doctor a rookie investigator, causes mixed feelings. It’s a refreshing and entertaining turn to see a learned professor struggling in a new and often disgusting job.
Despite the revolving door of characters, season nine holds up well against previous seasons, with some excellent stories.
Unlike the season one Blu-ray, full 1080p is here for season nine, and it’s gorgeous. A full slate of high-def bonus features will keep you busy for a couple hours, and BD Live features include some outstanding interviews with cast members offering behind-the-scenes winks at the audience. The cast and crew mark their 200th episode in a featurette, and Peterson seems unsurprisingly nonchalant in his send-off featurette.