The overarching story on CSI: Vegas revolves around former technician, David Hodges. He is accused of fabricating evidence on cases which, if found true, could reverse convictions throughout the years. The situation is grave enough that Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle return to clear the name of their colleague. Last week, the pair made some progress on the case and we find that Hodges isn’t as douchey as he was during the original series.
The case of the week in “Under the Skin” involves the murder of a night runner who happens to be behind one of the biggest MMORPGs on the market. One thing crime procedurals enjoy doing is drawing from current events for storylines. The plot explores the toxic video game culture and industry along with influencers. It also covers the high pressure to deliver the next big hit. This provides an interesting perspective on things. In addition, the use of several misdirects keeps the audience guessing but the episode does a good job foreshadowing the actual killer.
Some aspects of this storyline on CSI: Vegas weren’t as successful. It’s common for the franchise but any time the higher ups apply pressure on the team or want them to have a more public friendly persona and hold press conferences becomes tired. Furthermore, though the show does draw on actual science, there is a ridiculous reach to what can be obtained through 3D printing.
For the season long plot, the episode is building the drama for what’s to come. There is a political battle against internal affairs that could take the case outside of the crime lab’s investigation. It also puts a face on the antagonist, Nora Cross. From the investigative end, our legacy characters are a little older than when we first met them. It could be deteriorating health or a case of land sickness since he’s spent most of his recent time on the ocean, but Grissom is dealing with something. If he’s not on top of his game, Hodges could be in real danger.
This week’s CSI: Vegas delivers an interesting current and relevant case while building potential drama for David Hodges.
CSI: Vegas airs Wednesday nights on CBS.
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