Picks and Pans Review: C.s.i.
CBS (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET)
"I have a warrant for your toenails," a forensics specialist (William Petersen) informs a suspect in the Oct. 6 premiere of this drama series. Now there's a line you won't hear on just any old cop show. The Las Vegas police officers of C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigators) collect and analyze physical evidence, rather than chasing, punching or shooting bad guys. Not that violence and sleaze are neglected. The pilot uses lurid flashbacks to reconstruct the felonies.
A droll Petersen and dependable Marg Helgenberger head the competent cast, and the opener is offbeat enough to stimulate curiosity. But please don't overdo the camera tricks. I could have skipped that trip down the hole in a dead man's chest.
Bottom Line: Case remains open
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