CSI: NY “Scared Stiff” Review

CSI: NY "Scared Stiff" (CBS)

CSI: NY “Scared Stiff” Season 7 Episode 8 – Oh CSI: NY, why must you be so tacky? Why? Opening scene: haunting, beautiful. A girl in a white dress curled up on the morgue table, dead, eyes wide and seeing something no one else could. As Sid straightens her out, the sounds of groaning bones and stiff flesh is just grotesque. And then the writers have to ruin it all, don’t they: they have to make sure that Sid speaks. The entire scene and opening of the episode is just ruined with the stupid, insufferably duh line: “Unofficially it looks like our Jane Doe was scared to death.”

It was also an episode for ghost stories and ghosts and computer generated ghosts on ice, which was quite possibly the stupidest thing I’d ever seen, and I’ve watched all eight episodes this season.

I also have to say I was not one bit impressed with Lindsay’s partnering skills: where was she when Mac was chasing a possible killer through Central Park? Stuck staring at some Halloween decoration. And for how long did Mac stare up at the sky, watching the rain, until he finally called in the photographers before the evidence was wiped by the rain?

When Lindsay says, “Listen, I’m smart, I’m really smart,” you know she’s not out to make friends. Actually she’s making enemies, as in, wow that was an arrogant and annoying thing to say, I was sort of indifferent about you, Lindsay, now that line echoes in my mind every time I see your face and I think “good job writers. Once again.” Let’s face it: unless you’re Robert Carlyle, you cannot say something like that.

The CSI team come across a video which is very convenient as it tracks the victim’s final lap of life (I know, you don’t have to tell me. That’s horrific.)

I thought that the funeral director killer was sufficiently creepy, especially when they found him chilling (heh) in one of those body drawers (I’m sure there’s a proper term: help, anybody?)

It would have been a pretty half decent episode, but the computer animated ice skating ghosts made it just awful.

So, what did you think? Did the ice skating ghosts ruin it for you, or was it the information that white is so pure it’s not a color that sealed the deal? Sound off in the comments below!

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