CSI: NY “Do or Die” Review

CSI: NY “Do or Die”, Season 7 Episode 17 – With another well-done intro, this week’s installment of CSI: NY gave us a great introduction into what kind of school we were dealing with, as well as showing us the deplorable type of students that attend Archford Academy. These kids were out of control! They were doing drugs in the bathroom, having sex on campus, and cheating on tests! So…basically just regular high school students, right?

As I said on my review of the recent CSI: Miami episode, “Stoned Cold”, teenagers are very tricky to write for. You run the risk of sounding like an adult writing what you think teenagers sound like, or you make the teenagers sound too adult. This episode fell firmly into the latter category, making most of the teenagers sound far more well-spoken than they should. The biggest culprits of this were Benjamin Gold and Emmy, although the writing wasn’t as distracting as it was on “Stoned Cold”.

A.J. Buckley’s lab geek Adam is becoming a really endearing character. They really seem to be singling him out as the comic relief, and it’s working. I loved how his voice cracked when he was trying to explain that he found sand from Mars on Olivia’s clothes. On the other hand, though, we’ve got Dr. Snappy-Glasses. What a creep. If I walk in on a coroner staring wistfully at a dead body of a 16-year-old girl, he gets fired. Snap your glasses off and get out of here!

“Do or Die” ended up being a pretty by-the-books high school jealousy case. It was nothing that we haven’t already seen on every “high school” episode of a procedural, and that’s disappointing. I couldn’t believe it took them so long to even consider the fact that Olivia would be the one who was cheating. This made it all the more unrealistic that they could crack the case based almost entirely on a look that Emmy gave Olivia that happened to be captured in a random yearbook picture.

It was still an entertaining enough episode. CSI: NY usually has very strong episodes compared to the other CSIs, so I’ll give it a pass for this sub-par episode.

Random Thoughts:

– Is “Ass print” the scientific term for what they found on the table in the library?

– Wouldn’t it be easier to just study the Cold War instead of painstakingly custom printing a water bottle wrapper with the answers to the test?

– My favorite high school movie/TV show cliche is that it seems like the most attractive people on the screen are always playing the “unpopular” characters. In real life, Emmy would be the cat’s meow because she was super hot and smart. However, in the TV world the fact that she had dark hair and wore hoodies made her a “weirdo”. Whatever.