CSI: MIAMI “Special Delivery” Review

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CSI: Miami “Special Delivery”, Season 9 Episode 17 – This week’s episode of CSI: Miami, “Special Delivery”, marks the third straight episode NOT starting with a party scene! Instead we get a montage of a playboy delivery guy delivering a lot more than packages to a bunch of attractive Miami housewives. It’s still an opening scene involving attractive people being all sexy-like with each other set to music, but still technically not a party scene! Woo hoo! Let’s keep this streak going, guys! Yes we can!

Eagle-eyed readers will undoubtedly notice how often I reference my favorite show, Breaking Bad, in my reviews. I was excited several weeks ago when Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris showed up on CSI, so I was pumped when Raymond Cruz (Tuco Salamanca from Breaking Bad) appeared as the first suspect. I freaking love this guy. He’s as type-cast as they come, but I thought he was amazing as Tuco on Breaking Bad, and also pretty great in “Training Day”. The scene from the Breaking Bad season one finale where he beats his crew member to death with his bare hands gives me chills just thinking about it. What I’m saying in summary is that you people need to go out and watch that show!

Anyway, back to the show I’m reviewing! I personally found it a bit confusing to follow, which is rare for CSI: Miami episodes. I thought it was a bit clumsy how all of the victims deaths were tied together into this weird, overarching drug trafficking story. At first I thought the dead woman underneath the bleachers was just going to be a completely separate crime, but they kind of shoehorned in a bunch of random deaths together all under the overall umbrella of this drug story. Oh, and the fitting together of all of the boxes to figure out how tall the attacker was? Baloney. No way that ever works. I don’t know, the whole episode just ended up feeling way too far-fetched and convenient, even for an episode of CSI: Miami.

I thought it was pretty funny in the last scene when Sean, the killer, told Horatio that if he didn’t kill all those people then they wouldn’t have brought the drug dealers to justice. And what was H’s witty retort? “Fair enough.” Really? Usually he beats suspects within an inch of their life just to teach them a lesson and make them repent for their sinful ways, but he basically validates this kids reasons for doing all of these unspeakable crimes. This was a pretty bogus way for him to react considering how hard nosed his character usually is.

Random Thoughts:

– That girl being crushed behind the bleachers reminded me of the ending of the 1998 Robert Rodriguez creature feature “The Faculty”. If you haven’t watched that movie, Netflix it immediately. Definitely worth it.

– Reason #4,562 that I love IMDb: Remember when I was gushing over Raymond Cruz’s role on this episode a little while ago? Turns out he was actually on the season 1 episode of CSI: Miami, “Hurricane Anthony”. He played the uncredited role of Martin Medesto. Not many people get two different roles on the same show!

– I’m a little nervous to refer Breaking Bad to you guys so much. I’m afraid it will ruin TV for you, as nothing else will compare.