CSI: NY “Air Apparent” Review

CSI: NY “Air Apparent” Season 8 Episode 5 – Man, I really loved the opening to this week’s installment of CSI: NY, “Air Apparent”. Maybe it was because it was produced so well, or maybe it’s that all of the the parallels between Hank and Riley’s stories was great. Or maybe it’s just because I miss basketball so much with all of this talk of a lockout, but either way the opening scenes on shows like this rarely stick out, so it was a great way to begin the episode.

So this week’s episode revolved around Hank Frazier, a former basketball star who’s injury led to a dependence on drugs, and he’s been released from prison to spend more time with his little brother and girlfriend. However, his girlfriend is murdered shortly after his release and his brother blames him.

The whole crew immediately identifies Hank as the killer as his name was written in blood on the wall of the crime scene, but thankfully we can all immediately rule him out as the killer using the tried-and-true technique of “Wait, there’s still 40 minutes left in the episode! He can’t have done it!” I really hope that the writers of CSI: NY, and the rest of the CSI shows for that matter, realize how incredibly predictable it is when a killer is identified too early in the episode.

While the rest of the team is busy investigating this murder, we get a little side story this week involving Don and his sister Samantha. This seems to be somewhat of a new pattern this season: Focusing on the personal stories of the team members. The first episode showed us the personal story of where all of the team members were on 9/11, the second episode showed us Mac realizing he needs to come back to the crime lab, and the third and fourth episode showed the Messer family dealing with Danny being a sergeant, and now we see more about Don. I really didn’t care quite as much about this story as the previous ones, but I think it’s great that they’re trying to do something different. We know so little about all of these characters, so seeing a bit of their personal lives is always appreciated.

Back on the case, we find out that Riley’s coach was responsible for the murder. His motivation here was a little suspect to me. So he’s planting drugs on the older brother of a kid he’s trying to have succeed, so that the brother will go away and he can train the kid free of other influences. I’m not sure if sending somebody to jail made a lot of sense. Maybe talk to the guy first, try and come to an understanding. I mean, did he plant drugs on all of the older brothers of every other talented player that came through his team? We had no set-up to let us know that this run-of-the-mill basketball coach was capable of such evil.

Despite a suspect ending and some lackluster plot points, the personal focus on Don’s story, and the prospect of seeing more of his sister in the future, made this an overall solid episode of CSI: NY.

Random Thoughts:

– Dr. Snappy Glasses is at it again! After breaking his streak last week and actually NOT slapping his stupid glasses, he did it again this week! Glad to see him back!

– I could have done without the visual of the kitchen knife being slowly shoved through somebody’s body.

– It’s a good thing they had a laser/refractor/projector/hologram machine just lying around. I bet Adam thought “All right, we found a small shard of holographic plastic! I have the perfect machine that would only be helpful for that specific piece of material!”