CSI Season 14 Review “Under a Cloud”

On the latest “CSI,” one of the main team got their own time under the microscope, while another faced down a potentially life-or-death situation involving a bomb, in “Under the Cloud.” Of course, it’s a time-honored tradition on crime procedurals that most everyone on the main team will be accused of a crime at some point, just as it’s just as likely that their life will be in jeopardy at some point, so that aspect of the show wasn’t that original, but I did like the way certain aspects of it were handled here.

For instance, in this case, it was Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) who was accused of planting evidence at a crime scene, in order to frame a likely suspect of a nasty rape/murder. Only it turned out that the accused in question was actually not guilty and had served seven years before DNA evidence proved someone else was responsible. Now free, the formerly accused wanted justice, understandably, and his people had opted to focus in on Greg, who was a new recruit at the time and was the most likely to have tainted the evidence, being as he was alone on the scene for a large amount of the time.

What I liked about this was the locked-door mystery aspect of it. Although we knew that Greg was almost certainly innocent, it certainly looked bad, not in the least because he was the only one on the scene that was in the house at the time. Besides, who else would have had the motive to do it? Well, as it turned out- no one, really. It ended up being a curious local cop who had never seen a crime scene before and snuck in to take a peek and accidentally messed with the evidence, when he kicked the murder weapon!

While outside, the suspect had a nosebleed and the cop handed him his handkerchief, which the cop proceeded to transfer onto said weapon when he went to move it back to its original position. I’m guessing he won’t be getting a promotion any time soon. Pretty screwed up stuff!

I also liked that Russell assigned Finn (Elisabeth Shue) to the case, knowing full well she was the best person for the job, as she had been through a similar situation herself. He knew she would move heaven and earth to clear Greg, and she definitely went above and beyond the call of duty in that regard, which went a long way towards pointing the way forward through the whole mess.

It was also a little fun that her fellow partner-in-solving-the-crime was fellow 80’s survivor Lea Thompson, of “Back to the Future” fame. Shue herself was, of course, in two entries of that series as well, so it was a nice little reunion for 80’s fans. Now if we could just get Ralph Macchio on the scene…

As for the other case, it wasn’t quite as satisfying as the main one, but it had its moments. I liked that the bomb turned out to be a fake, and that the culprit behind it was actually an undercover cop so deep undercover that all he could do was mumble something in Armenian. The idea of TGA (aka Transient Global Amnesia) was interesting, even if it ultimately proved irrelevant. I’d like to see that used in a way where it actually served more of a valid purpose, but it was an intriguing ailment, to be sure.

I also found it amusing that Sara’s asking the bomb tech, “You wanna see it?” about her mobile lab came off like a come-on line. Not sure if it was intentional, but I laughed nonetheless. Ditto when Henry said “I’m a body fluid guy,” which would have to be the absolute worst come-on line ever. All in all, this storyline was a bit meh, but I am glad that Sara wasn’t offed in the service of it, obviously.

The upcoming episode looks to be a fun one, which we could use right about now, after a fairly heavy season overall thus far, so I’m looking forward to that. That said, this episode was a mixed bag, but not too bad on the whole, so I’m going to give it a bit of a pass, because, as they say, it all comes out in the wash, much like the faux bomber in this episode did.

What did you think of “CSI” this week? Did you enjoy seeing Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue together again? Were you worried for Greg? Or Sara, for that matter? Would you like to get a look at her mobile lab yourself, or are you more of a body fluid type? On second thought, don’t answer that last one. I don’t want to know. Regardless, sound off below in the comments section and I’ll see you next week!