CSI Season 15 Review “Angle of Attack”

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On the latest episode of “CSI,” we tackled an entirely new definition of a hit-and-run, when what at first appeared to be just that actually turned out to be something else entirely, if not too far removed from that particular terminology, in “Angle of Attack.”

In this case, we got what looked like a vehicular homicide- only there was no real evidence of a vehicle, save some scorch patterns on the pavement, but without skid-marks whatsoever. What’s more, there were also various shards of glass, but it didn’t appear to be from a car or what have you, but rather the sort of glass one might find in an office widow- only the closest nearby building was way too far away for it to have been a jumper, or someone who had been pushed, for that matter.

And yet, the initial crime scene did appear to have been a nearby office building, as evidenced by the broken windows, similar glass fragments and scorch patterns. The hole in the window, after reconstruction, was way too big for a RPG-type missile- more man-size than anything else, and the scorch patterns resulted in the indication of jet fuel, which whatever it was, it was leaking fast, meaning it would have had to land nearby as well.

The team found it in a smashed cab in the predicted area, with indication of yet another body- but it wasn’t the cab driver, as he was alive and none too amused by the wreckage. What they did find was a boot, with a foot still inside, severed, a smashed helmet, lots of blood and viscera, and a weird-looking metal framework in a wing-type pattern. Clearly, the “missile” was carrying more than a deadly payload- it was packing another passenger- or two, as it turned out.

It was, in fact, a “wing suit”- aka a “squirrel” suit- used typically by base jumpers and the like to fly through the air like a bird. Only this one was something radical and high-tech, like something cooked up in a military lab, which was furthered proved by the presence of a “Black Box”-type attachment to the suit, pus indication that the mechanics had been messed with. When the victim’s identity turned out to, in fact, be a military man, it was indeed confirmed that the suit was a project commissioned by the Air Force, possibly even stolen from its normal home at TRP Aeronautics, the location of the lab in question.

A variety of potential culprits were rolled out, as per usual. There was Major Bernard Mills (Matt Letscher, “Boardwalk Empire”), an Air Force rep; Claudia Mason (Virginia Williams, “How I Met Your Mother”), the CEO of TRP; head engineer on the project, Captain Jack Ferris (Arjun Gupta, “How to Get Away with Murder”); and dubious wife Amanda Holland (Tamara Feldman, “Gossip Girl”), who was maybe a little too concerned about her late husband’s benefits coming through.

Ferris was eliminated as a suspect in short order, after claiming that both Mills and Mason knew that the about the project and had access to the suit, when he had a seizure and died immediately in the interrogation room, from a complication known as HACE, which affected those who’d been tested in the hyperbolic chamber on site, as both he and the late Holland had.

A search of TRP’s headquarters and access to the “Black Box” code revealed that Holland was dead before he even took off in the suit, and that the jump wasn’t from an airplane but from a base. The structure in question turned out to be the Delmore Towers, which was owned by none other than TRP, and where the CEO just so happened to live. Were Mason and the late Holland having an affair? Or did he have HACE too and she tried to cover it up?

An initial look around the condo revealed that some sort of cover-up was clearly afoot. The place had been cleaned, but blood spatter was found, along with a statue with blood and hair on it, possibly the murder weapon, as the blood pattern didn’t fit the HACE profile. Mason denied everything and lawyered up, but a security video revealed that another person was in play: Amanda, Holland’s wife. Thinking that he was cheating, she followed her husband to the location and a fight ensued, but he swore up and down that he wasn’t there to cheat, but to test out the suit. She lied about what happened because she wanted to make sure she got the benefits, which she wouldn’t have if it was determined that he’d stolen the suit.

Further investigation revealed that Ferris had been drugged to induce the HACE, bringing the murder count to three (including the unfortunate office worker caught in the crossfire), and that the blood on the scene was indeed the late Holland’s. However, the DNA found on the statue and in the bedroom wasn’t Mason after all- it was Mills.

Turns out the two military men were engaging in a little don’t ask, don’t tell sort of action. When Holland broke it off because his wife was getting suspicious, Mills snapped and that was all she wrote. He had subsequently put Holland in the suit, but the other man killed was an accident. However, the murder of Ferris was also traced back to him as well, bringing the body count to three, as Mills feared that Ferris knew too much about their relationship, as Holland’s best friend.

So, all in all, a decent episode. The murders were certainly unique and inventive, and I didn’t see the big twist coming. In fact, I thought sure it was the wife, which was, of course, exactly what they wanted you to think towards the end there. But the idea of a guy flying through the air, and into someone’s office through the window, picking up a passenger along the way, then dumping them onto the ground before crashing headlong into a cab was something else. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see that! (Yes, I know how wrong that is, on many levels.)

What did you think of “CSI” this week? Would you have liked to see that too? (Come on, you know you did!) Did you figure out who did it? Did you figure out the twist? What did you make of the killer’s motives? Sound off below and have a great holiday! See you on the other side of Christmas…