CSI: Cyber “Why-Fi” Review (Season 2 Premiere)

CSI: Cyber Why-Fi Season 2 Premiere 2015 (2)

As one “CSI” falls, another one rises! Yep, “CSI: Cyber” is back, now with extra added Danson, so as to keep fans of the old-school a little more grounded amidst all this new-fangled computer jargon, no doubt. Out is Peter MacNicol, who I didn’t dislike necessarily, but seeing as he didn’t bring that much to the table in this case in particular, I think more or less replacing him with “CSI”-regular Ted Danson was probably a wise move. By tossing in a little of the “old” with all the “new,” hopefully the show will recruit some new viewers, or at least draft some of the fans of the original “CSI” into the fold, now that “Cyber” is the last “CSI” standing.

Will the gambit succeed? Hard to say. The show remains as far-fetched as ever, with a plotline that manages to be both horrifying in its plausibility and ridiculous in its technological usage. As before, at the beginning of the show, after the initial teaser, we get a definition of a piece of terminology: call it your “Cyber word of the week”! This week was brought to you by the letter “W,” as in “War-driving,” which, according to the show, at least, is: “hijacking connecting to wireless networks broadcast in residential or commercial areas.” To be fair, Wikipedia concurs with this definition, more or less, though they make it sound far less sinister.

Of course, the show’s main job it seems, is to make the average viewer terrified beyond belief about the uses of modern technology in crime in ways that never occurred to most people- and probably never would, if it weren’t for the show. For instance, here, we see a hacker communicate with a little girl via her Barbie-like talking doll, which has a sort-of next-gen “Teddy Ruxpin” type thing going on, in which the doll has a computer chip inside which connects to the internet and memorizes certain things about the child, including their name, so as to “communicate” with them by “talking back” in simplistic terms, using said information.

Well, if you were among those who found that particular Teddy Bear frightening, then I can only imagine how you felt hearing a faux Barbie say things like, “Let’s play a game! Why don’t you tell me how many windows there are in the house? Do you think you could unlock one of them so we can play together later?” Yikes! I don’t know how plausible this all is, but if it is, then that’s scary stuff. All I know is that my friends and I used to steal my sister’s Teddy Ruxpin and put Slayer and Metallica tapes in it so that it would look like it was singing death metal, which was more amusing than scary- at least to us. But I can see where, if an actual possibility, something like what we see here would send a chill down any decent parents’ spine.

Plausible or not, it was a neat idea, and an essentially effective one. To be fair, the means by which the team managed to track down the culprits was equally out there, IMHO- why would a golf club for a game have a GPS in it, for instance? For that matter, why would a golf club meant for a game be the real deal? Wouldn’t it be plastic, at the very least? In other words, maybe not the ideal killing material? The whole pinging-cell-towers thing was a bit more believable, if a little typical of these shows in finding a short-cut to catching the killer. I will give the show points for effectively tying it into the subplot involving Krumitz (Charley Koontz) and his sister, however.

So, yeah, there was definitely some questionable stuff going on here, as per usual, but I will say that the infusion of Danson was a big plus, and added some much-needed levity to the proceedings which was appreciated, at least by this viewer. I was particularly amused by the scene in which Avery (Patricia Arquette), spotting Danson’s character D.B. meditating, told Brody (Shad Moss) he was “channeling the force,” and the cockroach race thing was funny as well, if a bit out of nowhere and apropos of nothing. (Also, I though Grissom was the “bug guy,” right?)

It’s too soon in the season to say whether or not the show has worked out some of the wrinkles of the first season, but I do think that addition of Danson was a smart one, at the very least, and the decision to pair off Brody and Raven (Hayley Kiyoko) might just reap some interesting dividends later on. Not to mention it added an extra layer of sexual tension in a franchise not exactly known for it, at least in terms of the regular cast, which doesn’t hurt matters in terms of recruiting younger viewers, as Kiyoko and Moss are nothing if not easy on the eyes. Was the shower scene a bit superfluous and maybe even a bit on the gratuitous side? Yeah, maybe so, but who cares? It was pretty sexy, and that’s all that really matters.

So, what did you think of the “CSI: Cyber” premiere? Did you enjoy it, or do you already miss the original “CSI”? Do you think Sunday nights are a better place for the show? Is it a good match for the lead-in shows? What do you think of the slightly revamped cast? Were you glad to see Danson again? Did you get a kick out of his antics, or were they a bit stale in your book? What did you think of the main case? Plausible or not? Did you also used to torment your sister with her Teddy Ruxpin? (Probably just me.) Sound off on this and more down below and see you for a check-up later on in the season!