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Saturday, November 17, 2007

CSI: Dead Doll

Last season CSI ended with the resolution of the great miniature killer mystery. Along with the killer's identity, Sara Sidle's life and death situation was also revealed, as she was left in the desert, beneath a car. "Dead Doll" picked up right where it left off last year, with the CSIs looking through all of the evidence they have on Natalie Davis in an attempt to find Sara's location.

I couldn't help but be taken back to the fifth season finale, "Grave Danger," when watching "Dead Doll." That Quentin Tarantino-directed two-hour episode showed the CSIs utilizing very resource they could in an attempt to save Nick's life. There was a real sense of urgency which was felt through the screen. In "Living Doll," that sense of urgency wasn't there until the second half until Captain Brass located a tow-truck driver who was able to provide him with the location of the car Sara was trapped under.

Although the investigators were able to find the car, they were disappointed to see that Sara wasn't in the car anymore. She had managed to escape the torrential rainfall, only to end up in the sweltering Nevada heat.

While the pacing of the episode wasn't the best, I loved the final scene. Sara is found, unconscious and unresponsive. She's medevaced out of the desert, and Grissom's inside, riding along. Emotional, Gil holds onto Sara's hand and she eventually comes to, opening her eyes. She initially spots Grissom's name tag and then looks up to see his face. As far as endings go, this was likely the most emotional the series has ever had.

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