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September 29, 2007

Review: CSI 8.1

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CSI

In the US: Thursdays, 9pm et/pt, CBS
Characters re-cast:
0
Major characters gotten rid of: Ooh, that would be telling
Major new characters: 0
Format change percentage: 90% (for one episode only)
Number of contracts up: 1

CSI starts its eight season somewhat atypically - with an episode pretty much devoid of forensic science. Instead, it starts with the hunt for Sara Sidle, last seen trapped under a car thanks to the strange obsessions of the Miniature Killer (that's not a tiny murderer, BTW). Where she is and whether she's alive are the two mysteries that need clearing up.

Shows that have female characters kidnapped to increase tension are always treading a tricky path. Will they be weakening the characters by making them victims? Or will they fail to suggest any kind of peril by making the character too strong?

CSI manages to deal with this thorny problem reasonably well. Although it does go through most of the dramatic tricks you'd expect of an episode like this - the false discovery, etc - it still manages to leave Sara looking relatively strong during her ordeal while simultaneously creating a throbbing sense of menace, claustrophobia and desperation.

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September 29, 2007

Review: My Name is Earl 3.1

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My Name is Earl

In the US: Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC
In the UK: Channel 4, some time in the year 2357 at this rate

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: 0
Major new characters: A prison full
Format change percentage: 25%
Number of shanks made: 1

Ooh, this is tricky. How to review this without giving the game away for UK viewers, who are still trundling through season two.

Can't. Sorry. Don't read further than this point if you've not seen the finale for season two.

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September 29, 2007

Review: Smallville 7.1

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Smallville

In the US:
Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW
In the UK: On E4 and ITV2 at undertermined points in the future

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: Ooh, that would be telling
Major new characters: 1
Format change percentage: 0%
Number of superheros present: 3

Magic reset button? Where are you magic reset button?

What do you mean there isn't one? That's not right. This is Smallville. Every season ends with a massive cliffhanger, in which all the major characters are enperiled, Clark's secret is revealed to everyone, etc. Then by the end of the first episode of the next season, everything's back to normal again.

Actually, there is a mini reset button. After all, at least two characters died at the end of last season, so we couldn't just leave them like that. You know: dead n'all. But apart from the necessary resurrections, not everything went back to the exact same place it was at the end of season six. Now that's amazing.

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