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Did anyone else catch CSI last night? I thought it was the best CSI I have seen since, well maybe ever. I was rivited throughout the entire two hours. I thought Tarantino did an excellent job directing and I am hopeful he does a return stint next season.



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Holy crap!! What a fantastic episode...

In most shows, the ending is somewhat expected. Last night, I actually felt like he might die until the very end.

Tarantino did a really fantastic job, I think.

I will say, though, that the real winner was the writer of the episode. It still amazes me every week that someone can actually come up with this stuff....

Last night is why this is and always will be the #1 CSI around....



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I missed CSI last night...can anyone give a quick mention of what happened with the major characters?



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Great finale only hurt by the fact it's the last new CSI until Sept.

I couldn't even imagine the hell that Nick musta been going through, and the emotion was great. Tarantino rocked the shit out of that episode.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.58
    Originally posted by SOK
    I missed CSI last night...can anyone give a quick mention of what happened with the major characters?


The whole night revolved around the fact that Nick was adbucted and buried aliver in a glass coffin that had a live sateilite feed to CSI so they could watch him die. Most of the characters got a good scene of two in to show their acting chops with the real exception of Sarah. Somehow, she was not as vital to the whole show. The night was the entire CSI trying to find Nick alive. Tarantino did an awesome job of directing yet again. It was suspenseful and creepy the entire time. A was suggest strongly watching again this summer when it is shown in repeats.



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I'd say that was the best episode of CSI ever. Everything about it was great. And what happened when Gil brought the money to the guy? (don't want to spoil it if someone hasn't seen it) I did NOT see that coming.



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Great Episode

Everyone caught Frank Gorshin's appearance on the show on the day he died, right? They even caught it with a note at the end of the credits. THat was really, really nice - no one would have expected that. The producers must have pushed that one hard



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.52
    Originally posted by haz
    I will say, though, that the real winner was the writer of the episode. It still amazes me every week that someone can actually come up with this stuff....

Tarantino also wrote the story for the episode. He didn't do the script/teleplay, so any clever lines of dialogue aren't likely to be his. But he came up with the overall plot, too. Count me in as thinking that this was the best episode of the show to date. I thought the story was excellent, with plenty of tense or outright startling scenes to keep me locked in. (Especially the payoff scene. I'm with geemoney there.)

Still, I thought the best scene was when Nick began speaking into the tape recorder, and Gil looked up and saw it on screen. I immediately realized Gil understood everything Nick was saying. I thought it was moving and well done — the sort of scene that CSI always seems to pull off. They're so sterile and unemotional most of the time that if the show introduces even a hint of warm feeling, friendship, fondness, love, etc., that feeling seems much stronger and resonates far more with the viewer than it would in a regular show. So cut to the end, with Gil using the nickname that Nick's father uses, and suddenly that scene and the lipreading scene are so much weightier and more emotional. Excellent stuff.

Oh, and was that Dukes of Hazzard board game real? Or was it something that that weird lab tech Hodges invented?



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Not only did it exist, but I'm about 70% certain I had this when I was a kid.



Great, great, great GREAT episode, especially since right up until the end you didn't know if Nick was going to make it or not. I had DVRed the show so I could watch it in full later, so I flipped back and forth for the first hour between CSI, Smackdown and the NBA Playoffs, but by about 9:10 or so the remote was sucessfully ditched.



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It was super duper great. All the talk about DIE DIE DIE SOMEONE'S GONNA DIE had me so concerned for the well-being of my CSIs. And when the bomb went off I was like oh shit b/c I thought it was gonna turn Grissom deaf again. All the nods like Gil's lip reading and Sam Braun and Nick's stalker made watching feel like a real reward for seeing every episode on Spike TV repeatedly. It was just so intense. Plus Conrad``` was all concerned and doing everything he could to help? And then Grissom said he wanted his guys back? OMG. Now I have to Limewire purchase a CD with "Outside Chance."
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I think I read in TV Guide that one of QT's favorite characters was Ecklie, but he didn't like how he was made out to be. That could be one of the reasons we saw the 180 degree turn in the character last night.



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    Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
    Tarantino also wrote the story for the episode. He didn't do the script/teleplay, so any clever lines of dialogue aren't likely to be his. But he came up with the overall plot, too.


In watching this episode, it really seemed like some of the lines were Tarantino's. The delivery that the actors gave were so different than usual. Gil's whole description of his honorary ownership of Trigger card. "And you got it framed?" "Well, shyeah." That scene and the scene with Warrick and Nick in the locker room seemed out of place. Were they there for a reason?

We also taped it to watch on Friday because all the Little League games got us home too late. Several times we rewound the tape and asked in awe "did he really say that?"

Terrific episode that strayed from the norm but kept all the characters mostly in character.



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    Originally posted by pieman
    In watching this episode, it really seemed like some of the lines were Tarantino's.
Just to pick out one obvious (to me) example, I would guess that the "Jack Handey/Deep Thoughts" line from Catherine had to be his.

Back to the directing: there were a couple of nice unbroken tracking shots during the episode, too. I'll bet Tarantino got a kick out of directing Curtis & Gorshin as well.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.75
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by pieman
      In watching this episode, it really seemed like some of the lines were Tarantino's.
    Just to pick out one obvious (to me) example, I would guess that the "Jack Handey/Deep Thoughts" line from Catherine had to be his.

    Back to the directing: there were a couple of nice unbroken tracking shots during the episode, too. I'll bet Tarantino got a kick out of directing Curtis & Gorshin as well.


That scene absolutely crackled with life, and felt more "Vegas" than any scene in a show that is decidedly more "Vegas" than any other TV show. That scene makes me excited about the possibility of the rumoured (and fanboy dream) "Casino Royale" Bond flick helmed by Tarantino.

Other things that I'm certain are Tarantino touches were the Dukes of Hazzard board game (I'm sure some of us remember his rant about that game on Leno) and a few of the actors (Tommy Plimpton from KB2 was the cop that lost Nick in the beginning for instance). However, I'd bet Warrick's rant in the beginning about his near-beatdown were the scriptwriters' having fun writing in Tarantino's voice.

It was great and somewhat bittersweet seeing Gorshin getting a final moment in the sun. Quite a way to go out, on probably the best TV show directed by the arguably the best director going.

I concur with geemoney in thinking that was the best episode in the history of CSI. It makes me wish they had followed through with that QT X-Files episode that was planned back in the day.
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
      Tarantino also wrote the story for the episode. He didn't do the script/teleplay, so any clever lines of dialogue aren't likely to be his. But he came up with the overall plot, too.


    In watching this episode, it really seemed like some of the lines were Tarantino's. The delivery that the actors gave were so different than usual. Gil's whole description of his honorary ownership of Trigger card. "And you got it framed?" "Well, shyeah." That scene and the scene with Warrick and Nick in the locker room seemed out of place. Were they there for a reason?

    We also taped it to watch on Friday because all the Little League games got us home too late. Several times we rewound the tape and asked in awe "did he really say that?"

    Terrific episode that strayed from the norm but kept all the characters mostly in character.


I think so too...I don't remember who said it, but someone busted out a line that Uma used in Kill Bill, "normally you'd be 100 percent right, but this time, you're 100 percent wrong." That just reeks of Quentin.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.46
Grissom said it. Also the episode was called Grave Danger (hee hee) Vols. I and II.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.52
Okay, okay, I give! I probably should have said, "Any cool lines/quips cannot be exclusively attributed to him, because other people might have had a hand in crafting dialogue." I also think I simply forgot about a lot of the lines. Some of the ones mentioned did jump out at me at the time, especially the Jack Handey line, which seemed a little out of character for the show. I wasn't convinced that the Hazzard game was exclusively Tarantino, since that seemed like a clever touch anyone could have put in. And that opening monologue from Warrick about his casino adventure seemed a little forced — almost like someone trying to ape Tarantino. But until someone claims credit for parts of the show in an interview, I suppose it's still anyone's guess.

But I'm probably wrong. :)



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