CSI: New York
Season 3 - Part 1

Starring: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap, Hill Harper and Eddie Cahill
Momentum Pictures
RRP: £34.99
Certificate: 15
Available 16 July 2007

Set in the city that never sleeps,
CSI: New York is the latest spin-off from the hugely popular CSI series. Following on from Vegas and Miami, this CSI has a distinct New York City flavour and style. Dealing with a city with a three hundred year history and eight million residents is a whole different ball game...

The first half of Season Three of CSI: New York contains some great episodes. Highlights include:

Not What it Looks Like: Three women dressed as Holly Golightly, from Breakfast at Tiffany's, rob a jewellery store. During the heist one of the managers is killed when a shotgun discharges. In another part of the city the mummified body of a woman is discovered when an old building is being demolition. The corpse turns out to be the missing wife of a city councilman. Even though the autopsy concludes she died of natural causes, Mac believes she was murdered.

Hung Out to Dry: During a college party a student is found decapitated - her body hung upside down from a ceiling fan. In another part of the city another victim is found impaled on a tree, his eyes gouged out and two railroad spikes inserted into his head. Both victims were wearing unique shirts that contain hidden codes that could provide clues to the killer's identity.

Oedipus Rex: Carensa is a young girl who at 17, wanted a change of scenery and to become a Suicide Girl, at 18 she gets her wish only to lose her life. Another crime involves a rising basketball star who is discovered dead on an outside court a day after he defeated a professional player in a one-on-one game that embarrassed the NBA star, known for his violent outbursts.

Murder Sings the Blues: During an illegal subway train party, a young woman starts bleeding from her eyes, nose and mouth. Examining the crime scene, Mac believes she may be the victim of a biological attack. Later, Mac learns that one of his investigators dated the victim. Across town, a wealthy playboy is found dead in an indoor pool in his penthouse suite. The probe reveals the man was murdered and that he had fired his maid two days earlier.

Consequences: A professional paintball player is gunned down after he enters a warehouse. He was playing a paintball game with a rival, who is now missing. The investigation reveals the murder may be linked to illegal drugs and that a bent cop may be involved. Stella gets the feeling she is being stalked, but when Mac chases down the suspect he gets an unexpected surprise.

Raising Shane: A man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt robs a bar and guns down a barmaid. Soon afterward, a suspect matching the killer's description is arrested and positively identified by the only witness. The suspect is Hawkes. Mac's team is immediately pulled from the case, but that doesn't stop Mac from trying to discover the truth. In another part of the city a man is found dead in a peepshow booth. At first, it appears the man overdosed, but Stella believes he was murdered.

This collection sees two episodes where poor old Hawkes is under suspicion of being involved in separate murders. We also get to see a little more of Lindsay Monroe's secret past, and just why she is so frightened of grisly crime scenes - something that will no doubt be explained a little more in the remaining half of this season.

Extras are a little thin on the ground in this collection. There are no audio commentaries or featurettes. We do, however, get two cross episodes (one is a repeated episode from Season Two, while the other is the conclusion to that episode (which was originally on the CSI: Miami: Season 4 - Part 1 DVD). We also get, for some very odd reason, synopsis for each episode in this collection.

At the end of the day this is another great collection which CSI fans will enjoy.

Amber Leigh

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