CSI: Miami – Blood, Boobs, and Carnage

Blood Boobs Carnage Blogfest

Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather Gardner are running the “Blood, Boobs, and Carnage” Blogfest today. Here are the instructions:

Today, post about a movie, television show, book, or all three that falls into the category of Blood, Boobs, and Carnage. (Or just Blood and Carnage or other mixture.) It can be any genre that fits the bill – fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc. Post the badge and visit other participants.

I wouldn’t normally participate in such a blogfest (I can hear you all now: “yeah, right, Holton”) but the minute I heard the name, the possibilities presented themselves. And, when I gave it more thought at lunch today, an especially good example of the theme worked its way to the front of my mind.

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When CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI: Las Vegas) turned out to be such a hit when it debuted at the start of the new millennium, its producers said, “Hey! Let’s do a whole lot of them! Same thing, just in different cities!” Or perhaps it was the suits at CBS who said it. Anyway, no doubt they got together and decided that the second show should be set somewhere with a lot of violent crime and a lot of good-looking people (primarily women) running around scantily clad. So, they chose Miami, associated (rightly or wrongly) with illegal trade in both drugs and firearms and with lots of good-looking people running around in swimwear. As an added bonus, Miami is a city with a large Caribbean population, thus bringing that demographic into play.

The result was a show that played heavily on stereotypes and featured much more blood and carnage than its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor, which relied heavily on quirky crimes and equally quirky CSI’s solving them, CSI: Miami relied primarily on stories of gang wars waged by opposing drug kingpins who spent most of their time lounging by their swimming pools, surrounded by pneumatically-gifted and surgically-enhanced women in swimwear, while their footsoldiers went out and wreaked havoc on each other, and often innocent bystanders. Okay, that’s a bit of an oversimplification (I’m trying to keep this short), but the longer the show was on the air, the more one-dimensional it became.

The Miami-Dade CSI’s were led by Lt. Horatio Caine, played by NYPD Blue alum David Caruso. David obviously prepared for the part by watching all of the “Dirty Harry” movies and episodes of (the original) Hawai’i Five-O, because the character of Caine came off as a cross between Clint Eastwood and Jack Lord. Assisting him was Calleigh Duquesne, a petite, blonde, blue-eyed, and stunningly beautiful young woman played by the equally petite, blonde, blue-eyed, and stunningly beautiful Emily Procter. Calleigh was originally from New Orleans (although she sounded like she was from North Carolina, as is Ms. Procter) and joined the Miami CSI’s as a ballistics expert. The appeal was obvious: a beautiful blonde Southern girl who liked guns. Halfway through the series, a second female CSI, Natalia Boa Vista (played by the quite lovely Eva LaRue), was added to the cast to run around with Calleigh to crime scenes dressed as though they were going to a nightclub, in revealing tops, white pants, and high heels. Natalia was likely added because Calleigh was falling in and out of love with various members of the MDPD, especially her colleague Eric Delko, played by the hunky Adam Rodriguez. By the end of the series Calleigh and Eric had something serious going.

For all of its faults (and I’ve barely scratched the surface here), CSI: Miami was fairly well-received, doing fairly well in the ratings and earning its share of awards, and it continues to be popular in syndication. The stories were generally well thought-out, although the execution was at times heavy-handed. But, it had plenty of blood, boobs, and carnage, and that’s what this blogfest is all about.

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

23 thoughts on “CSI: Miami – Blood, Boobs, and Carnage”

  1. With all the CSI shows and for as long as they’ve been on, I’ve yet to see any episode of a single one. They must have something going for them to have lasted like they have.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin’ with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. The original one and the two spinoffs are all off the air now, though there is CSI:Cyber which just got started. The series finale for the original will air in September.

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  2. Yeah, good pick John! CSI Miami used to be one of my Must Sees. I love how you described the characters: it always killed me the outfits that these women wore to go out and fight and investigate crime! And the Horatio Caine character is so well played by David Caruso. I thought his fate was sealed when he got booted off a NYPD Blue over contract negotiations but he came back as the lead in a nice long-running series. Definitely a good choice for BB&C.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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      1. No, I didn’t!! That’s great news. The public outcry paid off in this one. Yay! Thanks for letting me know!

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    1. I think I’ve seen a couple of minutes of “Session 9.” It was one of those movies that didn’t do so well; IMDb says it cost about $1.5 million and it only made $373,000. I thought Caruso was good in “Jade,” though.

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  3. I liked it a lot at the start but David Caruso was such a cardboard character I couldn’t stand watching him on screen. I finally stopped watching it well before it went off the air.

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    1. Do you remember the early episodes, where Kim Delaney played Megan Donner? I think they intended her to be to Caine what Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) was to Grissom in the original series, but Caruso either got her fired or she decided she couldn’t work with him and quit.

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    1. I have to wonder if the writers wrote his character that way originally, or if he tossed a fit and told them how to write his character. From what I’ve heard, he was difficult on the set…

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  4. Hi John; I watched some episodes of CSI: Miami, but IMO, the original (Las Vegas) is much better. Personally, I just don’t like David Caruso that much, but it’s a great choice for the BB&C Blogfest! 🙂 Have you seen the new one, CSI: Cyber? That’s interesting; also a bit scary, when you see what technology can actually do!

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    1. We are devoted viewers of “CSI:Cyber.” It is scary; at the same time, seeing white-hat hackers at work against the black-hat ones is heartening. All I can hope, though, is that companies test their security on a regular basis. I heard something the other day, where someone on an airplane had hacked into the entertainment system and gotten all the passwords for critical systems, which were just sitting in a folder somewhere. It’s amazing to me that most security breaches are caused by the stupidity of the people running the servers. Even the premise behind how Avery started with the FBI (that her computer was hacked and confidential files obtained) shows a real lack of care.

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  5. I loved the first one until Grissom left the show. I also loved CSI: New York. The Miami version was actually my least favorite, but I still liked it. Of course, you have to keep in mind they take liberties with the forensics. Nothing happens as fast as it does on the show. I know this because they still don’t have the autopsy back on my friend and co-worker who died April 23. But you have to speed things up in a one hour show. A lot of people complain about stuff like that, but as long as it entertains me, I don’t care that much. 🙂

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    1. The original with William Peterson was the best of all of them. Mary and I really liked the characters on “CSI:NY,” especially Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), and with the exception of David Caruso, the characters on “CSI: Miami.” Had they found a way to get rid of him and put Emily Procter in as the lead, it would have been great.

      It was a month before we got the pathologist’s report on my mother, and hers was fairly straightforward and didn’t have the pressure of cops and prosecutors and a dozen bodies at a time weighing down on her. And DNA analysis takes much longer than they show, a lot of it simply because of the backlog. But, how are you going to show that on TV? You’re right, they have to keep it to an hour (minus commercials). All the shows did an excellent job of keeping things moving and were really entertaining.

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  6. I happen to like CSI Miami and have seen quite a number of episodes – never got into the original one or the other ones. I do have to admit though that I prefer Hawaii Five-O for a crime show.

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    1. I like the show myself, though David Caruso was a bit overbearing. I assume you’re talking about the original “Hawai’i Five-O”; the remake is good, but different from the original. They probably should have renamed it, something like “H50: The Next Generation” or something.

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