Series Reviews: CSI: Vegas. Season 2. Episode 7.

CSI: Vegas // Season 2. Episode 7. Burned.

After the previous episode, I expected “Burned” to focus a bit more on Maxine and the trauma she went through. If it is a little the case, it is not brilliant for all that. “Burned” is probably the worst episode of CSI: Vegas since the series returned. Deal of the Week may have an interesting mystery on paper, but its execution is so messed up that it never takes. The consequences of Maxine’s trauma are not handled intelligently. It’s all so superficial that it feels like anything but what the episode might have actually been about. It all starts when a big foot print is found near a crime scene. With the crime scene burned down, the prospect of seeing Big Foot in CSI: Vegas quickly fades. After all, CSI: Vegas is a series about scientists so there’s no reason for it to go that way. What killed this father and son? It’s not Big Foot and it’s apparently not their house burning either. It’s all so poorly written that the plot never really got me hooked.

Adding to Maxine’s story is the personal story of Folsom and Rajan. Here too the relationship between the two characters, which had a lot of potential, is not well exploited. And the absence for two seasons of Catherine Willows does not particularly help the episode either. Marg Helgenberger has proven that she belongs in this reboot and especially that it could improve a lot of faults. But the relationship between Folsom and Rajan also transforms part of this episode into a kind of rough-hewn soap. It’s a good idea to create links between the characters. This is even what allows us to become attached to them. I really like Folsom and Rajan, a bit like the Grissoms and Saras of this new generation of investigators, but this episode does things backwards and never in such a way as to touch us or attach us to everything.

Between an investigation that does not really progress and which is sloppy in its resolution, and characters who wander in all directions, CSI: Vegas clearly does not know at all what to do to offer us the expected entertainment. This episode is everything I dread seeing every week in CSI: Vegas and it may not be very encouraging for the rest of the season. What’s good is that the season remains short, but in this kind of series, isn’t a long season that allows the characters to develop little by little something more judicious? Benny Boom, who had directed other episodes of CSI: Vegas, demonstrates here that he has no talent for doing anything with what he has in his hands. I like somewhat mysterious plots that might involve something supernatural. This isn’t the first time CSI: Vegas has done this but the director is bad here. He is perhaps more suited to the episodes of NCIS Los Angeles than he directed.

Rating: 3/10. In short, an uninteresting episode using the characters very badly. Shame.

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