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November 3rd, 2006


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10:47 am - Wrinting update, NaNo note, and CSI
All in one post. Heh.

I did a bit of NaNo writing yesterday, but there's still no way I'm hitting the on-track mark today. Maybe I'll catch up over the weekend (yeah, that's what I said last year). I'm taking your advice, amberdulen, and calling this the "sequel" so it'll be sort-of eligible. :-)


I've decided that I must start making regular times to write. Monday and Wednesday nights seem the most ready candidates; Heroes, Studio 60, and even LOST aren't must-see TV for me the way CSI, Numb3rs, or Doctor Who are. And I have a VCR if I want to tape and watch them later.

I just need to go ahead and start setting these times aside. It won't finish things for me, but it might give me a place to start--time to try.

That'll do for now.


Now for a mini-review of last night's CSI. I already admired Alan Tudyk as an actor. Well, I admire him more now (in spite of--or rather because of--not admiring the role he played in this episode). *applauds Tudyk's good work*


Again with the double-meaning titles. Ah, CSI, I love thee.

The plot of this episode could almost have been lifted from Law & Order: SVU. Two preteen boys, best friends, go missing; and that evening, Nick shunts an arson case over to Grissom as a possible connection. The arson victim is a convicted child molester (Alan Tudyk), who claims that every time there's an Amber alert, someone tries to kill him.

The mystery played out well enough, as episodes of this show go, though on plot alone I think it may be one of the weaker episodes this season so far.

That's made up for, though, by the interaction between Grissom and the suspect. In the end, whatever else the man may have done, he wouldn't have actively harmed either boy, and we get a window into this guy's mind: he think he loved Lucas, who was looking for a father figure, and the tangle of the fire, his cooperation with Grissom as a "consultant," and so on, shows us a man who is gut-wrenchingly lonely, guilty, and conflicted. Was he really just trying to destroy evidence by setting the fire, or was it a suicide attempt? He almost goes out of his way not to flat-out lie to Grissom (which fascinated me), but at the same time he knew that Lucas' head injury (inflicted by another party altogether) might have been serious and did nothing to get help for the boy.

Grissom nails him to the wall with one quiet observation. "If you really loved him, why didn't you get help for him?" Love as action to benefit the beloved. It kind of made me want to read or write a version of this story in which Alan's character was able to deny his fears (and desires) and take Lucas to the ER despite the consequences to himself.

Other notes:

They're really going for continuity right now. Sara mentions that the coroner's inquest on the kid Greg hit with his car is coming up soon.

Also, I think this is the first time since the finale of the first season ("Strip Strangler") that we've heard Grissom's occasional migraine headaches mentioned. He's fighting one all episode.

I'm also curious: this is the first time we've seen the CSIs use text messaging to send each other a lot of information, and I want to know if that was written into the script, or if it was a directoral choice. Intriguing.

Next week: the return of the scale-model murderer! :-)

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From:feliciakw
Date:November 3rd, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)

SPOILERS!!!!!

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Re: CSI:

WARNING: SPOILERS! Turn back now if you don't want to know.




Casting Alan Tudyk was a brilliant choice. Those of us who know Wash (and this was so NOT Wash) are, in a manner of speaking, pre-disposed to like the guy. It was interesting to me that I knew I was supposed to hate this character, but something told me there was more to it. (Well, duh. This is CSI.) His being the culprit in a totally evil relapse sort of way would have been too easy. And Alan made me *want* to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, however small that benefit might have been. Just a sliver, ya know?

I actually felt for him when he was trying to abide by his parole, do community service, and basically live his life, and here's a kid who embodies Tudyk's character's weakness, his greatest temptation. And the kid isn't doing anything wrong, but he's putting this guy through all sorts of temptation. Lucas has seen this guy who seems alone in the world, and he, Lucas, feels alone and needs a dad, and so what a great solution. When the man told Griss that he never molested the boys, I wanted to believe him. This wasn't a man who embodied evil, not at this point in his life. This was a man who was a recovering addict (of sorts), who knew he was a danger, and who did his best to get by. Unfortunately, his best wasn't enough, and wasn't really good. His need for self-preservation was stronger than his love for Lucas and Lucas' preservation.

shows us a man who is gut-wrenchingly lonely, guilty, and conflicted.

Exactly. It was tragic.

Was he really just trying to destroy evidence by setting the fire, or was it a suicide attempt?

I'm inclined to think a little of both. Destroy the evidence, and if he killed himself in the process, so much the better.

And for them to be able to create that sort of character who had committed that heinous crime . . . as I said, casting Alan Tudyk was brilliant.

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From:izhilzha
Date:November 3rd, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)

Re: SPOILERS!!!!!

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You're a better fan than I, with that spoiler warning. ;-)

And Alan made me *want* to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, however small that benefit might have been. Just a sliver, ya know?

And I'm not sure how much of that was due to my own predisposition to like the actor, and how much of it was sheer talent on Alan's part. Because I think that's what the character was seeking, what he was desperate to get from Grissom: understanding, if not absolution; the benefit of the the doubt.

Lucas has seen this guy who seems alone in the world, and he, Lucas, feels alone and needs a dad, and so what a great solution.

Exactly. What really got to me, at this point, was how well Alan's character understood Lucas. When he's telling Grissom about how his older brother abused him, and then shows so much understanding of Lucas' emotional situation, it made me feel as if maybe the abuse he'd suffered had made him get stuck there--8 years old, longing not to be alone, feeling a kinship with other kids in that situation, but not having any healthy way to relate.

Tragic, as you said.

And for them to be able to create that sort of character who had committed that heinous crime . . . as I said, casting Alan Tudyk was brilliant.

Yeah. CSI is really good at this kind of thing, aren't they? I mean, yes, they also sometimes show us people and things that are so off the wall that we can't begin to really understand them...but they're also very good at showing us how to understand things we don't want to think about.

Hey, a loose end: When Jason is trying to pick the guy out of the lineup, he doesn't say that Alan's character hurt them--and there's a whisper on the soundtrack, as if we're remembering with Jason, "Don't tell anyone, or I'll kill your father." That's never followed up on, anywhere in the story, and I keep wondering what exactly we were supposed to get from that.

And a possible continuity error: In "Strip Strangler," the last time we saw Grissom in the grip of a migraine headache, he takes prescription medication for it. In this episode, he seems to be trying to just take plain asprin. Now, asprin works better than something like ibuprofen (experience talking here, yes), and I think that was partly to foreshadow the comment from the suspect about what kind of painkiller he gave Lucas (and its unknown effects--aspirin is a mild blood thinner). But still. Continuity, people.

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