izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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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! :-)
Tags: csi, nano, review, writing

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