Re: Episode #611: 'Guerillas in the Mist' **CONTAINS SPOILER WOW - OK, can we say JUMP THE SHARK! I was pulled into the episode in the beginning and really liked the first 20 minutes, but after that .... ARGGGG 1. Loved how H just calmly got out of the vehicle that was blown up - SUNGLASSES AND ALL, no less — without a scratch on him! Now that's believable. Haven't TPTB heard that we're tired of SUPER H!??! 2. So the guy w/the vapor gun just decides he wants to chat w/H, who's holding a gun to his head - if I were him, I would've taken one look @ H and pulled the damn trigger - what a dumbass. 3. Where the hell was H's back-up, or Eric's for that matter? Don't these guys believe in the buddy system at least? While I liked Eric's flashbacks, and the fact that he told Cal about them, the whole idea of him going to the piere w/out backup was just stupid. Cops don't do that. Ohh, and yea, this gun thing was TOTALLY out of the CSI's jurisdiction. This was homeland security and FBI/Customs all the way. You think the federal gov't would leave the interception of a dangerous weopon like that in the hands of local law enforcement??? I love how H trumps everyone - it's such BS. I'm sure there's plenty of crimes that go on in Miami that need the CSI's attention - can't the writers think of more PLAUSIBLE plotlines? Now I know it's just TV show, and a lot of people like the flashy way this show does action, but hear me out. Every show has rules. For example, if you're creating a sci-fi show, you have certain rules you have to live w/in, rules that were created by you. The audience will suspend believability, but only BECAUSE you set up the rules - you said, "This show takes place in the year 2300 in space." So viewers buy that, and all the possibilities that go along with it. But once you set up that universe - how certain aliens look, the languages they speak, the type of space ships, etc. — you can't break the rules. If you do, the audience will be turned off b/c it's "unrealistic." Even though the whole concept may be "unrealistic" in and of itself, the audience will buy it b/c they know going into it what they're buying into. But they won't stand for basic rules to be broken. Now, how does this relate to CSI:Miami? Here's my take: The creators/writers made rules when they started this franchise. They said this is a franchise based on science and fact - we're dealing with REAL WORLD stuff. Those are the confines they must work in b/c they set the rules. Now, there are some instances where you can bend the rules — (ie: by making it all about hot supermodels and rich people, b/c they do exist, or having the CSIs work as both interrogators/cops and in the lab b/c they have to go through police academy). You can bend the rules, but you can't break them (as Cal pointed out to Dan Cooper) - and if you do break them, that's it, you've jumped the shark and it's over. H getting out of that Hummer completely unscathed was BS and totally stupid. I'm tired of him being untouchable and a part of me really wanted to see him crawling from that vehicle, hurt and struggling. I would've settled for a few cuts and broken sunglasses, but we couldn't even get that. WTF???!!! If the writers aren't creative enough to work w/in the confines of the rules, then they should let some new blood come in and get off the show. This is a franchise that prides itself on representing law enforcement - and they even have consultants who were police and CSIs. It's a true disservice and disgrace to them that this has gotten so out of hand. You want me to buy that half the murders in Miami happen to beautiful women and rich people, fine - there's plenty of them there to make that somewhat plausible. You want to stretch reality and have the characters do multiple jobs, that's cool, I like that - we don't need a ton of characters (HINT HINT), and besides, that's how this show was set up from day one. But you're gonna tell me that H didn't get a scratch on him when he was IN A CAR THAT SUFFERED AN EXPLOSION??? Sorry, no can do. This show has gotten so off course it's rediculous. They really should let Donn Cortez (the author of several CSI:Miami novels) start writing for the show b/c he has a strong grasp of the characters and the confines in which the show must work. They really need new writers, but who knows what's going to happen b/c of the writers' strike... Oh well, vent over.