With all the changes which have taken place this season, I decided to invest in getting Seasons 1-6 on DVD. When I watch episodes I also like to look back and see what other people have said about them. I noticed the forums must have had a purge some years ago because I haven’t been able to find anything from before Season 7, so I thought it would be good to make a topic where episodes from the past can be discussed. I’ll post a new episode to talk about every few days (maybe longer if a particular episode gets quite a bit of discussion) and hopefully I won’t end up talking to myself the entire time. :lol: Naturally, it would make sense to start with the pilot but I’m also going to add “Cool Change” in as well seeing as the pilot feeds into it. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot” Original Airdate: October 6, 2000 CSI Files Synopsis: "Gil Grissom is the supervisor of the graveyard shift of Las Vegas' elite crime scene investigators. Holly Gribbs, fresh out of the academy, joins the team. Jim Brass is head of the unit and is trying to scare Gribbs from CSI. Catherine Willows, mother of a young daughter, is the number two CSI on this shift. Warrick Brown and Nick Stokes are competing to solve their 100th case to earn a promotion to CSI 3. Grissom investigates a murder staged to look like a suicide with precious little evidence. Warrick and Catherine take the case of a drunk who breaks into the house where he had been staying and is shot to death. Nick talks to a man who picked up a woman who drugged and robbed him." Season 1, Episode 2: “Cool Change” Original Airdate: October 13, 2000 CSI Files Synopsis: "In the aftermath of the Gribbs shooting, Brass is sent back to homicide. Grissom is made head of the CSI unit. He brings in Sara Sidle from San Francisco to investigate the shooting. This irritates Catherine who wants to solve the case. Warrick, on suspension, learns he has a debt to the judge. Grissom and Nick take the case of a man who kills himself hours after winning a casino jackpot." -------------------------------------------------------------------- Being someone who watched the series out of order, when I first the pilot, were it not for recognising the characters I would have thought it was a completely different show. It’s pretty obvious that the writers wanted to cram as much as possible into the hour but with it being a pilot that’s understandable. I’m not a huge fan of the episode personally due to the fact it feels rushed and the characters generally being a bit ‘off’ for most of the episode. (Brass in particular is portrayed as a bit of an ass in the episode.) However it does do a good job of introducing forensics to the audience and provides a nice starter for several recurring themes over the season/series: Paul Millander, Nick/Kristie, Warrick/Nick’s friendship and Warrick’s gambling problem were all touched upon in the episode. I also love how quirky Grissom is, particularly the scenes in the morgue and the scene where he asks for Holly’s blood. :lol: (It saddens me that by the end of his run, Grissom essentially sheds most of the traits which made him a loveable character in the first place.) Speaking of Holly, I didn’t particularly warm to her. She seemed too whiny and needy for the job however I am a big fan of the diner scene with her and Catherine. I’m glad Sara was brought in instead, although I do wonder the direction the show would have taken had they kept Holly. (Particularly in some of the later seasons.) “Cool Change” was a big improvement over the pilot in my opinion. Having only two cases allowed the writers to develop the forensics aspect of the show and move at a more leisurely pace. I liked the balance in the two cases as well, with the A-case focusing on the forensics (gotta love the rooftop experiment!) and the B-case delving more into Catherine as a character and her determination to catch Holly’s killer. Add a bit of Sara/Cath drama and Sara/Warrick drama into the mix and you get a pretty stellar episode at the end. Neither of the episodes are perfect in their own right but both pave the way to a solid season/series and I feel that “Cool Change” in particular is as ‘classic CSI’ as you can get: Two solid cases incorporating both forensics and character development moonlit on a typical Las Vegas background. My rating for “Pilot”: 6.3/10 (so-so) My rating for “Cool Change”: 7.0/10 (good) I look forward to reading your inputs and observations.