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With all the hype it's hard not to go into this episode with high hopes and the first half doesn't let down. Terrance is back briefly and I couldn't be happier about it! I'm not much for stunt casting but Nelly has already proved himself on this show and in my books he's among the best guest stars they've had.

They don't waste anytime getting to the action, but they do it well and it's nice to see Eddie chewing up some intense emotional/action scenes as Flack.

We're required not to ask why a new mother pulling part time shifts is hot on the most intense scene in NYC, but that's just beans compared to most of their reality missteps, so we move on pretty fast.

FINALLY, we get to see something many of us have been hounding for since the beginning; Danny repaying Don with some much needed reciprocation of friendship as he's the first one to storm into the hospital to check on Don's sanity and Angell's condition just before Don breaks right down.

We actually get an interesting Don and SID scene... the likes of which I can't ever remember happening before, let alone one so emotional. Sid is sympathetic and respectful as ever and Don while apprehensive about the autopsy relinquishes with Hammerback's best reassurances and puts Jess in his capable hands. Amazing scene for Flack and Hammerback and their rarely examined working relationship.

Even Adam is getting some action tonight! Putting his technical prowess to good use and risking his neck by bugging Dunbrooke's car and narrowly avoiding detection! I love seeing Adam living up to his potential.

Eddie pulls off the look of Don Flack at the end of his rope with quiet sincerity, telling Mac and Danny that he needs to be there so matter-of-factly that neither bother to question him despite the fact that he looks like a train-wreck and hasn't brought himself to change out of his bloody cloths yet.

Ultimately losing Jess didn't hurt me personally, but seeing Don's response moved me implicitly and in terms of developing characters was probably the best decision they've made all season.

While I've never been much for any of Dunbrook's plots and I won't say this one is much tighter than the others, but at least I'm interested and invested now that they're exacting justice for the loss of Det. Angell and I'm kind of curious as to just who the bad guy is by the time Dunbrooke announces that Mac, Danny and Don's insistence on interjecting themselves into the situation has left Dunbrook Jr in the hands of kidnappers. Maybe Mac wasn't right for a change!

Flack does the best job he can keeping a firm grip on things while he swaps sentiment with Jess' father and it's pretty heartwarming. He even manages to make his voice waver just slightly and it's a convincing touch through and through. So much range for Don in one episode is exciting and fresh. To see him going from a touching memorial service to his no-bullshit detective routine with Terrance and the thugs Terrance tipped them off about. The only thing I wish is that Mac wouldn't steal the lime light as he does from time to time, and leave the seriously vengeful bits to Flack.

They really manage to capitalize on everyone's specific skill set tonight, keeping Sheldon a part of the action by using him as a field medic. While I might complain that we don't see Sheldon with a gun enough, he is a healer so I like this too.

Predictably Don faces off with the same guy who took Angell's life but for a more surprising twist Don pulled the trigger! A GREAT new dark side to the typically by the book Det. Flack and I'm LOVING it.

Also more surprisingly I really liked the finally scene between Dunbrook and Mac, where they neither concede defeat to the other, but don't seem to have each other's personalities so pigeon holed any longer. Interesting.

While they're having an impromptu wake for Jess I'm thrilled to actually see the WHOLE group included -- by which i mean Adam and Sid's attendance, but then the drive by rolls up and the place goes up in a flurry of glass and bullets and the cliff hanger injury issss --- well that's just it... we won't know who got hurt in there until next season. That's the cliff hanger. Meh.

Considering the bleak season CSI:NY has had this finale starts to make up for it. Hopefully they keep their heads clear out of their asses next season too!

ETA: Sorry about the centeredness of this post. :P Didn't realize the tag was broken. Fixed.

Date: 2009-05-15 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's good to hear Eddie had such great material to work with this episode! I'm almost tempted to download the episode just to see the scene where Danny goes to Flack to comfort him in light of Angell's death.

As for who's gonna get hurt ... my money is on no one. :P And even if someone does get hurt, they'll probably be a-okay by the next episode so yeah, meh.

Date: 2009-05-15 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yah I'm not exactly sold on the idea that anyones life is going to be at stake here, but whatever, that's probably the least interesting part of the ep to me..

You SHOULD download it if only for the Danny arriving at the hospital just in time to hear Don's bad news and see the big lug break down. And after Don puts the punk out of his misery he walks away from his body while Danny and others are heading in and Danno knows Don finished the guy but doesn't question how it went down. He just pats him on the back, (though it damn near because of bum tap XD) and lets Donnie walk away. :D

Date: 2009-05-15 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*lol* The shooting was the least interesting part? That's pretty funny, but also a good sign that Eddie really hit it out of the ballpark.

Date: 2009-05-15 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He so did. T_T The big lug cried tastefully throughout the show and just plain needed a group hug at the end. Eddie did a great job of balancing Flack's anger and sorrow and pain and desire for vengeance in the final moments of hesitation before he executed Jess killer were tense and ultimately surprising even if I did wanna see the guy blown away. Nailed it.

So much love for Flack right now. :D I NEED CAPS. RAWR!

Date: 2009-05-15 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree that the bar scene at the end was the least interesting part of the show and I'm not expecting anyone to be seriously hurt. Maybe TPTB will surprise me, but I doubt it. I absolutely loved this episode. The hour flew by. Overall NY is very good at finales. Hell, I even liked Lindsay in this episode. And Flack executing the bastard who killed Angell was shocking. I hope they have some follow up with that. I don't really want Flack to get in trouble for it because the scum was a cop killer, but I'd love to see Flack struggle with the fact that he took a life out of revenge.

Date: 2009-05-15 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ditto. While I imagine someone is going to bleed as a result of the drive by, I'm not sold on the idea that it's going to be much more than a flesh wound.

Lindsay didn't get on my nerves either but I am still wrestling with the timeline in my attempt to decide whether or not she should even be working again already, but they do like to fudge timelines without much notice. :P

That was such a surprise for Flack who's usually kind of a boy scout. Sure, he's been known to run some scary interrogations, but this is a dark new side of him! <3

Date: 2009-05-15 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Since Lindsay was working part time in last night's episode I'd bet they jumped the time line ahead or else it could be explained that when a cop gets shot the whole team comes in and works the case. I usually bitch about people who make assumptions about what could have happened off screen, but that's because what they come up with makes no sense with what we know in canon. With Lindsay tonight I liked that she was one of the people who expressed what everyone was thinking about losing Jess. It wasn't an Evel Knievel leap to assume that Lindsay and Jess would've been friends because Danny and Flack are friends. That's the kind of filling in the blanks I think the show can get away with because it doesn't make you have to twist or ignore canon to make the explanation fit.

Date: 2009-08-10 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
First time reader & first time poster. 8)
I wanted to say I love your CSI: NY reviews and enjoy reading someone else's thoughts on an episode.
Plus you seem to be a Flack/Danny fan which is A+ in my book! *A*

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