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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14
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75

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7.2

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  • Summary: Gil Grissom is ready to move on as season nine of the long runing series introduces Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) to the Las Vegas crew.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    CSI is not looking for a facsimile, so fans can rest assured that Fishburne will evolve into a unique and valued lead on his own.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    I'll miss Grissom, but welcome Langston's brusque authority: lotsa possibilities for friction with the prickly CSI crew.
  3. 75
    If you were worried about your favorite show's favorite character's replacement, rest assured that Fishburne's Langston is different enough to walk easily in Grissom's paper lab shoes.
  4. Fishburne doesn't show up until halfway through the episode and mostly stays in the background once he does, letting the intellectual chess match between Grissom and DJK be the focus. And that feels right.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    While toying with chemistry is always dicey--especially when somebody as prominent as Grissom is involved--the storytelling remains the star, a fact neatly underscored by the casual nature the Petersen-Fishburne baton pass plays at least within this fast-paced hour.
  6. 60
    The particulars of the transition involve the usual melodrama, as each regular cast member has a chance to express his or her feelings about Grissom’s departure, however pissy or mundane.
  7. Fishburne, however, has done some terrific acting, and Langston is a character who's strong enough (though a nontraditional one for police shows) to firmly take Grissom's place at the table. Just in a different seat.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Sep 22, 2010
    8
    I really enjoy the new life that Fishburne brought into the show. Grissom was tired and was dragging the show into a parody of itself. So glad that the show has gotten back to the crime as the main focus and not the inter-office love relations. Expand

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