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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 4 out of 21

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  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.
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.