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Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA, USA
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Finally got to watch Thursday's episode.
I have to agree with others who've observed the obvious change in production style... darker, and "through a softening special-effects filter" so that lights GLOW, along with people's skin and hair.
Looks like they've gone to the dark side, like "CSI:Miami", whose look I detest. I was always thankful that "CSI:Original" NEVER looked like that, but rather always looked sharp and crisp, like "Boston Legal" and "Lost".
It's notorious underlit scenes (why do they always use flashlights, when they can just flip the switch in the room and turn the ceiling lights on???) were still quite clear, especially in the lab rooms (where it seemed to be perpetual night except out in the hallways). Now, it's just blurry dark and severely underlit.
Reminds me very much of the turn-for-the-worst that "Studio 60" took in its final throes. I don't know if that was a production cost issue (maybe they actually shot it differently... i.e. cheaper) or an artistic issue, but it looked horrible, and not very HDTV.
I sure hope this one CSI episode was an experiment only, and not the way they're going to take it out for the rest of this season.
Very disappointed. Actually, even the storyline this week was very weak. I guess the writers were rusty.