Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CSI Miami: Drama - or Comedy?

CSI Miami is one of those shows you love to hate; a show that you hate to watch but you can’t miss an episode. It’s not because of the drama, the stories, and the forensics.

It’s because of Horatio Caine (David Caruso).

There is no crime fighter on television right now quite like Horatio. He is part super hero, part Sherlock Holmes, part lady killer, part protector of the children. But one thing is for sure – he’s pure 100% ham.

Who else besides David Caruso could play a character in such a way that is both calm and subdued, yet over the top? Face it, there is no one else that could pull off the stance of keeping their hands on their hips and standing sideways to look at everything, or the second most used stance of having sunglasses in hand and standing sideways. Maybe poor Horatio needs to get his eyes checked if he is unable to look at things straight on?

Then there are frequent attempts at “Lennie Briscoe-isms” which fall flat and even sends Roger Daltry into a scream. In fact, in our household, we scream along with Roger during the intro, because we know what is in store. Poor Frank Tripp (Rex Lynn), I think working with Horatio all these years made him suddenly lose all this hair. (Why, Rex, why did they make you get rid of that small amount of hair you had left? Was it to make Horatio’s red hair look even more dramatic?)

Let’s not forget Horatio’s talents in being able to get perps to confess simply by looking at them or asking one question. I swear the criminals in Miami are the dumbest on television.
I could go on and on about Horatio and CSI Miami but I think you know exactly what I mean. And I bet you don’t miss a show either. It’s some of the best comedy on television.

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Vixen said...

Comedy. No doubt about it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I'd call it comedy, but campy, to be sure. It's why we all watch. And Love it!