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Published:April 9th, 2007 09:40 EST
CSI:NY comes into the light in season two on DVD

CSI:NY comes into the light in season two on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

After a freshman season of hits and misses, CSI:NY starts to find its legs in its sophomore year, out on DVD.

The second spin-off from the original and popular CSI, New York follows Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his team of forensic investigators as they solve crimes on the gritty and urban streets of the Big Apple.  In season one, the series was originally conceived to be darker than Vegas and Miami, and the response was mixed.  So, both writers and producers started to lighten the series by giving the team a new crime lab.  Then, the setting, the clothes, and the characters have softened a bit as well.

Season two was a season of change for CSI:NY.  For instance, Vanessa Ferlito, who played Aiden Burn, left after two episodes into the season.  Anna Belknap joins the cast as Lindsay Monroe, known to hot-tempered Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) as "Montana", which is where she is from.  No longer in the medical examiner's office, Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) is out in the field, working with the team more.

On DVD, season two of NY features all 24 episodes included with extras such as commentaries on key episodes and much more.  

CSI:NY didn't suffer from the so-called "sophomore slump", as it improved this season with episodes such as "Manhattan Manhunt", concluding the crossover from CSI:Miami, in which Horatio Caine (David Caruso) assists Mac to catch a serial killer who escaped in Miami, and was loose in New York.  The series continues to be more character-driven in others like "Run Silent, Run Deep" in which Danny's (Carmine Giovinazzo) troubled past is connected to a recent murder, and "All Access", when Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) is the victim of a brutal crime.

"Heroes", another great episode, resolves Aiden's arc as viewers learn what happened to her since she was fired by Mac for risking the integrity of the crime lab.  But when Aiden becomes the victim of a homicide, emotions run high as the team bands together to catch her killer.

Along with its first season, season two of CSI:NY is available on DVD, and catch new episodes Wednesday nights at 10pm on CBS.