TV Show Review – CSI: Cyber, Season 2 (The Final Season)

CSI: Cyber, Season 2 (The Final Season)
Courtesy of CBS Entertainment
Release Date: September 6, 2016


If you’re a tech nerd like me, then you probably love all things cyber-related. I confess I’m not a fan of other CSI shows, but when I heard about CSI: CYBER, I knew I had to give it a look. The future of criminal activity is cybercrime, thus it was only a matter of time before a show like this came along.

CSI: CYBER surprised me on a couple of levels. I wasn’t expecting the show to be as intense as it is, nor did I figure I would enjoy it so much. Having no prior experience with CSI, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But thankfully, I can state CSI: CYBER is an entertaining and satisfying thriller.

If you are not familiar with CSI: CYBER, here is the show’s plot synopsis courtesy of CBS Entertainment:

In a world where everything is digitally connected, we’re all potential victims. Yet technology is on our side, thanks to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division. As a victim of hacking herself, Special Agent in Charge Avery Ryan (Academy Award® winner* and Emmy® Award winner** Patricia Arquette) uses her knowledge of behavioral psychology to understand the all-too-human personalities behind the virtual menaces. She’s backed by the unstoppable crew in her Cyber Threat Operations Center. As a battle-tested Marine, Special Agent Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek) is prepared for real-world action, while analyst Daniel Krumitz (Charley Koontz) can crack any device. Reformed black-hat hackers Brody Nelson (Shad Moss) and Raven Ramirez (Hayley Kiyoko) seize the chance to use their skills for justice. Veteran Crime Scene Investigator D.B. Russell (two-time Emmy® Award winner† Ted Danson) joins the unit, applying his experience in traditional forensics to cutting-edge threats. Together, this ultra-skilled team is ready to take on the evolving tactics of the next generation of crime. Don’t miss the 18 thrilling episodes of CSI: CYBER®, collected in this 5-disc set.

I am disappointed the network decided to cancel this show after only two seasons, however I think I can understand why they did it. For as commonplace as cyber-threats are to the mainstream public, most people do not stop to think about cyber forensics and the methodology involved with tracking down online criminals. As such, this show is probably a bit over the heads of some viewers.

CSI: CYBER is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. The acting is solid, and the plotlines are fairly easy to follow. I liken this show to NCIS in a way because the stories can be complex, but not overly so. I enjoy the occasional cranial-twister episode, but within reason; both of these shows do a good job of not overusing this concept.

CSI: CYBER is a great show, and I recommend it. There are only two seasons to it, so the finale is kinda disappointing, but it’s still a fun watch nonetheless. Both seasons are available now.


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