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  • Alix Kunkle: A eulogy for a monumental television show

  • But the Magic City lost its luster, and Horatio Caine will ride off into the sunset, the best (yes, I say the best) CSI supervisor of the three divisions portrayed. Rest in peace, "CSI: Miami" (2002-12). You will be missed.

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  • When I first started this column, I should have warned you that this section would be more of a mixed bag than your trick-or-treat bag at Halloween. If I didn't... well, you've been warned.
    So it's only fitting that this week is just as random as every other week. I can go from a special request one week to talking about baseball the next, to a eulogy this week.
    Anyways, this eulogy is about a month late. I've never been a huge follower of entertainment news, and there's only a handful of shows that I'll take time out of my day to make sure I catch the latest episode when it comes out. So, unless I'm looking for it, I don't usually know, or care, when a show is renewed or cancelled.
    But it took me aback when I discovered earlier this month that "CSI: Miami" isn't going to be renewed for an 11th season. I knew the end was near for the fabled show, but I thought it might have one more good season left in it.
    I never really got into "CSI: Miami" until about 2006 or so. Before, I watched more sports shows than anything — ESPNews was a favorite of mine, as was "SportsCenter," and I always wondered if I had enough smarts to "Stump the Schwab" (to this day, I think I could do it).
    But I started moving away from ESPN programming, especially since they've embraced force-feeding the NBA down our throats. But that's a topic for another column.
    Anyways, after about three or four episodes, I was hooked on "CSI: Miami." And that show got me hooked on just about every other crime show that's ever existed. "Law and Order," "Criminal Minds" and now "The First 48" and "NCIS," to name a few of them. I haven't hooked myself on "NYPD Blue" yet, but if it ever ends up on television anytime soon, I'll probably find my way to it. "Numb3rs" was another one of those shows, though I thought that it, too, ended earlier than it should have.
    But there was just something about "CSI: Miami" that appealed to me. Maybe it was Horatio Caine's unique demeanor. Maybe it was Frank Tripp's sarcasm. Maybe it was because, no matter what you thought might happen, the next episode always caught you off-guard. I always felt the characters on "CSI: Miami" were more interesting than in the original CSI. Now, "CSI: New York" grew on me quickly, but it didn't quite have the same aura as in the South Beach.
    I didn't feel "CSI: Miami" got its proper finale. They brought Darren Vogel (Malcolm McDowell) in, and at one point, eluded to "making Horatio's lab pay," but we were left hanging. I thought that might be a fitting season, or series, finale, but I guess not. We're only left to wonder what Vogel might have done. Maybe he would have had one of his sleazy partners attempt to burn the lab down.
    Page 2 of 2 - Or, maybe taking down Vogel ended up being Horatio's last stand. I'm sure the producers had something big in mind with Vogel, or even another one of Horatio's former enemies, but we'll never really find out unless the producers decide to spill the beans.
    Alas, "CSI: Miami" was the victim of the changing trends of our television viewers. America has turned into a population who wants to see overly-tan trash get drunk and have sex 24 hours a day. Whatever. I'd rather watch "Law and Order" reruns anyways.
    Regardless, at its peak, "CSI: Miami" was one of the biggest television shows of the mid-2000s. But the Magic City lost its luster, and Horatio Caine will ride off into the sunset, the best (yes, I say the best) CSI supervisor of the three divisions portrayed.
    Rest in peace, "CSI: Miami" (2002-12). You will be missed.
    Alix Kunkle is the News Editor of the Leesville (La.) Daily Leader. You may contact him at news@leesvilledailyleader.com.
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