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    Posted: 03 Sep 2010 at 4:31am
I'll admit up front that I don't watch CSI: Miami.  However, I've seen ads for the show enough that I have a general gist of what the show might be like.  With that said, why is this show filmed with such a weird contrast and saturation setting?  It is like someone took an over-processed Photoshop picture and applied the same effects to the video.  I have NEVER seen any place look as vibrant and colorful as scenery on this show.  Watch an example in this promo.



Also, why does it seem that the sun is ALWAYS setting on this damn TV show?  It is as if it is perpetually 7:30 PM or something!  I'm sure that I'd see a real day or night scene if I watch a full episode, but the directors of this show must have a thing for unrealistic orange skin tones and an almost-set sun.  Maybe they can't afford a real lighting setup and they must rely on sunsets to provide a natural 'glow' to their actors.

You can really see the sunset effect in this video...notice how the sun seems to be setting in every outdoor scene:


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This god-damn show is nothing but Bruckheimer's sensationalist fantasy! It's too flashy, mainstream, and absolutely artificial. Why? There is none of the grit, realism, and substance that embodies Law & Order and Miami Vice or even the original CSI. What upsets me is the fact that CSI Miami is chock full of stereotypes. Minorities are often portrayed as gangsters or the poor, women have that reality-show slut vibe, and average people drive luxury cars and live in mansions are just the most blatant examples. There are no normal-looking people on this show everyone has the appearance of a model who just walked off the pages of a of a Censored J. Crew catalog. I know the main characters have to be lookers, but give normal people a chance.  It should be called "Pretty Cops solve crimes in a Fantasyworld of Pretty People."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rantalicious Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Sep 2010 at 4:32am
To sum it up:

Hideous production values.
Ridiculous, ludicrously removed from reality settings and situations.
David Caruso.

Move along, nothing to see here (if you aren't a masochist).


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The earlier seasons weren't as bad. I've seen some episodes from the second season, and some of them were actually pretty good.
 
I think the show has just been running too long, as has the original CSI, and CSI:NY(Which for awhile was actually my favorite of the CSIs, untill it started going downhill halfway through season 3)
 
Apparently they still get good ratings, which is why the plug hasn't been pulled yet. But all three shows are suffering from fatigue here. They need to call it quits.
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I gotta agree with Jessica.

I liked the early version; the current is basically horse sh*t - and as much as I have always like 'Horacio Cain' (my kind of crime fighter!), he has gone downhill in the same manner that 'Jack Bauer' did, on '24'. Too friggin' 'tired'; wandered too far into 'make believe land'. 

The early shows were so very 'technically dreamy' as "Bones" (there IS a point where what is reality crosses the line and comes into what is "wish we had THIS" - "Bones" constantly crossed that line, in my opinion). Sure, a lot of the 'computer magic' is here, but it certainly is not as close to reality as they make it seem. That's what *I* think.

There is a time to end a show; 'CSI: Miami' missed that time a season or so ago (CSI: Las Vegas missed it when they brought Laurence Fishburne on board - that should have been over after ONE season, if not a few episodes...). 

Seems more like "CSI: Keep a Paycheck Coming In", for many of the characters.

 
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My problem with this show is that it's too gory and there are too many of them on. How can you tell them apart? My mother watches them and I have to ask her which one is this and sometimes even she doesn't remember!
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Originally posted by Moochamoocha Moochamoocha wrote:

My problem with this show is that it's too gory and there are too many of them on. How can you tell them apart? My mother watches them and I have to ask her which one is this and sometimes even she doesn't remember!
 
It's easy, Mooch. If everything on the screen looks yellow/orange, it's the Miami version.
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Originally posted by ThreadKiller ThreadKiller wrote:

Originally posted by Moochamoocha Moochamoocha wrote:

My problem with this show is that it's too gory and there are too many of them on. How can you tell them apart? My mother watches them and I have to ask her which one is this and sometimes even she doesn't remember!
 
It's easy, Mooch. If everything on the screen looks yellow/orange, it's the Miami version.
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And NY is the bluish version! LOL

I watched one episode of Miami that took place at some mansion party, and it was loaded with a bunch of unnecessary party clips swooping across the screen. It looked like some college freshman was trying out Final Cut for the first time, and immediately went for the fanciest graphics. Angry

And that's what I miss about 80s detective shows like Simon and Simon and Remington Steele. The dialogue may have been cheesy*, but at least the camerawork and graphics didn't give me vertigo or make me want to adjust my set.

*Wait, I forgot CSI: Miami has EXTREMELY cheesy dialogue! LOLLOLLOLLOLLOL



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Isn't it funny how every episode starts like this:
 
Horatio finds a dead body. He puts on his sunglasses. He then says, "It looks like...we have...a murder."
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I could rant a long time about this piece of sh*t show.  I watched it for about 3 or 4 years but I finally had enough.  I can't stand Horatio (Caruso).  This character is portrayed as being so perfect, so empathetic, so politically correct, so brave, so noble, blah, blah, blah...He is AlWAYS right about everything.  He does stuff that is against procedure or actually illegal and its allright because he has to do it or because its the right thing to do but if one of the other characters does anything at all that isn't appropriate, Horatio bitches at them and tells them not to do it again.  And to top it all off, the man looks so damned uncomfortable in those suits and orthopediac shoes, and he's uuuuuugly.  I know that most shows on television are very unrealistic in how they are protrayed but this would be my number #1--and the way L&O SUV has been going the last few years, they would be #2.  Stabler should have been in prison years ago.
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I'm a regular watcher, and I do have to chuckle at it... I live in South Florida, and I can't seem to find the show's version of Miami: a city of hot people with perfect English diction. 

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