WE shudder to even imagine a day when we would no longer be entertained by Horatio (David Caruso) and his trademark one-liners to the strains of The Who shouting “Yeahhhh!”.
Alas, that day has come sooner than expected with CSI: Miami Season 10 this month. Horatio’s swan song — a riveting and emotionally-packed season that’s said to “go deeper with Horatio” and give viewers a chance “to see clearly the man behind the dark glasses” — will offer closure to fans with a far more personal approach than previous seasons.
One scene seared into our minds at the end of Season 9 is that of a badly injured Horatio desperately trying to rescue teammate Natalia (Eva La Rue), who is trapped in the trunk of a car pushed off a pier. Season 10 debuts on the same note and we soon get the sense that the CSI: Miami team is set for a season that’s fraught with more danger than before.
This season, Horatio’s deadly nemesis comes in the form of serial killer Esteban Navarro (Kuno Becker) who sustains his terror spree with his family’s strong political backing and deep pockets. The patriarch of the Navarro family, Diego Navarro (Carlos Bernard, 24) and his mother (1970s sex symbol Raquel Welch) have set their sights on Horatio and ride on the reins of their family’s power and influence to split the CSI: Miami team by all means.
Explains executive producer Barry O’Brien: “We are seeing Horatio on a very uncertain landscape, where it’s not always so clearly black and white, right and wrong. Horatio can’t always see the opposition in front of him, and can’t quite measure who’s for him and who’s against him... (he will) face certain compromises in his quest for justice that we haven’t seen in previous seasons.”
It’s not all doom and gloom this season, as romance might just be in the air yet again. The hot-and-cold relationship between Calleigh (Emily Procter) and Delko (Adam Rodriguez) may finally blossom and have a future, especially as Calleigh gets in touch with her maternal instincts. Horatio also has an intimate encounter with his past — through a vision of his deceased wife Marisol (Alana De La Garza) — which might just allow him to deal with his loss and move on for the first time. Also of note is Rodriguez’s encore as writer/director of a CSI: Miami episode this season revolving around child molestation.
No case is too big for Horatio and team, leaving no stone unturned in the quest for truth and justice in the final season of the award-winning CSI series. As the franchise of the “most-watched TV drama in the world”, awarded for the fifth time at the prestigious 2012 Monte Carlo Television Festival, CSI: Miami is set to go out with a big bang.
CSI: Miami Season 10 premieres on Aug 8 at 9.05pm on AXN (Astro 701) and AXN HD (Astro 721)