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CSI versus NCIS

Posted by MAaP on January 30, 2009

I’m fond of watching crime investigations and solving puzzles, which is why I’m a fan of crime series such as CSI, NCIS, Cold Case, even the tough-softy series The Closer. The two most popular crime series are unarguably NCIS and CSI. Which one tops the other?

CSI and NCIS

CSI and NCIS

CSI franchise

CSI franchise

CSI Crime Scene Investigation began in 2000, and has been so successful that it has spawned spin-offs and franchises. NCIS began when the original cast’s appearance in JAG prompted some interest to make a series on them. It is now going along smoothly with its sixth season and does not appear to be slowing down.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

It started with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and became CSI: Las Vegas when its two other franchise, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, also became hits. Among the three, though, it is still CSI: Las Vegas that has the upper hand, mostly due to the fact tht it was the first and has already established some ground among TV audiences.

CSI: NY and CSI: Miami are running their 5th and 7th seasons, respectively. CSI: Las Vegas goes on their 9th season, even with the departure of the show’s main lead, William Petersen, with two other main characters, Jorja Fox and Gary DourdanCSI: Miami also had their share of main characters leaving the show, but nothing as dramatic as William Petersen’s departure.

The majority of the main cast are still on the show, though, and the show still delivers thrills and suspense. There’s no sign that the show is stopping, with the many unsual cases and mysteries presented.

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

NCIS is also doing great with its sixth season and still has increasing popularity. The series was spawned after a spin-off of the series JAG. While NCIS is also a crime series, what makes it unique is that it only focuses on cases involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  This would get us into looking how investigators handle high-profile and sometimes highly confidential cases.

NCIS focuses on only one team and one case at a time. The show also incorporates lavish humor with the investigations. There is a trend in which each season has one major case building up throughout the episodes, and this has especially added up to the thrill and suspense.

Which One Is the Better Crime Series? I love them both, but I think NCIS overtakes the CSI franchise. For one, NCIS has a smarter and more humorous lines along the seriousness of the situations they’re in. Another reason is because of the growth and development of each of the main characters in the series. CSI doesn’t dwell deeply unto the lives of its characters. In NCIS, you can really see how each of the agents has gone through emotional abyss. CSI also had their share of dead agents, but NCIS has suffered more. Not that having agents killed off makes the show more fun, no. It’s because it highlights the danger of the job, and shows how it affects the investigations. The CSI franchise has also somehow become a little static in their style; always with two or more cases, with only a surprise here and there each season. NCIS, though, can still surprise us even when it’s already on its sixth season.

The Cast of NCIS

The Cast of NCIS

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Pride and Prejudice: 1995 BBC miniseries vs 2005 Movie

Posted by MAaP on September 26, 2007

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most beloved classics of all time. The romantic story revolving around two of the greatest characters has captured many readers in the world. The heroine Ms. Elizabeth Bennet has attracted us with her wit and intelligence rare in the period set in the novel. The lead male character Mr. Darcy, with his standards and proud aura, has captivated many as well.

With the novel receiving many favorable reviews and getting favorable critiques, it was expected that the story would be adapted into the screen. There were many versions and adaptations, but the two most popular would be that of the 1995 BBC mini series, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and the 2005 film, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.

1995 BBC TV serial

BBC Pride and PrejudiceBBC’s Pride and Prejudice was composed of 6 episodes, and the entire series pretty much stuck loyally with the events of the novel. Audiences loved it, and the Rotten Tomatoes has given it a perfect 100%!

One look at Jennifer Ehle and you’re sure that she’s great for the role. She exhibits intelligence and sharpness that holds true to the character of Elizabeth Bennet.Firth as Darcy and Ehle as Elizabeth

Colin Firth has also brought about a great impression as Mr. Darcy. Both of them, him and Mathew MacFadyen, has been praised for their performances as the silent and serious hero.

2005 Film

Pride and Prejudice 2005Unlike the British TV serial which remained with the main storyline of the novel, the film had many changes. This is understandable as following the novel in its entirety would result in very long long long long movie. Scenes had to be cut and the storyline had to be revised in order to adapt it to the big screen.

Keira Knightley was nominated for an Oscar with her role as Elizabeth Bennet. She was also the only one of the Elizabeths that was of the same age as the character.Knightley as Elizabeth and Macfadyen as Darcy

Matthew MacFadyen delivers a more brooding and silent Mr. Darcy, and is being compared with Colin Firth as to who is the best Mr. Darcy.

The movie is particularly complimented on director Joe Wright’s use of complex and sweeping shots that lasts several minutes. It eventually won him the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Aside from Keira Knightley’s nomination and Joe Wright’s award, Pride and Prejudice 2005 also garnered three more nominations in the Academy Awards (Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Costume Design, and Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ), and four more nominations in the BAFTAs.

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