I know it’s only been two weeks, but I miss CSI already.
I didn’t watch the show when it initially began, it was one of those things that passed me by. But about 2006 I was at a loose end for which DVD box set to rent next from LoveFilm. I thought “I hear CSI is pretty good. It’s got the really beautiful brunette with the amazing eyes from ER and The West Wing. I’ll give it a go.”
I was instantly hooked. The storytelling, the technology, the intelligence of it; It was just wonderful.But then in episode six a new character turned up and I saw someone just like me on TV for the first time in my life. I was 27 years old and I’d never seen myself reflected on TV before.
Sure, Doc Robbins wasn’t exactly like me. He was 30 years older than me, male, and heterosexual. But it was the first time I had ever seen a realistic disabled character on TV.
It’s important to remember the other ways in which CSI changed the world. We all started watching because we knew a certain brunette. We kept watching for a lot of other reasons.