æthre wrote:The main complaint seems to be that it is not how it was a few seasons ago.
It's not just that it's 'not how it was.' It's more that it's done a full 180 from where it was. In the beginning, it was light-humored and driven by small glimpses of interaction between the characters; Cath and Griss' friendship, a great deal of UST floating between Cath and Warrick and later on Griss and Sara, and it was, despite the subject matter, a surprisingly cheery show.
The last couple of seasons have seen it take a complete turnaround - it's become a forensic soap opera, the plots have become absurdly convoluted, the themes are darker (yeah, darker than murder... go figure!) and the characters have been forced into behaviors that they would never have condoned in themselves. Warrick abusing drugs and attempting murder, Sara drinking herself half to death, Grissom merrily walking out on his team (well, what little of it has managed to survive...)
And of course, there is Hodges. That man needs to be shot