I'm sure Wil's an ace of a chap, totally boss and all (because I can tell all of that through his magnificent blog and books (I haven't gotten The Happiest Days of Our Lives yet, but I love Just a Geek and Dancing Barefoot), but my addiction to C.S.I.: Vegas is absolutely his fault. I'd never watched an episode in my life, and honestly had no interest, until he made an appearance back in 2005. I wanted to see some recent acting work from him and he was on as a crazy homeless guy, a red herring in the search for the murderer of a young kid. I was intrigued by the procedures and tests they did, all stuff I'd seen on non-fiction shows like the one Dr. Henry Lee was a part of (that was a good show.)
My mom, being a "true crime" and forensic science nut, is less enthralled with C.S.I. because these folks aren't taking precautions against cross-contamination of the scene, but I'm all like, "They're all too pretty to cover up like Cate Blanchett *..."
Then, Quentin Tarantino did a fantastic two-parter the same year (it's the one with John Saxon and where Stokes is buried alive in a plexiglass coffin.) Still, my addiction was a slow burn. I'd stop and watch if I passed by Spike TV and they were playing it.
Then, about a month ago, I discovered CSI Sundays on Spike and that was it. Now, I've got C.S.I. on my Netflix queue and I've been watching episodes through the CBS website, something I've never done before (it's actually really cool and the commercial breaks are only between 15 and 30 seconds.) My journey to the Dark Side is almost complete...
*transmogrifies into "William F'in Shatner" for a moment* WHEEEAAAAATTTTOOONNN!!!
* Cate Blanchett was in Hot Fuzz as Nick Angel's ex Janine...the one covered from head to toe in protective gear at the crime scene in the beginning of the film. If you're reading this and going, "Wha-?" rent Hot Fuzz. Not as good as Shaun of the Dead, but I loved it.