Just started watching CSI Cyber season 2, episode 1. I will not be watching any more.
I liked the first season, it was interesting and entertaining and the whole show was about the story. Season 2 has changed everything, it now appears that the show is all about “artistic” camera work, directing and editing, the story now takes a very distant 4th place.
The camera is NEVER still, it is always on the move even when the subject of the shot is stationary. For example in one scene the team are getting an update in the incident room and the camera is forever on the move. When it is behind the team and the shot is of the screen the camera moves back and forth in the area outside the glass walls, there are objects constantly getting in front of the camera, posts, people etc.. , judging by the number of people walking in front of the camera (EXTREMELY pour directing) it appears that they have the main thoroughfare for Grand Central Station just outside that room. When the camera is on the people it just keeps jumping from one angle to another. I find this type of camera work VERY annoying and a distraction from the story, maybe that’s the point ? To distract the viewers from the sub-standard script ?
Extras constantly moving in between the camera and subject ?? Really ? VERY annoying and distracting, it takes the focus off the subject, I thought the whole point of the show was to tell a story not to show how self absorbed the director is.
Constant flashes of scenes that last only a few frames. This is not very helpful to the story line, it has a number of bad side affects. One side affect is that the viewer is left thinking “What the hell was that ?” leaving them distracted from the next scene or the scene it has just jumped back to. Another is when the flashes occur rapidly in succession it can have a physical affect on the viewer, in my case it makes me feel like vomiting (a few months back I had a stroke that affected my vision, I now feel nauseous when I encounter something like a “strobe effect”), it is not just this show that does this, there are hundreds of them. I have always felt that this is a cheap, nasty and very unimaginative way of building suspense. The unique thing that show does however is use these affects constantly.
Just to confirm I will NOT be watching any further episodes of CSI Cyber.