|Opening theme||"I Can See For Miles" by The Who|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||March 4, 2015 –|
CSI: Cyber (Crime Scene Investigation: Cyber) is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS during the 2014–15 network television schedule. The series is the third direct spin–off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the fourth series in the CSI franchise.
The FBI's team of cyber crime investigators, headed by Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette), works to solve cases involving the dark net and deep web. Avery, an esteemed Ph.D. behavioral psychologist-turned-cyber shrink, is in charge of the Cyber Crime Division at FBI Quantico. The team she leads, which also includes single-father and former U.S. Marine Senior Special Agent Elijah Mundo, hacking savant Daniel Krumitz, ex-black-hat-hackers Raven Ramirez and Brody Nelson, and Deputy Director Simon Sifter, is tasked with solving Internet-related murders, cyber-theft, hacking, sex offences, blackmail, and any other crime deemed to be cyber-related within the FBI's jurisdiction.
Concept and development
On February 18, 2014, CBS announced plans to launch a new spin-off of the franchise titled CSI: Cyber. A backdoor pilot episode aired on April 30 as a season 14 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The new show's executive producers are Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker and Ann Donahue; it is inspired by producer Mary Aiken's previous work as a cyber-psychologist.
Cast and characters
|Patricia Arquette||Dr. Avery Ryan, Ph.D.||Special Agent in Charge (SAC)||Psychologist (Behavioural / Cyber)||Main|
|James Van Der Beek||Elijah Mundo||Senior Special Agent (SFA)||Battlefield Forensic Specialist||Main|
|Peter MacNicol||Simon Sifter||FBI Assistant Director||Main|
|Shad Moss||Brody Nelson||FBI Consultant||Computer Analyst||Main|
|Charley Koontz||Daniel Krumitz||Special Agent (SA)||Main|
|Hayley Kiyoko||Raven Ramirez||FBI Consultant||Main|
Dr. Avery Ryan, Ph.D. (Patricia Arquette) was a renowned Psychological practitioner in New York City when her patient database was hacked. She lost the loyalty of her clients (one of whom was murdered), and eventually her practice; as the series begins, the crime remains unsolved. Ryan joined the FBI's Cyber Division to ensure nothing like that could happen to anybody else. Now a Special Agent in Charge out of Quantico, Ryan travels nation-wide in search of the criminals who live in the dark net, all whilst plotting ways to catch the man who destroyed her life. She is fiercely loyal to her team and heads a "hack-for-good" program, employing cyber-criminals in lieu of prison sentencing.
Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek) is a recently divorced father and former U.S. Marine. As Avery's second in command, Mundo is an expert in battlefield forensics, weaponry, vehicles and bombs. An avid gamer, he is all-but-too-aware of the dangers that lurk in the dark net.
Simon Sifter (Peter MacNicol) is an FBI Assistant Deputy Director assigned to oversee Ryan's Cyber Division. A career Special Agent, Sifter worked his way up through the ranks investigating homicides, drive-bys and gang warfare. Now facing a new breed of criminal, he acts as the clearing house between FBI Cyber and other branches of the FBI and the government. He is tough, fair and knows how to play politics.
Brody Nelson (Shad Moss), known as "Babyface" to the team, is a former black-hat hacker who was caught and later recruited by FBI Cyber as part of Ryan's "hack-for-good" program.
Daniel Krumitz (Charley Koontz), referred to by his nickname "Krum", is an FBI Special Agent who Avery claims is the best white-hat hacker in the world. He is a brutally honest, quick-witted introvert who specialises in the technical.
Raven Ramirez (Hayley Kiyoko) is a black-hat hacker turned FBI analyst as part of Ryan's "hack-for-good" program. After two years at FBI Cyber, she has become a specialist in social media investigations, international relations and cyber trends.
David Ortega (Michael Irby) is a Medical Examiner who often assists the Cyber team. He is a Navy Captain.
Nick Dalton (Luke Perry) is a retired FBI special agent who has recently joined the private sector. He was forced to leave the FBI after a classified falling out with Ryan and her team.
Francine Krumitz (Angela Trimbur) is Daniel's sister; she is adamant that he needs to leave the death of their parents firmly in the past.
Aaron Sifter (Nathan Gamble) is Cyber Crime Director Sifter's Son.
Michelle "Mitchie" Mundo (McKenna Grace) is Agent Elijah Mundo's Daughter.
Devon Atwood (Alexie Gilmore) is Agent Elijah Mundo's Ex-Wife.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||1||April 30, 2014|
|1||13||March 4, 2015||May 13, 2015|
Pilot—CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Season 14 No.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|316||21||"Kitty"||Eagle Egilsson||Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. Zuiker||April 30, 2014||14021||9.95|
|Dr. Avery Ryan, an FBI Special Agent from Quantico, joins D. B. Russell and Julie Finlay's team when the murder of a casino owner's wife is linked to a target who works on the dark net to exploit wealthy businessmen.|
Crossovers with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||CSI
|316||14x21||"Kitty"||Eagle Egilsson||Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. Zuiker||April 30, 2014||14021||9.95|
|FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan travels to Las Vegas in search of an elusive cyber-hacker who, through the likeness of a woman he stalks on social networking, creates an online virtual avatar of her used to blackmail the rich.|
|323||15x06||"The Twin Paradox"||Phil Conserva||Christopher Barbour||November 16, 2014||15006||8.45|
Season 1 (2015)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Kidnapping 2.0"||Eagle Egilsson||Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue & Anthony E. Zuiker||March 4, 2015||01001||10.46|
|The FBI's Cyber Crime Division investigates a series of hacked baby monitors, but Avery believes it may be only a small part of a wider kidnapping conspiracy.|
|2||"CMND:\Crash"||Jeff T. Thomas||Pam Veasey & Craig O'Neill||March 11, 2015||01002||9.71|
Avery investigates a multiple fatality roller-coaster crash in which the computer was hacked and the safeguards disengaged. Meanwhile, Brody is struggling to separate his old life from his new, and Elijah is finding it difficult to live without his daughter full-time.Guest Stars: Jason George as Colin Vickner & McKenna Grace as Michelle "Mitchie" Mundo
|3||"Killer En Route"||Richard J. Lewis||Teleplay by: Kate Sargeant Curtis & Thomas Hoppe|
Story by: Matt Whitney & Brandon Guercio
|March 18, 2015||01008||7.96|
|A serial killer is choosing his victims from the clients of an Uber-like transportation network company. In a subplot, Daniel and his sister must deal with the possibility that the man who murdered their parents might be paroled.|
|4||"Fire Code"||Howard Deutch||Matt Whitney||March 25, 2015||01006||8.16|
A new code takes advantage of a popular printer's design flaw to allow cyber-arsonists to set fires remotely--and the person responsible is a figure from Brody's past. Elijah learns his ex-wife wants to move to San Diego and take their daughter with her.Guest Star: Alexie Gilmore as Devon Atwood
|5||"Crowd Sourced"||Eriq La Salle||Craig O'Neill||April 8, 2015||01010||8.25|
The Cyber team searches for a bomber obsessed with exposing truth about technology.Guest Star: Andrew Lawrence as Tobin
|6||"The Evil Twin"||Rob Bailey||Pam Veasey||April 15, 2015||01011||8.12|
|Avery and her team investigate the murder of a woman whose electronic devices indicate that she was alive for three days after her official time of death.|
|7||"URL, Interrupted"||Kate Dennis||Kate Sargeant Curtis||April 21, 2015||01005||8.42|
The Cyber team investigates when a high school victim of intense cyberbullying by her classmates pledges to retaliate.Guest Stars: Byron Mann as Jordan Tan, Nathan Gamble as Aaron Sifter, Irene Choi as Zoey Tan, Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Jennifer Mayfield, & Booboo Stewart as Owen Campbell
|8||"Selfie 2.0"||Eagle Egilsson||Anthony E. Zuiker||April 22, 2015||01009||8.27|
The team investigates the abductions of young women, whose social media pages continue to be updated. Avery helps Trish McCarthy (Rosanna Arquette) cope with the death of her sister, Avery's former psych patient.
Guest Star: Rosanna Arquette as Trish McCarthy, Rachel G. Fox as Elizabeth Marks, Grace Phipps as Vanessa Gillermann, Brett Rickby as Jasper Cross, Jonna Walsh as Missy Bowers, & Aja Evan as Juliet GillermanRecurring Characters: Luke Perry as Nick Dalton & Michael Irby as David Oregeta
|9||"L0m1s"||Nathan Hope||Michael Brandon Guercio||April 29, 2015||01004||TBA|
|10||"Click Your Poison"||Dermott Downs||TBA||May 6, 2015||01003||TBA|
|11||"Ghost in the Machine"||Alex Zakrzewski||Richard Catalani & Carly Soteras||May 12, 2015||TBA|
|12||"Bit by Bit"||Aaron Lipstadt||Thomas Hoppe||May 13, 2015||TBA|
|13||"Family Secrets"||Anton Cropper||Craig O'Neill, Pam Veasey & Matt Whitney||May 13, 2015||TBA|
The first season of CSI: Cyber has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 39%, based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While stocked with impressive talent, CSI: Cyber fails to add anything truly new to the franchise, settling for a slightly modernized twist on the same typical crimefighting scenarios." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 45 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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