Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

CSI Goes Deep (a.k.a. The Inappropriate CSI Crossover)

Author: Arduinna
Nominator: Yeade
2009 Award Category: Genres: Crossover

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Dead bodies, and non-graphic descriptions of how they got that way.
Summary: The CSI team investigates a massacre.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

This review took longer than most to write because I couldn't stop laughing over the image of orcs being characterized as, ["Gang-bangers, into ritual scarification"]. Fantastic story. What makes this so good is that it doesn't try too hard to be a crossover. No awkward character insertions or introductions are needed. This is CSI at the beginning of a case, and as of yet, their only contact is with the dead. And that seems to be where they're at their best. I loved this methodical look at Moria as a crime scene. The whole idea makes me laugh, and it was brilliantly rendered here. I love that Grissom knows about cave trolls, including their scientific name, and I love that Sara baffled them all by uncovering evidence of a frying pan used as a blunt instrument. Too bad that Legolas didn't realize the problems of using a weapon (such as a bow) that leaves behind such obvious evidence for CSI teams. Things might not go well for him if Grissom catches up with the Fellowship.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 5

This was... refreshing! I've only watched a few episodes of CSI, so can't judge how appropriately the characters were depicted, but just the idea on its own and independent from the brilliant execution deserves massive applause! I laughed or at least grinned through the whole story, the scenario itself was just too hilarious, and the assumptions that led to reconstructing the Moria scene had me giggle manically. Really, really, really well done. Thanks, and bwahaha! As internet lingo is so fond of saying, this really is 'made of win'. ;)

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Now, this is a crossover to appreciate--a CSI team examining the Chamber of Mazurbal in Moria! What are they going to think when they consider all the weapons used by whoever it was who fled the chamber on the creatures they found clogging the doorway and all about the chamber, particularly considering the finding of the corpse of a cave troll within the room? I had to giggle as I read this one! Definitely a story to bring a laugh or two! Now, what are they going to think as they read the journal left by Balin's folk? Or will they be able to read it at all? Heh! And what about that frying pan, huh?

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

OK, I confess, I have never seen CSI, but I have watched a lot of police procedural-type shows, and the idea of a scene-of-crime squad going over the "crime scene" in Moria was just too funny! It may have been an "Inappropriate crossover", but it was as funny as all get out! I loved the totally logical-- and very nearly correct-- conclusions they came to. And it was a hoot to discover that one of them knew the "Latin name" for the species, "cave troll"! LOLOL!

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

The idea by itself is funny enough, but the exact place of this crossover is even better. So convenient a crime scene, so many evidence to examine and speculate about. My favourite was Grissom channelling Boromir ["They have a cave troll!"]. And of course Grissom would know all about cave trolls and would lecture the others on this to him so fascinating subject!

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 3

Oh, I love a good crossover. With some of the strange stories CSI has done over the years, I don't find this as far-fetched as some might think. I think I liked Grissom the best in this one. He seemed so right. I could here his voice saying those lines, and his knowledge of cave trolls was a hoot. This was great fun. Wish there was more.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 3

Absolutely lovely and hilarious. This works so well because of the completely different perspective on that battle scene the CSI team is exploring, and it is great fun to imagine them trying to form the complete picture from the clues. Wonderful and unusual crossover! I like!

Reviewed by: elfscribe -- Score: 2

What a fun crossover idea! CSI and LOTR investigating the battle in the Chamber of Mazarbul. Especially got a kick out of their puzzlement over the frying pan injury.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 2

What if the team from CSI came across some trolls and their victims? Would they remain as unflappable as ever? This delightfully amusing tale gives the answers!