The New ‘CSI: Vegas’ Lab Is Way Different Than the Old One

by Megan Molseed

CSI has gotten even more state-of-the-art now that the hit franchise returns to television in a brand new series, CSI: Vegas which premieres tonight on CBS.

While a few original CSI members such as Sarah Sidle (Jorja Fox) and Gil Grissom (William Peterson) are returning to the reboot of the hit CBS investigative drama series, their old CSI labs are not.

In fact, the labs in which Sarah Sidle and Gil Grissom used to spend hours as they worked with forensic clues to “follow the evidence.” Solving a seemingly unsolvable crime using state-of-the-art equipment has now gotten a major upgrade.

And, explains the show’s technical advisor, Daniel Holstein, there is a very good reason for these updates.

‘CSI: Vegas’ Works With Some Major Advances

“Since 2017, there have been a lot of studies on bloodstain aiding,” Daniel Holstein says. “They’re perfecting the science in terms of peaks that come out on the screen.”

It has been a number of years since CSI fans have been inside the Las Vegas CSI lab.

And, as it tends to do, technology has grown immensely in that amount of time. And, this is apparent in the updated CSI: Vegas lab.

According to Holstein, there have been some massive technological advancements over the years.

Each one, he says, has changed even the most state-of-the-art equipment. Equipment that our favorite CSI detectives used during the show’s initial run.

From the CSI: Vegas DNA testing equipment to the speed and accessibility of many of the CSI lab’s necessary components Holstein says it has all been upgraded in life, and on the show.

For Holstein, an exciting factor in this new look the lab has on the series is how advanced, and small, the equipment has become over the years. Primarily since the series went off the air a few years ago.

“I’ve used scanning electron microscopes before that took up half a room,” says Daniel Holstein who came to the series as an advisor after working in the field for many years.

“When I saw this device (the one on CSI: Vegas) you’re talking maybe 2 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet in height,” Holstein explained. “It’s a little box.”

Bringing Back Some Familiar Faces In ‘CSI’ Premiere

Tonight’s CSI: Vegas premiere will bring back some CSI fan favorites, as well as introduce us to a whole new team.

In the series premiere, CSI alums Sarah Sidle (Fox) and Gil Grissom (Peterson) join the new team to help them “follow the evidence” while solving a shocking new case.

Introduced along with Sidle and Grissom Wednesday night is a line of new characters.

Heading the CSI: Vegas team is Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome.) Roby heads the CSI: Vegas team that consists of Josh Folsom (Matt Lauria) a CSI: Vegas level three officer; Josh Folsom; Alli Rajan (Mandeep Dhillon), a level-two CSI investigator; and Hugo Ramirez (Mel Rodriguez) the CSI: Vegas team’s “Mastermind of the Morgue.”