he will be missed
I liked the character because he was geeky -- he was brainy and well-read and had strange passions for interesting things. Grissom was not like any other crime show hero. He demonstrated, albeit with fantasy science, that a dedication to facts, not feelings, was important. It's what made the original CSI stand out for me, and why I watched it. Once it got into the personal lives of the team, I became less interested, because the Grissom character was made a little more touchy-feely and, to me, less true. It's not that I don't like shows about personal lives, but just once it was fun to have a show based to pursuing hard evidence and finding out what chemistry could tell you. Another sorrow was that they had to make up things, like those national databases of car floor carpet fabrics, or the international database of toothpick wood -- that sort of thing.