I'm sorry, but I just have to say, despite a severe lack of Warrick, Greg and Grissom, I absolutely adored it!!!
OK, so I'm one of the fans who actually likes Ronnie and the freshness she brings to the show. I love new faces, if they're well acted and well defined (I wasn't too fond of Sofia because I'm not too fond of Louise Lombard, but I love Jessica Lucas).
Can I just say... Wendy in a slasher flick??? CLASSIC! And Hodges' reaction was adorable, I loved it. Oh wow, it was fun watching Wendy sliced in half by a chainsaw. And Super Dave and Doc Robbins watching the Weatherly Adams movie in the morgue... so fantastic.
The tension with Ronnie and Catherine's storyline was spot-on! My roommate, who isn't a CSI-watcher, actually watched it with me and loved it too. The storyline was very classic horror movie, and had me on edge from beginning to end. Plus some excellent humor! Hodges and Wendy, Catherine and Dickie, Dave and Doc Robbins, Zach the director (a fantastic character! Wish we could see him again!)