Love to see a TV show take a big risk… and succeed. “CSI: New York” gambled on Friday’s episode titled “Unspoken,” telling the story of a shooting at a political rally without any dialogue for the first half-hour. New music from Green Day served as the “narration.”

Executive producer Pam Veasey, who crafted the episode, says the idea was inspired by last year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture “The Artist.” She told TV Guide that the show’s goal this year was “Do the unexpected.”

The unspoken scenes worked because of the music, the editing and the actors’ abilities to express their emotions without words.

The storyline: a gunman opens fire at a political rally for a senator. In the aftermath, CSI Lindsay is injured and a child is accidentally shot.

CSINY Video – Unspoken –