I just finished watching the final episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and kind of think that the ending was pretty anti-climatic, but it wasn’t bad. The show closed out with Detective Goren’s final assessment appointment with Police Pyschiatrist Gyson, which included a short montage of Det. Goren at work through the years. The closing scene was Goren leaving the pyschiatrist’s office with Det. Eames waiting outside; it concluded with them going to their next crime scene… and fade to black.
On the plus side, I’m glad that they did not butcher the ending like they did with the entire ninth season. The downside, they butchered the series with the ninth season by completely shaking up the cast and the working dynamics between the two detectives. Det. Goren, as quirky as he may be, is a character that draws you in; while, Det. Eames provided a bit of balance when Det. Goren stepped out of line in one way or another. In the ninth season, Det. Nichols was too quirky and was not a personable character and there wasn’t a lot of link between him and Det. Stevens. The same could be said about Det. Logan and his numerous partners, but neither Det. Logan and his partners were that off-putting.
With that said, I am saddened that there will no longer be any new episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which leaves the hormonal roller-coaster series that is SVU left in the US. I will no longer follow or watch SVU when the new season starts, partly in protest but also in lack of interest.
If anyone at USA Networks is reading this (doubtful), the only reason why I continue to watch your channel is solely for Law & Order: Criminal Intent re-runs, until the rest of the seasons come out on DVD, and for In Plain Sight. TNT has already reeled me in with Rizolli & Isles, which I think is a slightly better series than In Plain Sight.
Tonight is the airing of the fourth of the eight episodes in what is supposed to be the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I can’t belive the already short season is almost over. I have been pretty happy with the season so far; and, it’s not just so that I can watch both Det. Goren and Eames. Considering how Det. Goren’s character was written in seasons 7 and 8, plus the extended first episode of season 9, it isn’t surprising that the writers had to include additional glimpses in the detective’s pyschiatric state.
It is highly unfortunate that the series has to end, as the only Law & Order series that will continue in the US will be SVU. Sorry, the so-so Law & Order: Los Angeles has been cancelled. There is always Law & Order: UK, but I have to wait for the new seasons to be released on DVD in order to watch them. Yeah, not wanting to pay $15-20/month just to get the package that includes BBC America means that I miss out on new episodes of L&O: UK, Top Gear and, even more painful, Doctor Who.
Anyway, I’m still disappointed in how NBC/Universal butchered L&O: CI, aka the weak ninth season, and traded the franchise for cheap and pathetic reality shows. Yeah, we need more Apprentice or modern Colosseum/Gladiator-nee-talent shows like we need more methane in our water.
Update: Lovely, Nathan Petrelli, I mean Adrian Pasdar, will be on the next episode of Criminal Intent. I’m going out on a limb and say that it won’t be Zachary Quinto in disguise either.
After a disappointing season with Det. Nichols and Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, it is great to have both Det. Goren and Eames return. It is unfortunate that it will be the final, short season for the series.
It is also interesting to have Jay O. Sanders as the MCS Captain, mostly after his performance as Harry Rowan in the L&O: CI episode “Dead” and in the original Law & Order series in the “Tabula Rasa” episode. Oddly, he was not part of the title sequence, leaving Vincent D’onofrio and Kathryn Erbe to own the sequence (even though the theme is still the rather weak one from L&O: Trial by Jury used since the show moved to USA).
By the way, Amazon is now taking orders for the L&O: CI Season Six DVD set, which are scheduled to be available on June 28th. Finally.
Lastly, also nice to have In Plain Sight return and air adjacent to L&O: CI.
In less than a month, the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will start airing its eight episodes. On a very positive note, Detectives Goren and Eames will return (I’d like to see how they pull that off, considering that Eames resigned after firing Goren) with a new captain.
After a pretty dismal ninth season with Detectives Nichols and Stevens, I hope that the producers and writers do not screw up the final farewell of the two most loved detectives in the series.
I also hope that airing the final season will also get NBC Universal to get off of their collective behinds and release seasons six through eight on DVD as soon as possible. At least USA has been somewhat on the ball with their In Plain Sight DVD releases and TNT releasing the first season of Rizzoli & Isles on DVD in June.
Four episodes. That is how many episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles (refered to as Law & Order: LA from here on) have aired on NBC. It is also the number of episodes of Law & Order: UK that I have watched on DVD. I think it is about time to give both series a very quick analysis.
The new serials have some commonality, but there are some significant differences. Both series are set in locations that are thousands of miles from New York City, the home base of the four other Law & Order serials (the original series, Criminal Intent, SVU and Trial by Jury), which does take a little bit of getting used to. While there is a bit of LA-isms and slang found in the respective LA serial, so much of it has permeated throughout American culture, there are no learning curves. Continue reading
Every time you read or hear the name of President George W. Bush’s Communications Director, Nicolle Wallace, and immediately think of Det. Robert Goren’s arch-nemesis, Nicole Wallace. It happened has happened to me a couple of times already, but made me chuckle when I heard the name tonight while watching The Rachel Maddow Show. :)