LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT “To The Boy In The Blue Knit Cap” Season 10 Episode 8 (Series Finale) – So marks the end of a franchise. The only Law and Order to survive is the creepy one about perverts and children and women getting torturing and sexually abused and murdered. Occasionally there’s a man thrown into the mix, but really it’s all about the pervs so it hardly matters. Criminal Intent lasted an impressive ten years, faring far better than its Los Angeles little brother, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s star vehicle has come to an abrupt stop.
I say abrupt because while I realized that this was the final year for the series, I had no idea that the series would end on such a whimper. The only thing tying these eight episodes together was the weird therapy scenes with Goren, in which he talked about his anger issues and how they could potentially impede his job, yet they may have taken place on a different show entirely, for the Goren we saw investigating the crimes was not the Goren in the therapy scenes: there wasn’t even a hint of the Goren in the therapy scenes in the crime procedural.
Which makes me feel for Eames, not to mention Kathryn Erbes who was always shoved aside for D’Onofrio’s scene chewing. Erbes’ Eames became the writer’s audience surrogate: her job was less about policing, more about admiring Goren’s genius. She was the second fiddle on a one-man show which is only a pity because Erbes has often proven herself to be an underrated, understated, very good actress.
The case of the week was the usual Criminal Intent campy ridiculousness. Last week we had Icarus on Broadway parodying Julie Taymor’s Spiderman, this week we have James Van Der Beek and others take on The Social Network in a very very loose parody. There were blue hats and tears and computer codes and algorithms and father and son issues and fidelity problems galore and Goren and Eames sifted through the evidence and eventually found the killer. It was pretty boring, which is a pity because even though I wasn’t fond of it, last week’s Icarus and the episode about wine were not dull affairs at all.
Goren, ultimately, passed his psych therapy sessions and he and Eames rode off down the New York City streets to another crime scene. I found myself literally mouthing “Let’s go” as soon as I saw Eames standing on the sidewalk. I was wrong though. Law and Order: Criminal Intent isn’t so predictable after all. It turned out to be Goren who said, “Let’s go.”
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