Sunday, July 17, 2011

Case Closed for Law & Order: CI

When Law & Order: Criminal Intent aired its ostensible series finale a few weeks ago, producer Dick Wolf and stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe left the door just a little bit ajar in case a combination of solid ratings, audience enthusiasm, and network goodwill allowed for the show to soldier on. Well, that door has officially been shut and latched as of last Friday, with USA network prexy Jeff Wachtel signaling that Detectives Goren and Eames have officially divined their last criminal's intent. I can't say this is altogether surprising, as the stated goal all along in the wake of the creative shakeup after the previous season had been for the show to bring back its banner team for what I termed a "victory lap." And while these last eight eps marked a very welcome return to the series at its best, I'm also glad to see it go out on its own terms with a finale that was actually intended to be finale, as opposed the just-ended Law & Order: LA, which whimpered to a close with its season/series ender last Monday (not three weeks ago, as I erroneously mentioned earlier).

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