Law & Order: Criminal Intent- The Eighth Year - Season 8
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The Eighth Year features a suspense-packed caseload when Goren (Vincent DOnofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) investigate the death of a drug dealer who was involved with a politicians stepdaughter, race against the clock to track down a missing child, are tasked with hunting down a killers killer and more. Meanwhile, Nichols and Wheeler become submerged in the dark dealings of the celebrity restaurant world, investigate the stabbing of a young hipster and explore the murder of a high-profile CFO.
Part of televisions most successful franchise, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was created by entertainment kingpin Dick Wolf and ran for ten seasons.
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By the end of eight, you could see D'Onofrio had reached his limit, and I'm not surprised he decided to quit after this dog's breakfast of a season. The editing was sloppy, and the direction was careless. And what was with the horrid out-of-character scripts?
Firstly, no reference was made to the events in 'Frame'. Just one discussion with Eames about Bobby's obvious depression would have satisfied, but nada!
Worse still, the eps were all aired in a different order from which they were filmed. I highly suggest you watch them in the correct sequence, so you better appreciate Goren's slow (but silent)recovery from his grief: Faithfully, Folie a Deux, Identity Crisis, Alpha Dog, Playing Dead, Lady's Man, All In,and Family Values.
Of these episodes, my personal favorites were 'Lady's Man', where both Erbe and D'Onofrio get a chance to shine, and 'Family Values'. The latter was a little heavy-handed, but it featured many talented returning guest actors from previous seasons, and the 'aria' made me cry.
The worst episodes were 'Faithfully' which had annoying guest stars (plus Bobby now magically has a niece - continuity please). And then there was the dreadful 'All In' where a character called 'Josh Snow' is ostensibly 'Joey Frost' in a dreadful sequel (of sorts) to the S5 ep 'Cruise to Nowhere' - an insult to long-term viewers.
Still, even a bad S8 episode has a few good moments and VDO and Erbe are always worth watching. Take 'Family Values' for example. Even though the script was a wasted opportunity to explore the Bobby/Frank/Francis Goren parallels, the 'aria' featuring D'Onofrio and Sam Trammel is quietly outstanding.Read more ›
Nonetheless, I am happy to have the set (though I would have prefered a box cover which was not dented and wrinkled). Can't wait for the final 2 seasons of this iconic show to be released! My favorite of all crime shows!! And Robert Goren is the best of all possible detectives!! Vincent D'Onofrio rocks!!!
Two glaring errors were in the episode 'All In', in which the character Josh Snow was obviously Joey Frost from season 5. There was no reason not to keep him as Joey Frost, which would have provided some continuity. (perhaps they couldn't get the original actor who played Joey for this episode?)
Also, in the episode 'Faithfully', Goren's 'new family' is most likely his previously unknown family via his biological father Mark Ford Brady (the infamous serial killer).
Also, the missing episode 'The Glory That Was' being withdrawn from broadcast (and not included on dvd) due to apparent pressure from outside the U.S. is especially galling.
And finally, there is the inexcusable falling off in manufacturing quality by Shout Factory, from the packaging to the lack of Subtitles (using the obsolete technology of Closed Captions). The use of Closed Captions instead of Subtitles causes people with hearing trouble to make a choice. Watch in HD and have no visible dialogue. OR, hook up your equipment with Standard Definition (RCA red,white yellow) cables and see the dialogue, but have to watch the picture in Standard (Tube type TV) Definition.
Shame on Universal for treating Law & Order C.I. like a proverbial red haired step child!
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The series is slowly losing its grip. Over the past eight seasons, audiences have been enthralled by the intricate ways Goran has solved cases, but it would seem the writers are... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Leadbeatter
I'm always pleased when I buy a Law and Order DVD. Criminal Intent is my favorite. Season 8 was very good.Published 10 months ago by KAREN MELOY
Love it, it real good to watch very interest. and you can learn a little about the lawPublished 10 months ago by Eva Terry