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A season of changes and constancy in one...
on July 15, 2016
Season 6 seems like a sharp cutoff between seasons 1-5 and 6-10. The latter seasons seem to get more personal for the detectives. For some, it seemed too much, but I thought it was good to get a glimpse into Goren, Eames, and Logan as people besides being good detectives. (I did not mention Wheeler since, being her first season, it seemed the show was just trying to establish her as a detective so her personal stuff would be more in S7 and S8.) At times, it did seem to skirt the line in getting to be *too* much, and the premiere seemed to be a precursor as to how Warren Leight would later inflict the same chaos and torture elements on SVU, where he'd go after CI, but thankfully, it was more restrained here.
Besides the personal stuff, we see just how much Goren relies on Eames when she is taken and just how vital she is - even if it doesn't sometimes seem so - to their partnership and in being a stabilizing influence on Goren.
Besides the arrival of Warren Leight as EP, we see new faces on screen, including Captain Jimmy Deakins' (Jamey Sheridan) successor, Captain Danny Ross as played by Eric Bogosian and Det. Megan Wheeler as played by Julianne Nicholson, replacing Carolyn Barek/Annabella Sciorra. (I liked Deakins more than Ross, but EB played Ross well. Wheeler seemed to mesh well with Logan.) Courtney B. Vance's ADA Ron Carver was also gone and sadly didn't get much in the way of an explanation, and his presence was missed since, after that exit, the show seemed to have rotating ADAs of little importance for the rest of its run.
But even with the changes, the show was still about getting into the minds of the criminals, more with Goren/Eames, as was their forte. (Not to belittle Logan/Wheeler, but their cases, IMO, seemed more the traditional good cops get bad guys, which offset the other half nicely.) And I think S6 had some of the darker perps, what with Jo Gage, Ray Wasneski, and, of course, Mark Ford Brady played by the late great Roy Scheider. (And it was a great bit of continuity to see Mark-Linn Baker's Wally from "Probability" all the way back in S2.)
Season 6, therefore, seemed like a pivotal transitional season, straddling the first and second halves of the series in terms of personal/professional issues and casting evolution. But in the end, it was still about overcoming: The detectives overcoming the criminals and the people behind those detectives overcoming their own demons.