Law & Order: The Eighth Year - Season 97-98
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Cary Lowell especially shines in season eight. She is compassionate, principled,smart and expressive. Her face displays the gamut of her emotions.
Jerry Orbach, always witty, is even better in season eight. He has the same dry humor but also deals with his daughter's addiction and arrest. This softer side of Lenny as he is trying to connect with his daughter is some of his best work.
Season eight has some of the best plotted shows in Law and Order history. Cary Lowell (Attorney Jamie Ross) is brilliant in the episode that confronts the horrible practice of female genital mutilation; this is groundbreaking in a crime drama. She is also marvelous in the episode where her integrity is on the line for a mentally ill defendant.
Law and Order has never shied away from controversial topics and the moral questions that haunt the characters. Season eight has episodes that confront assisted suicide, child abuse, paparazzi and the first amendment, and the death penalty. Adam Schiff is in an election year and the politics of his DA office and reelection are yet another factor in the disposition of cases.
An added bonus is the addition of the Homicide Life on the Streets episode with Briscoe and Curtis along with Sam Waterson traveling to Baltimore to investigate the terrible death of a teenaged model. Lenny has great rapport with Detective Munch and tells Munch how alike they are. "You wear a badge and avenge the dead." Well said, Lenny.Read more ›
This is the last season of Assistant ADA Jamie Ross (Carie Lowell), working with ADA Jack McCoy...she played the role VERY well...may have even matched the performance of her predecessor Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessey)...McCoy is brilliant as always, as is Detective Lenny Briscoe...Detective Ray Curtis has completely grown into his character in this season...the chemistry between Briscoe and Curtis is starting to peak...amazing performances all around...and of course Lt Van Buren and DA Adam Schiff...nothing but the best from them as always.
There are a few standout episodes that are truly riveting...and let's keep in mind that this is in the time period when this show was at its pinnacle...I would say between Seasons 5-16 to be exact, but, particularly seasons 6-12 is where this show really enthralls...My personal favorites of Season 8 are as follows:
- Nullification, Baby it's You, Under the Influence, and Monster (the season finale)
You learn a little bit more about the personal lives of the shows characters, without digging too deep and changing the premise of the show...they started to do that a bit by around the 6th season but in the 8th season we get to learn a bit more...and it makes the show just that much better...the occasional cliffhanger type episode is also a real treat...which has been done on a couple occasions prior to season 8, but in this season we get three back to back episodes (one of which takes place in Baltimore and includes Detective Munch, etc)...Read more ›
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I have great thanks that I am able to have this year of the series and will now watch it forever.Published 3 months ago by J. Barclay
Excellent acting as usual - a few plots are stale but not bad.Published 5 months ago by Frederick E. Miller
Glad to get this - for when Cable TV stops showing Law and Order 40 times a day. I really love the show.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been looking for the individual episodes of Law & Order, but apparently Amazon hasn't set it up yet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. M. Butler