As finales go, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” Sunday (June 26) series closer was downright unemotional. Instead of spending the last hour closing the loop on detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Alexanra Eames (Kathryn Erbe), the show was — well — an hour-long procedural cop drama. Which is maybe why we liked this show so much in the first place.
Sure, D’Onofrio as the eccentric detective Goren was endlessly entertaining, but when it comes right down to it “Law and Order: [Insert franchise here]” is all about the crime — and so “Criminal Intent’s” last outing stuck with the formula that kept us watching each week for (most of) the past decade.
The final case we see Goren and Eames solve together was not only ripped from the headlines, but ripped from the script — the story of a hip social networking entrepreneur and rich twin brothers suing her for copyright infringement was almost a carbon copy of “The Social Network.” Except in “The Social Network” the purported thief was a guy and no one got killed. Also, Vincent D’Onofrio didn’t swan around delivering lines like, “I”m a concerned citizen with a badge.”
“The Social Network” didn’t have James Van Der Beek, either, who guest-starred as total jerk Rex Tamlyn, the social networking genius’ business partner who does his best to emulate Justin Timberlake’s “Social Network” character, Sean Parker.
Beyond the step-by-step as we follow Goren and Eames through the clues, there isn’t much in the way of hints that this is — hey — a series finale. There are some scenes between D’Onofrio and Julia Ormond as a police detective who has apparently successfully helped him battle his multiple demons and made him understand that he’s meant to be a cop on the job.
And that’s how the show ends, with D’Onofrio’s Goren ready to jump back in to work. Too bad there won’t be a season 11 so we can tag along.