Criminal Intent finest of Law & Order series
Windsor Star, 1.24.09
by Alex Strachan
If all you knew about New York was what you learned from watching Law & Order and its innumerable spinoffs, you could be forgiven for wondering how there could possibly be any people left in that city, what with all the murders in the shows.
Tonight, CTV is handing off much of its prime time schedule to repeats of the least known, but in some ways most intriguing shows, in the Law & Order universe, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
That's the spinoff originally developed by Montreal native and McGill alum Rene Balcer, who is now the supervising producer, head writer and de facto showrunner of the original Law & Order -- or "the mother ship," as creator Dick Wolf likes to call it.
Balcer originally conceived Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a Columbo-esque reverse on the standard Law & Order formula. Criminal Intent was designed to be a study in criminal psychology rather than a straight murder mystery. Who commits the crime isn't as important as why.
The fun -- if you can call it that -- is in watching Vincent D'Onofrio's Det. Robert Goren and, in more recent seasons, Chris Noth's Det. Mike Logan, trap the perpetrator in a game of cat-and-mouse. Full article
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