Bobby GorenLaw and Order : Criminal Intent is now being syndicated and run daily along with my beloved Law and Order : Special Victims Unit.
For the first many episodes of Criminal Intent, I found myself feeling quite unsympathetic to the detectives, especially the male partner, Bobby Goren, played by Vincent d'Onofrio.
But I find myself now quite sold on him. d'Onofrio is wonderful at conveying the guy's wackiness; this is combined in the series with an amazing effectiveness. He susses things out! He goes off and studies stuff. He reads the Koran. He goes to the Library. I think he is marvellous! And while this sub-series is straying wildly from Law and Order's general realism, it is a lot of fun.
I suspect my normal insistence on the stories I watch seeming plausible has been undermined by my newfound commitment to the various CSI incarnations. These are rife with material that cannot be real - my favourites still are the magical image enhancements - there are only 4 pixels left but the magic algorithm produces a clear picture, either with a licence number or the name on a driver's licence! This is utter nonsense, but surely so is most of what they show - immediate DNA identifications, immediate epithelial identifications. And man do they love epithelials - these are second only to flashlights!
In the end though, Vincent d'Onofrio is no match for Mariska Hargitay. Back to Law and Order : SVU!!