I'm with you, Techguy. I think I was in a generous mood when I voted and was so excited for a new episode that I didn't judge it rationally.
If I had the chance to revote, I would have chosen C-/D+. A- for acting (Acting is always great but I thought some of Eames' deliveries were a bit forced and, even though it was funny, Goren's whack job impression now makes me cringe), E for story (plot and soap), D for directing (choppy cameras and zoom? this is not CSI. I will watch CSI if I want to puke from motion sickness)
It is definitely not the LOCI writing of old, but I think we may simply need to resign ourselves to that. As to Eames' "forced" deliveries"--so Erbe has mannerisms. She is still highly committed to what she is doing and gave a moving performance, which is more than you can say for 99.9999% of female lead actors on primetime television dramas.
"I didn't take this job to get noticed"--the sadly fictional Detective Alex Eames