Post by janetcatbird on May 24, 2004 15:02:57 GMT -5
"11 years--the longest I've been with any woman."
I haven't seen Dennis Farina in anything but my parents thought he'd be good. Yes, that was a nice way to send Lenny out, but I was mad that he didn't get a hug, or even a pat on the back from anyone. (Well, remember in Bratt's last episode just as his character was about to walk out the office Van Buren went "Rey..." in that Mama tone of voice, as in, don't-you-walk-away-from-me-without-an-acknowledgement-young-man, and she gave him a hug.) Good grief, look at how long Lenny had been there...sigh. Sentimental Catbird needs to get a grip, I know. But that was a nice setup to explain how he can retire but still be involved in the spinoff.
The plot did seem old to me--I could have sworn one of the earlier mothership episodes had done something similar. But in a way, that allowed them to acknowledge Lenny's departure in more than the five minutes from the end blurb that most of the others had gotten. Besides, how many viewers were focused on the case for this particular episode? Apart from Trisha, Metella, and those like-minded souls?
Post by NikkiGreen on Sept 15, 2004 13:30:32 GMT -5
From AP news:
Right at 'Law & Order'
NEW YORK (AP) -- The folks on NBC's "Law & Order" will go to work on a familiar street.
New York City on Tuesday renamed a short road that heads to Pier 62 on Manhattan's West Side "Law & Order Way" in honor of the show's 15th anniversary. That's where the show's offices are located and many of its episodes shot.
"New York City is as much a part of every 'Law & Order' ensemble as the actors," said Dick Wolf, series creator.
The drama is welcoming yet another cast member this season, with actor Dennis Farina, a former police officer, replacing Jerry Orbach as actor Jesse L. Martin's detective partner. Orbach is heading to the new spinoff "Law & Order: Trial By Jury."
Martin said his new partner is doing fine.
"He just fit right in," he said. "I don't know how he did it, because I was nervous as hell that first day."
"Let me not grope in vain in the dark but keep my mind still in the faith that the day will break and truth will appear in its simplicity." ~~~R. Tagore, Whisperings~~~
Post by janetcatbird on Sept 22, 2004 22:08:05 GMT -5
So, what'd everybody think of the new guy? Obviously they wanted a contrast to Lenny, I think they came up with one. Although we are definitely in that wary, what-do-we-make-of-this-guy stage so we shouldn't jump to conclusions. (And no, I won't burst into "Getting to Know You", even if I like "The King & I". I do not enjoy Rogers' and Hammersteins' obnoxiously cheerful schmaltz.) I must admit that the first episode where he whipped out that book and highlighted the crusader's tabard (you can imagine how this History major/Brother Cadfael fan got excited at that!) reminded me of Goren. Oh well, a couple more days!
Is it just me or were these two episodes portraying Serena as a bit of a wimp? Well, that's not the right word, but very conflicted and hesitant, not too happy with the situations. Lord knows I could never do that job, I'd be whining all the time and I wouldn't want to have to judge people. Wonder if they're setting up the reason for her leaving: after 13 episodes the character may just be at burnout or need to get away. (Hey, that was the direction Claire Kincaid was headed if it weren't for the car accident.)
I was struck by the final shot of the second episode, after the verdict was handed down the (ex)husband/widower sitting in the courtroom witht hat troubled "Oh God what have I done?" look on his face. Nicely handled by the director/cinematographer.
Can you tell I'm ready for some new meat?
"If it's dangerous to talk to yourself it's probably even dicier to listen." --Jim Hightower
I didn't just give him one shot, I gave him two, and I just plain don't like Dennis Farina on L&O.
I don't think Farina does a very good job acting his part, sorry Farina fans. I don't believe him. He's too forced in some scenes, and too forceful in others. He's a distractingly bad actor, IMO.
The character I really dislike. He has an awful orange tan that clashes horribly with his hair and light colored clothing. He looks even more orange next to the gorgeously coco-complected Jesse L. Martin *sigh* Sorry, mushy, girlie moment there. Back to Farina's character: he's an asshole. He constantly makes snap judgments, he's abrasive, rude, close minded and he dresses like a Vegas club host. Bluck. Make him go away! I don't think I can watch the show if he stays