Impressive. The long dark night for Goren's psyche seems to have passed. He looked healthy and rested--good riddance to the mountain man facial hair--, involved in the case from the outset, and rewarded my patience with an aria that I almost, ALMOST, had given up hope of ever seeing again. Bravo to Mr. D'Onofrio, the writers, director, and supporting cast for all their efforts. The results speak for themselves.
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame
OMG! This was one of the best episodes in such a long time! The aria was amazing, it's been so long since we've seen one this good. And during the aria when Goren drops down on his knees - it seemed like such a penitent action - I thought "YES - HE'S BACK, HE'S REALLY BACK" and this whole arduous journey of his is over.....
And the previews for next week - two episodes - I'm floating on a cloud.
"I'm in it for the work. The learning. The good stuff." -- Vincent D'Onofrio
Fantastic - absolutely fantastic. IMO Goren still looks a bit tired (in the eyes) but its from a lack of sleep working on the case, not from his demons. The clean shave & weight loss have brought out his facial expressions in full force. His movements are swift, agile and strong. I am reminded of Season 4 Goren, who had lost the quirkiness but had retained the insight & dedication of his mission. A true Dark Knight.
Love Susan Miszer. Always a stellar performance. And David Harbour offered up an Emmy worthy acting job. Such raw emotion. Refreshing to see an old school LOCI episode where we know the criminal at the get go from the teaser.
Captain Ross. What can I say? As A Dad himself, he was truly upset about having to deal with a "family alienater" and deferred with respect to Goren's obvious knowledge and expertise. And Eames was a great partner. Excellent teamwork. A creepy episode to air on Fathers Day, IMO.
Goren played Paul beautifully in the aria. Love his righteous anger - his physicality - his brilliance (and patience) in twisting Paul's warped message of faith against him. The best aria since "Blind Spot."
I literally had chills at the very end, seeing Eames, Ross & Goren together in the woods after Kathy was saved. Exchanging relief while that sweet song played in the background.
Thank you to the writers and to the cast & crew for that wonderful episode.
I agree. First rate from top to bottom. I was especially impressed with David Harbour, playing a very different character from his jewel thief in SILVER LINING. If his performance hadn't worked, this episode would've fallen apart. And he is one tall guy. I think he has an inch or two on Mr. D'Onofrio. I was also impressed with they young actress playing the daughter, and with the way the character was written. Tough, resourceful, and very brave. Quite remarkable the way she held together after realizing her mother was dead, her father was mentally ill and murderous, and she was next on the list.
Why is it that religious fanatics always turn to the most violent passages of the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations? Why don't any of them become obsessed with Jesus the Peacemaker?
Re. commercials: I'm very tired of Donald Trump and the revenge seeking FBI agent on IN PLAIN SIGHT. Also, it seemed a lot of the ads were for longer eyelashes, which is not a problem for Bobby.(g)
The opening crime scene investigation, with Goren and Eames and Rodgers all clicking together, is one of the best in a long time.
I thought Goren looked great through most of the episode, but during his initial interview with David and his wife (when they came to identify the bodies), he looked very tired. Perhaps the lighting...
There was some terrific camera work in this one. I liked the shot of David in the van mirrors when he's caught.
Did this episode seem especially bloody?
I hope I'm not too calloused, but I'm always affected by the sight of dead animals, especially pets. The sight of that poor German shepherd froze my blood, partly because, like Eames, I knew it wasn't a good sign.
The "duet" at the end was as well written and performed as one I've seen in a long time. I especially like the way Goren changes and adapts through that interrogation, and Mr. D'Onofrio's performance was excellent.
And then, we have the preview for next week...oh...oh...oh...
David Harbour has an impressive resume of supporting roles on television and in film, but his stage credits are even more so.
Al through this episode I remembered a case where a man murdered all of his family, reportedly to save them from evil. A reference on the Major Case site gave me the name of John List, whose case seems to have inspired at least some of the elements of this story. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_List for some more info.
I don't think I can add much to this conversation, seeing as I agree with everything that has been said! So nice to see Goren back! What an excellent aria! Wonderful acting all round! Was it family alienater? I thought they said family annihilator! Any excuse to see the episode again! And, yes patcat, why is it that religious fanatics always turn to the most violent passages of the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations? I'm guessing turn-the-other-cheek does not suit their vengful nature.... One of my favourite scenes (after the aria, of course) was when Eames and Goren where discussing with Ross what had happened to the first couple. Whereas Eames and Ross start to point the finger at a deranged lover, Goren tears that theory down immediately - and looks at Ross! It's the way he looked at him! And the look on Ross' face - priceless! I was a bit surprised to see an institute that considers itself a conservative Christian school has hired a lesbian drama teacher. Other than that, a return to the good old form!
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My only quibble with the episode is that the fanatic father keeps referring to "Revelations," when as a devout (but twisted) believer, he should know that it's "Revelation" (singular). I lead a Bible study and teach at a (conservative) Christian college, so I notice these things. ;D
I don't know about other denominations, but it's an open secret in the Catholic church that not only are many gay men priests (and, I hasten to add, ones that practice and take their vow of celibacy seriously and are remarkably good men), but that many people who serve the Church as musicians, administrators, teachers and other roles. I'd imagined it's the same with other denominations.