Post by annabelleleigh on May 19, 2011 10:49:37 GMT -5
I'd like to disagree gently with my friend J-Fan on the writing quality of Season 10. Though not instant CI classics I think the scripts for the first two eps were well-aqcquited.
I don't even have issue with the writing of "Boots on the Ground" but I do have issues with the story concept. It was too complex for what is now a 40-minute procedural. (The other three minutes are now given over to the shrink scenes). So much dialogue was taken over to cumbersome explanations I almost felt sorry for the actors.
One of the true great CI writers, Marlane Gomard Meyer, had insufficient opportunity to do what she does best -- imbue the script with meaningful subtext. I was heartbroken (at least as much as one can be over a favorite TV show.)
And Jeri Ryan may have her fans but I usually find her presence (in any entertainment) annoying. IMHO she's always been a one-note actor -- haughty is her note -- and her appearance in this ep only reinforces my view.
Another good episode that is chock full of Goren-isms. I am really enjoying how VDO has re-engaged how he portrays the quirky Detective. Not just the leans and the hand gestures, but its in all of the tiny moves and voice inflections. Enthralling. It only brings home how disengaged he was for the last few years.
I like how the new Captain has Goren's back, especially during the aria. And it was a fine, old fashioned aria. Really good. The episode did need to offer alot of explanatory dialog, but that was often the case in the earlier episodes.
I'm not a fan of Jeri Ryan's acting, but she was competent enough. The actor who played the Mom was great. An entirely different role that "Cruise to Nowhere," and she was wonderful.
I don't see a toupee on VDO - more like a bad dye job. Or could he have had a few hair implants stuck in the top of his head? Just to fill it out?
The Nicole flashback was an initial "Oh No" but it was short, thank God. I don't think it was necessary.
I saw an interview with Vincent on another site (Someone kind can find and link to this site...it is on reelblog...I'm barely computer literate! . He talks about the aspect of manipulation present in this episode and how he feels this episode is similar to those of the earlier seasons.
I thought the characters of Eames and Goren were back to their engaging selves - so that was wonderful (I haven't seen the other episodes this season).
All until the shrink session at the end. I still don't see this as being in character for Goren, it seems he is a brainy cop, until he talks to a shrink & then is weak and questioning himself on everything. Blah.
Now, I have not seen the other shrink scenes - but watching this one - the facial expressions - especially the EYES of the actress, made the lady look TERRIFIED - it totally pulled out of the scene - she was also leaning back at odd times. Weird.
I still do not see the criminal INTENT back in action - it is hitting things at the same superficial level as all the other cop shows out there. I want to get back to having a large chunk of the story revolved around the criminal and their why's and wherefores. Showing the mostly evil with some interesting endearing moments.
I can watch any old cop show and get a flat story - without all the sappy disgusting angst in characters - so I hope we get more accurate psyc fun with the bad guys.
Now - this is not really a trash of the show, I enjoyed this much more than the last season - in fact, I'll make sure I watch the upcoming episodes - so that is actually a thumbs up for the show so far - I just don't think it is hitting the quality it did in the first 4 seasons yet.
Post by alliehalliwell on May 31, 2011 3:06:30 GMT -5
Just saw this episode yesterday. I liked it. The main plot I thought was okay. To me it was obvious the victim and Jeri Ryan were together. I was surprised that after she denied the relationship so much that Goren didn't pick up on the fact she was lying.
I found the 12 yr old victim to be one I felt really bad for. And did anyone else want the Krav Magaw specialist to have a fight scene? I did. I think it could have been fun to see her take down Terry Brooks! Toss him all over the squad room. That would have been fun.
Yeah...anyways, things I really liked were pretty much what everyone else stated. Goren's playfulness coming back. I laughed at his statement in the lingerie store... I really like this place'.
I found the 'lean' to be refreshing. He doesn't have to do it in every episode, but seeing it here did remind of me how much I missed it. Also, at the end you could see the anger in Goren when he was confronting Terence Brooks about killing the 12 yr old girl. I love how VDO can show so much emotion in just his eyes...
I also really loved the psych scene. Love how awkward Bobby was and that little analogy with the cars. It made me want to run through the screen and go "I won't let you die!" Yeah...I'm liking how we do get to see some of the psych scenes but that it's not overpowering or bashing us over the head.