Law & Order: Criminal Intent returned for its final season, with a treat for long-time fans. Its original stars, Detectives Robert Goren and Alex Eames, played by Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, were back.
Fine acting, a fast-moving script, and a central paradox drawn from Greek tragedy. Still, the plot that sparks this dramatic energy, as happens too frequently with the ageing L&O franchise, is humdrum.
The problem with trying to scale a TV character back down after he's gone all intense and Promethean and charged out there where the buses don't run is that, once he's made it back down to Earth, the character seems diminished.