Fans of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" were fortunate to get a final season of this longtime cable TV favorite. After a ninth season in which lead characters Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) had seemingly departed the Major Case Squad and the series, they were brought back for a shortened tenth season of eight episodes, with a new boss and all-new cases.
The new cases follow a familiar and successful formula: off-beat murder cases in which the detectives must smoke out the intent of one or more suspects and secure a confession. The final cases range from Broadway to the Catholic Church, the fashion industry, a mercenary security company, and an online dating service. Guest stars include, among others, Cynthia Nixon and Neil McDonough.
Detective Bobby Goren has returned to work in a probationary status; he must pass a psychiatric evaluation to be fully restored to duty. His weekly encounters with Dr. Paula Gyson (an excellent Julia Ormond) are a highlight of the final season. The sessions are an uncomfortable expedition into Goren's psyche, and there is real dramatic tension over whether his return will be approved by a seemingly skeptical Dr. Gyson. Goren's need to return to detecting is palpable, and the sessions also raise some interesting questions about his relationship with Eames. The low-key but oddly satisfying finale's final moments will appropriately feature the two detectives. Highly recommended to fans of "Criminal Intent."