I am so excited that season five of CI is finally coming out on DVD. Unlike the other reviewers, I have to say that the addition of Barek and Logan was a great idea and the main reason I fell back in love with the show. I was more than a little saddened that Annabella Sciorra didn't stay for sixth season as I loved her character, Carolyn Barek, and very much lament the missed chances.
Still, season five produced some of my favorite episodes of the series. "In the Wee Small Hours" was very well done, as were "Scared Crazy" and "The Healer". I have to say that in terms of show mythology, everything from "To The Bone" through "The Good" was a fantastic set up for Jamey Sheridan's exit and completely set up all of season 6 and the fallout therein.
Something that has always - and will always - impressed me about Criminal Intent is that the internal character continuity is some of the most perfect on television. Character choices made in season 1 resonate and stay consistent straight through all of season 6 and beyond. Season five set the scene for everything that came after, including the deconstruction of the Goren/Eames partnership. Season five really is the last of the golden days for their partnership and friendship.
I have really been anticipating this release and can't wait to get it in my mail box!