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|Law Order - The Fifth Year |
Actors: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, Chris Noth, S. Epatha Merkerson
Directors: Arthur W. Forney, Chris Misiano, Constantine Makris, Dann Florek, Don Scardino
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Return to the scene of the crime with Chris Noth in his final season of the show honored by 11 consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series! All 23 compelling episodes of Law & Order: The Fifth... more »
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The last superb cast lineup of the long running series
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 03/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fifth season of Law & Order marked another milestone for the long running series. With original assistant DA Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) gone, veteran actor Sam Waterston entered the scene as Jack McCoy; the longest serving cast member after S. Epatha Merkerson and the late, great Jerry Orbach, and he's still on the series to this day. The fifth season also marked the final year for original cast member Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan, who seals his fate in the season finale. Despite the revolving door cast, Law & Order still managed to provide some powerhouse acting and great chemistry from the main cast of the show. The interplay between detectives Briscoe (Orbach) and Logan (Noth) is by far the best the series has ever provided, and the chemistry between McCoy (Waterston) and fellow assistant DA Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennesey) was very well done to boot. S. Epatha Merkerson is great as well as Lieutenant Van Buren, and Steven Hill is, well, Steven Hill. This fifth season also provided even more "ripped from the headlines" storylines, including one eerily resembling the John Gotti case, and they are done excellently as well. Sadly though, while this is the last superb cast lineup, this is also one of the real last excellent seasons to come from the series, as the revolving door of cast members and staff writers would continue to turn. All in all, as far as network TV cop dramas go, this is about as good as it gets."
Excellent in widescreen
J. A. Mayer | Honolulu, HI USA | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've just seen all the episodes on disc one. It appears that the series was actually shot in widescreen. I was surprised because I didn't think any shows were shot that way in 1994-95. This is what I consider forward thinking. As a photographer I can tell you that the cinematography is spot on. The entirety of the wide field is used 90% of the time. Actors are placed all the way on the left and right of the screen in many scenes. The widescreen imagery gives great ambiance to the stories. In addition, the picture seems to have been mastered in high definition. The images are nice and sharp. Since the series was shot on film there is some grain present; however, the grain does not detract from enjoyment at all. This is a top notch presentation by Universal. Bring on season six with Benjamine Bratt!"
There's a new prosecutor in town
calvinnme | 02/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This season marks the first season with Sam Waterston playing the role of executive assistant district attorney Jack McCoy. Jack replaces Michael Moriarty's Ben Stone, who had held the position of lead prosecutor for the first four seasons. Waterston turns out to be a great addition to the cast. It's not that he is better or worse in the role than Moriarty - he's just different. Moriarty's Ben Stone was more of the crusader, where Waterston's Jack McCoy is more out to right specific wrongs rather than "make new law", which was often Stone's objective. Once again the cast has great chemistry. We have what is probably the finest old cop/young cop partnership in the history of TV in Lenny Briscoe and Mike Logan, the two DA's Jack and Claire have great chemistry to the point that you are kept guessing as to whether or not anything more ever goes on between the two of them than just business, S. Epatha Merkerson is commanding and thorough as Lieutenant Van Buren, and then of course there is Steven Hill as the actual elected District Attorney and his memorable one liners and reflections that add just a pinch of needed spice to each episode.
The episodes are of high caliber too. The one that always comes to my mind is "Coma". This is one of the few L&O episodes where the actual murder is solved, but you know there has to be more to the story of what appears to be a murder for hire. Unfortunately, the actual murderer is a pseudo street person who has just died of natural causes when he is found out. The problem is, the husband of the victim is the actual suspect. He is arrogant and extremely guilty looking with the exception of that pesky problem of evidence. This case is revisited in season six. "Performance" is an extremely complex episode when what begins as an investigation into what appears to be an actual murder made into a movie turns into an investigation of an entire social order between teenagers in which boys get points for "conquests" of girls and the girls go along with it so they aren't made outcasts. The excellent "Second Opinion" is the bizarre case of a woman who collapses, and as she is being worked on in the emergency room releases toxic fumes that cause the loss of consciousness of several of the workers there. The case gets traced back to a doctor who is administering an unorthodox treatment for breast cancer. McCoy wants to prosecute, but when he sends Claire out to talk to women who have been patients we see that there are definitely two sides to the story. On one hand, there are all of the women who managed to avoid the scarring and horrors of chemotherapy and seem to be doing very well. However, there is also the fact that Claire can't interview quite a few of the patients because they are deceased. The whole episode brings up the argument of, in such a personal choice, whose decision is it anyway when it comes to the course of treatment to pursue.
"House Counsel", although it seems to be "ripped from the headlines" in the sense that it resembles the case of John Gotti's lawyer being disqualified because he was deemed too involved in Gotti's activities, actually is a pretty original episode. Here we get one of our first looks into the complexity that is Jack McCoy. He prosecutes a defense attorney for conspiracy to commit murder in the case of a juror in a mob trial who was paid off in exchange for voting to acquit the mobster. Later the juror was murdered to make sure he never talked. You're never really sure if McCoy is doing this entirely because he is convinced of the attorney's guilt and complicity, or if it is the result of years of sour grapes because the defense attorney has known McCoy since law school and has always been besting him in and out of court. For that matter, we're not sure McCoy is sure of his own motives either, as he appears to have mixed emotions when he actually wins a conviction against his old schoolmate.
The last episode "Pride" sees the exit of the last original member of the L&O cast (I'm counting the DA from the pilot, Alfred Wentworth). The episode itself is not that memorable except for the fact that at the very end Logan punches a defendant who has just been freed thanks to a deadlocked jury and a controversial topic that was part of his defense. This whole thing with Logan finally resorting to violence seemed a bit contrived. After all, Logan had verbally sparred with suspects before, and taken other cases much more personally than this one, but this is the first time he reacts this way. It results in his demotion and being sent to walk a beat in Staten Island, which is the subject of a later L&O movie, "Exiled". It's been said that the producers of the show decided to get rid of Logan because he was too much like Lenny, but to me this is what made their partnership click so well.
At any rate, this is one of the best all-time seasons of L&O, and I highly recommend it."
NOTH BIDS FAREWELL
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is certainly amazing in its ability to survive even after losing valuable cast members. This fifth year marked the exit of Chris Noth as Mike Logan; he will be sorely missed. Even sadder is the possibility that NBC is giving up on the series, now in its 17th season. The series tackles controversial topics, with no clearcut black and whites, always shades of grey. The fifth season is no exception, with continued good performances from its regulars and its guest stars. You can't go wrong with this intelligent, well done series, folks."