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23skidoo May 25 2010 03:47 PM

The most fascinating thing about the L&O finale
 
I tuned in last night to bid Law & Order farewell. I know it wasn't produced as a finale episode, but it still worked quite well, I thought.

During the episode, they went into CSI mode, using computers to enhance a photograph in order to find a clue. This actually surprised me a little, because they never used to rely on tech so much, but I thought, heck, L&O influenced so many shows in its day it's inevitable it, in turn, would be influenced by CSI.

And the it occurred to me, that back in 1990 when the series started, such technology was considered science-fiction! We actually have experienced a case where a series lasted so long that technology considered either the stuff of SF, or at least future-thinking scientists, back when it started, was now considered commonplace as the show ended! (Not just the computer photo thing either -- the cell phones, too, as well as the Internet being a major part of the plot. There was no Internet per se back in 1990 and cell phones were the size of bricks.)

Alex

Marc May 25 2010 05:15 PM

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the 27th Precinct has come a long way from the IBM PS/2 that would sit in the corner of the squad room and seldom used :)

bigdaddy May 25 2010 05:53 PM

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I like to think of the show is...

When it started I have a friend who was 10 months old. :lol:

ATimson May 25 2010 07:19 PM

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23skidoo wrote: (Post 4109504)
I tuned in last night to bid Law & Order farewell. I know it wasn't produced as a finale episode, but it still worked quite well, I thought.

It worked as a good farewell to the characters, but I don't think it was a good finale. The episode was pretty much devoid of the courtroom...

...but then, so was the pilot. So I guess it's fitting, in a way. :techman:

Still wish we could have seen McCoy's threatened prosecution and civil suit. It would have been glorious.

DonnyBaker May 25 2010 08:10 PM

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Yeah,
It was alright. But I was hoping they would do something dramatic like have them all get blown up in a bomb at the courthouse. Not the school cause that would have only taken out the Lupo and the Fat black guy from Transformers 1. But they could have killed them all off at a big Oklahoma City style bomb on the courthouse. That woulda been a heck of a way to go out on a bang.

Starbreaker May 25 2010 08:32 PM

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McCoy sure had a great last rant. That was Emmy worthy stuff right there.

Kira's Mom May 25 2010 08:55 PM

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I'm going to miss McCoy's rants. :(

Christopher May 25 2010 09:26 PM

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DonnyBaker wrote: (Post 4110318)
Yeah,
It was alright. But I was hoping they would do something dramatic like have them all get blown up in a bomb at the courthouse. Not the school cause that would have only taken out the Lupo and the Fat black guy from Transformers 1. But they could have killed them all off at a big Oklahoma City style bomb on the courthouse. That woulda been a heck of a way to go out on a bang.

Seeing as how L&O has never been about a specific set of characters, it wouldn't really have made sense for the end of the series to focus on a conclusive (let alone cataclysmic) ending for the specific group of characters that happens to be filling the stock roles at the moment. That wouldn't really have been a resolution to L&O, because there are so many other characters whose stories have already been resolved or who have just moved on to other jobs. It's not the kind of show that should have a decisive ending. It's about the process of fighting crime in New York City. That's not a story with an endpoint. I didn't see the finale -- I didn't realize it was this week -- but I say the way to end L&O is in the same vein as the episodic, continuity-light '60s and '70s shows whose tradition it continued: with just another episode, same as any other. Even if the show isn't on anymore, the story implicitly continues.

Nathan_Heller May 25 2010 11:42 PM

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I missed it. What happened with Lt. Van Buren and her cancer?

ATimson May 26 2010 12:07 AM

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Nathan_Heller wrote: (Post 4111109)
I missed it. What happened with Lt. Van Buren and her cancer?

It's in remission.

The Borgified Corpse May 26 2010 01:05 AM

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Also,


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ATimson wrote: (Post 4110194)
Still wish we could have seen McCoy's threatened prosecution and civil suit. It would have been glorious.

It would have been a glorious victory that even the Klingons would be singing songs about it for generations!:klingon:

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Christopher wrote: (Post 4110612)
It's not the kind of show that should have a decisive ending. It's about the process of fighting crime in New York City. That's not a story with an endpoint.

Yeah, see, they should have had some kind of resolution to that, like ending with New York City instituting some sort of pre-cog crime provention program.:p

I agree that the finale should have seen more courtroom action. Cutter seemed a bit paralyzed & useless this time out. Still, the bar scene at the end was a nice sort of soft finale.

Still, I'm hoping for a reprieve for the series. Come on, TNT!

I kinda like the idea of a "rubber room." It makes me wish I belonged to a union.;)

Star Wolf May 26 2010 01:51 AM

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The Borgified Corpse wrote: (Post 4111398)
I kinda like the idea of a "rubber room." It makes me wish I belonged to a union.;)

At my local school district you first have to go through the "dance of the lemons" before you are assigned to the local equivalent of the rubber room.

The most fascinating thing was THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY yelling at the teacher telling her the union attorney wasn't going to stop him as she was moving out of a labor dispute and about to step into something she wasn't ready for.

Timby May 26 2010 05:01 AM

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TNT has officially passed on the series.

Mr. Laser Beam May 26 2010 05:04 AM

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Star Wolf wrote: (Post 4111548)
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The Borgified Corpse wrote: (Post 4111398)
I kinda like the idea of a "rubber room." It makes me wish I belonged to a union.;)

At my local school district you first have to go through the "dance of the lemons" before you are assigned to the local equivalent of the rubber room.

Why do they have those rubber rooms in the first place? If the teachers can't be fired, why don't they just stay home?

Star Wolf May 26 2010 05:11 AM

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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: (Post 4112006)
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Star Wolf wrote: (Post 4111548)
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The Borgified Corpse wrote: (Post 4111398)
I kinda like the idea of a "rubber room." It makes me wish I belonged to a union.;)

At my local school district you first have to go through the "dance of the lemons" before you are assigned to the local equivalent of the rubber room.

Why do they have those rubber rooms in the first place? If the teachers can't be fired, why don't they just stay home?

Management wants them to quit. If they stayed at home and played on the Trekbbs there is no disincentive like being bored 8 hours will provide.


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