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Jeff Goldblum on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”

May 31, 2009
Goldblum as New Jersey in "Buckaroo Banzai"

Goldblum as New Jersey in "Buckaroo Banzai"

I was really happy when I heard last fall that Jeff Goldblum would be starring on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, replacing Chris Noth. Unfortunately, even his patented quirky character can’t save this show. He’s supposed to be a cop with a world-reknowned psychiatrist father (estranged, of course) who uses his own psychologial savvy in solving crimes. Unfortunately, his character 90% of the time could be anybody. Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, a tormented creature through most of the show’s run, is still interesting as he mentally deteriorates and (mostly) pulls himself back together. Even giving him the same kind of writing would be better. He’s just written too bland, and his deadpan delivery can’t – and shouldn’t – hype it up.

I hope the writers hit a stride with this, and soon. I loved Goldblum’s last show, “Raines,” where he played a cop who saw the dead victims and talked to them. Was he mentally ill? Maybe, but it worked, because he was able to use it to solve the case. It was odd, and maybe it didn’t attract enough of an audience, but the writing on that show was far better suited to Goldblum’s personality and delivery.

I like Jeff Goldblum a lot and I would love to see this succeed. I just don’t know if it’s going to make it.

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