As a big-time "L&O" geek I felt like Pavlov's dog being presented with a bowl of food but without a bell to tell me it was time to eat when the new season started. Just the fact that all the cast pictures in the opening were new (never happened before; Waterston's picture hadn't changed since '94) and that the 'walk toward the camera' scene was done outdoors instead of inside the corridor sent me into shivers. I'm not crazy about Rene' Balcer's attempts to "CSI" the storylines of "L&O" (a blackout/kidnapping hybrid??!!
). And the fact Sisto's character had a personal stake in the opening case is anathema to 95% of the stories "L&O" does (with notable exceptions like the rape of Dr. Olivet in the early seasons) in which the crime and case aren't personal to the cops or DA's. That said beggars can't be choosers, and after SEVEN MONTHS
without any new "L&O" goodness (the other "L&O" shows are OK and the repeats of the mothership on TNT are good, but there is only one "L&O") I was giddy as a schoolgirl to have my baby back, s***ty NBC bit-starved PQ notwithstanding. McCoy as the DA is an intriguing twist, and although Roache with his blackberry seems like its going to be a running gag he didn't grate me as much as I thought he would. I skipped the SD USA premieres of "Criminal Intent" last October, so starting this Wednesday I'm getting back-to-back "L&O" goodness in spades. Its good to be alive!