Vincent D’Onofrio made his final appearance as Law & Order Detective Robert Goren last night, and with that I fully consider that show over. With the ending they left for Goren character I would not be surprised to see them try to pull him back for an episode or two when the ratings dip… I may tune in for those.
D’Onofrio stepped into the role in 2001 following the success of the original Law & Order and its first spinoff SVU and made Criminal Intent something special with Goren’s different take on police work then the series had been accustomed. Rarely was violent an ends to the means for Bobby, ideally he outsmarted the criminals much like Encyclopedia Brown in the detective stories I read as a youngster.
Goren final scene being “fired” by his loyal partner who ultimately took the promotion to allow her friend the dignified termination the NYPD was about to forgo let her friend and confidant leave with a friendly hug and kiss than herself resign, hence leaving the helm to a cast of new detectives. Blah. I like Jeff Goldblum, but his character is a straight from the script rip off of 8 seasons of character development by Vincent D. Aside from the possible mental illness Det Nichols is really just a skinnier, less funny version of the original.
Vincent has portrayed a few of the most memorable characters in films and I am sure his talents will not be missed for long. On the horizon it is rumored he is attached to Captain America, maybe as an army general or scientist. Unfortunately too old to play The Captain himself, last time he portrayed a man in uniform we were blessed with Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket. What ever the role I am sure his fans will follow.
Best wishes Vincent D. Rest in Peace Law & Order:CI (2001-2010 episode 2)