TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
This third Law and Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.
The show's format was partially inspired by Columbo (1971), starring Peter Falk. Both started out with the crime being seen from the criminal's point of view, and with them confident that they can get away with it. However, they then get outsmarted by a brilliant detective. The shows differ, in that Columbo (1971) usually showed the full crime in the beginning, while in this show, the viewer is only shown enough to be a few steps ahead of the detectives in knowing what happened. Goren and Columbo also have very different styles in analyzing the crime, and the suspects.
Detective Alexandra Eames:
Sure, we'll be right over.
The detectives often discuss elements of their cases openly in front of people who they have just questioned. This would not occur in real life as they would risk having the person who overheard them potentially contact someone who might be a suspect.
Two versions of the 4th season episode "Great Barrier" aired, with different time zones of the United States and Canada seeing different endings, one in which villain Nicole Wallace escapes, and another in which she died. Viewers were then invited to vote on which ending they preferred (both endings were made available on the Internet).
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