17 September 2020 | TheLittleSongbird
More than silver in quality
Like to love almost all of the previous Season 4 episodes of 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent', a great show when at its best (which was mostly the earlier seasons). With the only disappointments being "Eosphoros" and "In the Dark". Anybody else that was blown away by the previous episode (and a season high point) "Magnifcat", like me, will undoubtedly expect a lot from "Silver Lining", even if reading the premise for this episode doesn't hit as hard as the one for that.
"Silver Lining" for me wasn't as good as that episode. It didn't quite have its emotional impact, hard hitting edge or tension, nor did it have supporting performances quite as memorable. Things that were also present in other superior Season 4 episodes "Semi-Detached" and "Want". Is that disparaging its quality as an episode on its own terms? Absolutely not, as "Silver Lining" is still a very good episode in its own way, without comparing it to anything else, with lots to admire.
It is a bit of a slow starter, the storytelling on the thin side to begin with and bogged down by a little too much jargon.
However, it is a slickly made episode as usual with the photography's intimacy not being too filmed play-like. The music isn't overused or overpowering and suits the tone of the show aptly. The script is mostly taut and really made me think on each of the four viewings had of this particular episode. That final line is quite chilling.
The story is mostly compelling. Once the case gets going it's clever and keeps one interested, with characters and events turning out to not be what they seem. There are some good scenes here in "Silver Lining" as well, the Eames-led interrogation, the meeting between Goren and the husband and the stakeout. Not to mention that cute and very funny touch with Goren and the files, that apparently was improvised. The characters are all well written, with a quite fascinating perpetrator in particularly why they behave the way they do, Goren dominates but doesn't so too much.
Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe are both on top. David Harbour again proves that he can do creepy effectively, having done a creepy performance in the 'Special Victims Unit' episode "Dolls".
On the whole, not one of the season's best but very well done. 8/10