NYPD Detective Mike Logan, last seen being demoted to a beat on Staten Island after punching a corrupt politician (Law & Order episode "Pride") seeks to solve the grisly murder of a ...
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NYPD Detective Mike Logan, last seen being demoted to a beat on Staten Island after punching a corrupt politician (Law & Order episode "Pride") seeks to solve the grisly murder of a prostitute, and thereby help regain his old job in Manhattan. Written by
I thoroughly enjoyed "Exiled--A Law & Order Movie" (NBC, 11/08/98). Detective Mike Logan was one of the main reasons Law & Order had 5 golden years in its early history. Actor Chris Noth portrayed Logan from 1990-95 as a complex character with a number of admirable qualities mixed with a few interesting flaws. Logan was intelligent, determined and intensely passionate. He also displayed a sense of humor that made gritty homicide work easier to cope with for himself and his fellow officers.
The intention of the movie was to provide a vehicle for Logan's return to homicide after being put on domestic cases. He was sent to work on Staten Island after he understandably punched a council-man on the courthouse steps following a murder trial. Whether he will return to Manhattan remains to be seen.
Actor Chris Noth has been interviewed by many publications since his contract was not renewed in 1995 by the show's producer, Dick Wolf. Perceptive readers were able to gain some insight into Noth's resilience during that time and his involvement in various other projects. Interviews published in 1998 have revealed his reasons for filming "Exiled," and his hopes for a few more films about Det. Mike Logan since a large number of fans continue to be vocal about his untimely departure from the weekly drama on NBC.
Remembering Mr. Noth's goals for the film helped me understand and appreciate it even more. I watched it to see Det. Logan's character developed the way Chris Noth felt it should. Many facets of Logan were ignored during 1990-95 by "Law & Order's" producer. Even so, Mr. Noth was still able to skillfully flesh out the one-dimensional role he was given into a likable, complex, interesting man that would prove to be a drawing card for the drama during its first 5 years. "Exiled" further developed Logan during its 2-hour format. Credit for the consistent popularity of Detective Mike Logan belongs to Chris Noth.
I'll watch Chris Noth's version of what a skilled homicide detective is like over Dick Wolf's any day.
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