Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 9

Blasters

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2006 on USA
8.8
out of 10
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When the body of former teen star Alvin Stevens is found buried in Potter's Field, Logan and Wheeler try to find out who would have motive to murder the young man that Wheeler's generation affectionately remembers as lovable geek Skater. Their investigation soon leads them to bootleg DVDs, the Albanian mob, and another child star who never moved on with his life.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Worst. episode. evar.

    1.0
    "Blasters" was embarrassingly awful. I hated every stupid minute of it. "Screech"/Dustin Diamond is annoying enough in real life, but the L&O:CI character based on him drove me up the wall. And why base an episode on the Dustin Diamond sex tape "controversy" anyway? The story is about as compelling as the plot of a Bazooka Joe comic. Perhaps the low point was the bootleg "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" DVDs. The film hasn't even been *cast* yet, let alone released. Did the mob shoot their own version of the film without the knowledge of Warner Bros. Pictures or J.K. Rowling? When did the writing get so sloppy? (Wait, I know the answer: when Rene Balcer left). A embarrassing howler of a screw-up. Truly, the series nadir. And this episode has a higher score than "Monster", "Semi-Detached", "Con-Text", and "A Murderer Among Us"?moreless
  • Logan and Wheeler investigate the death of an 80's teenage star and get mixed up with the Albanian mob.

    8.8
    I'm not a major fan of the Logan-Wheeler combo, but sometimes it makes for good interaction, like the way Wheeler always comes across as kind of a "teacher's pet" when compared to Logan (who's still regarded as a screw-up). Also, in this episode, again, we're constantly reminded of how young Wheeler is... I'm curious now, how old is she? Anyways, the plot was well done, with a mystery woman, fake DVD's, 80's stars fading away not so calmly, and of course, the mob (albanian, in this case). What starts out looking like it might be a simple murder because of drugs investigation turns into a complicated scheme of fraud of international proportions, and everything comes down to money, revenge and jealousy.moreless
  • Law and Order Criminal Intent!

    9.0
    When the body of a former child star, Alvin 'Skater' Stevens is found, Detectives Logan and Wheeler are called in to solve the case of his mysterious death. They find that "Skater" didn't handle the transition from child start to adult star very well. He was a heavy drug user and was always in and out of trouble. After speaking with his fellow "Goofin' Around" costar Willie Tunis they find that he worked for a ice cream company. When they find his ice cream truck, they find that he was not selling ice cream, but rather bootlegged DVDs. This leads them to a world of Romanian gangs who will do anything to ensure that their illegal DVD business is booming. This is one of the best Criminal Intent episode that I have seen. It was so well written and it was very interesting. Being a big Harry Potter fan, I thought it was funny that that was the main bootleg DVD that they kept talking about.moreless
  • Another great Logan wise guy episode, classic....

    9.3
    Overall it was a pretty good episode, and I liked openning scen and the music that rocked... A little wack but interesting spin off the save by the bell. The Russian mob bit was little lacking but Logan was great and made the show again. And I love the meaning behind "shower" and having sex. Wow if I had been that girl in the room when Logan was interviewing her I would have melted, *sign*. Wheeler's charector is coming along but still rather a flop for a partner to match Mike. When the caption showed up in the boost near the end I was honestly shocked that he actually did something other than say smart comments at Goren and Logan like in pervious shows. But he still needs to stop babying Wheeler. Then he did make an effort to help this time so we will leave the jury out yet. In the end the beginning of the show really was best and left you awe at that idea that people are buried every day as John Does or Jane Does and they never know who they really where. And the fact that only famous people get crimes solves is a honest but sad truth.moreless
  • The algerian mob, stolen pre-released dvd's and the death of an 80's tv icon.

    8.7
    I thought that the first five minutes of this episode was a very emotonal opening, the murder, the music, the disposal of the body, the bodys' discovery, and all the way to Potter's Field for the burial(which was subsequently halted by Logan and Wheeler). The storyline of the two child-has-been-actors(an obvious take-off on saved by the Bell) didn't put me off beause the underlying story about the Albanian mob and their Blood code was more interesting. There were some really good remarks by Logan,Wheeler,Ross and Rogers(ME) in this episode. The WNL(within normal limits/we never looked) reference..we used that in the ER on histories we obtained and one of the doctors said that was what it stood for as well(lol..not true). The albanian leader was believable and he did threaten Logan, so we may see some albanian backlash on Mike. This may not have been emmy material but it was still a good solid CI episode and I don't have to see Bobby every week to enjoy the show(especially if this Keeps D'Onofrio doing the show and keeps him healthy).moreless
Matt Keeslar

Matt Keeslar

Willie Tunis

Guest Star

Masiela Lusha

Masiela Lusha

Mira

Guest Star

Stivi Paskoski

Stivi Paskoski

Ditmir Minojilj

Guest Star

Traci Godfrey

Traci Godfrey

Det. Agnes Farley

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Gary Patent

Gary Patent

Ira Whipple

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The DVD found in the boy's lunchbox is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which Wheeler notes isn't out for another three weeks. At the time of this episode's broadcast, only a script had been approved. Filming for the feature did not begin until September 2007. There is no way that Skater (or anyone else) could have had a copy of that film.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Regarding one of the blasters.)
      Danny Ross: If he's such a tough guy, why didn't he take out my detectives?
      Zim Flamur: 'Cause they're not in blood with him. If they were, they'd be dead – with the Nigerian.
      Megan Wheeler: "In blood," like a vendetta?
      Zim Flamur: Older. From the 15th century Code of Lek.
      Mike Logan: (to Wheeler) You're not up on that, Wheeler? Goren woulda known.

    • Willie Tunis: (snaps a picture with a digital camera) Hello. Thank you for coming. (kisses Wheeler on the cheek while Logan grins in the background) So, you must be from TV Guide? For the interview?
      Mike Logan: (grinning) Not quite. Different interview. (flashes his badge) You got a minute?

    • Megan Wheeler: Some mother. She didn't love Skater, just saw her son as a meal ticket.
      Mike Logan: Hmm. If anybody had cared about him, he wouldn't have ended up in Potter's Field.
      Danny Ross: Least he didn't stay there. You guys pulled him out.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Natural causes? What did you do, a drive by intake?
      Eddie Hastings: He was outdoors three or four weeks, exposed to the elements.
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: He was hanged! After his ribs were broken. How do you miss that?

    • Willie Tunis: Witness protection?! Do– do you get the extent of my fame? I– I have over 129,000 Google references!
      Mike Logan: You counted?

    • Danny Ross: We have a child sitcom star dealing drugs to children out of an ice cream truck in the park. Heartwarming.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The song that plays over the opening scenes is "Prisoner" by Adam Crossley.

    • Teterboro Airport is a real general aviation and cargo airport in Bergen County, NJ. However, the building used to depict the interior of the terminal is the headhouse of Pier 90 at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal, located in the West 50's on the Hudson River.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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