'Excalibur', was a refreshing return to form, after last week's 'out of character' episode 'Persona Non Grata' and a worthy finale to an exceptional season.
The Spitzer ripped-from-the-headlines elements didn't overwhelm the overall story- if anything it really made this episode. It would have been an open and shut case were it not for the power struggle between McCoy and the corrupt Governor- his ultimatums- and the threat to Jack's job. But far more than losing his DA position, McCoy stood to lose himself- nearly sacrificing his values and principles to acheive a compromised justice. I don't think anyone actually thought that Jack McCoy would give in to the Gov's demands, however, it was interesting to see him tempted by the dark side.