I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while. Perhaps this is just what I read or maybe I'm coming to this conclusion myself but I really think Mike Logan is a great character on Law & Order. He brings something to the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that Det. Robert Goren and Det. Eames didn't have, a history.
Det. Logan was on the original Law & Order from 1990 to 1995 but was ousted. On the show he was sent to Staten Island (a boring assignment) because he punched the lights out of a powerful politician who just so happened to have been a murder suspect. In 1998 a TV movie Exiled had Mike Logan returned to his old precinct to solve a murder and figure out who was the corrupt cop in his old squad.
That would be the last time we see the Detective until he showed up in the offices of the Major Case Squad in their 4th season when his girlfried was queried by Goren and Eames. He helps break the case which involved overzealous prison guards and ultimately he would find himself under the command of Capt. Deakins a member of the Major Case Squad in the next season.
I saw this episode that I have only read about. Det. Logan and his partner Det. Barek was investigating this foster mother and he shot one of her foster sons who not only just so happened to be a cop but also failed to identify himself as such. And the look on Logan's face (Chris Noth) when he finds out who he shot and his reaction was just classic. Perhaps Logan was afraid that he was going to lose the only job he ever wanted, again.
In any event it's interesting to see more of his character's history unfold on Criminal Intent. Perhaps we'll see a further contrast between him and Goren. You see Goren is a different animal the Logan. Logan seems to be the typical police detective in ways that Goren isn't.
I can't wait for this new season to start.