Law & Order: SVU (“Penetration”) and Law & Order: LA (“Hondo Field”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Penetration” which aired Wednesday, November 10, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: Agent Dana Lewis (guest star Marcia Gay Harden) is assaulted by a stranger and asks Detective Benson (Hargitay) to have her rape kit tested. Before the cops can really help her, Lewis goes back undercover and refuses to talk about the assignment or the rape, for fear that she will be exposed and pulled off the case. She reluctantly allows Benson and Stabler to get involved in what looks like a protest against the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, but they find themselves scrambling to put the pieces together of a much larger puzzle than they had anticipated.

Review: It was, DAMN NICE to see Marcia Gay Harden come back to SVU as Agent Dana Lewis! From busting eco-theorists and Aryan-national pricks to doing self-rape kits, what will she do next?! I can say that she’s 3-3 when it comes down to getting Stabler; now’s he’s been shot TWICE AND been blown up ha ha!

I can’t fail to mention that Richard Belzer and Ice-T have FINALLY had more than one scene in an episode. I thought that I was gonna have to snap on Neal Baer about that!

Plus when the episode started we see Calvin Arliss (Charlie Tahan) in a weird scene with Benson where he’s pointing a [water] gun at her. Nice guardian mother/son scene. I guess Benson decided to keep the boy until Vivian (Maria Bello) returns after finding the father. I hope Liv keeps him after though – it’s nice to see Olivia smiling and having ‘what she always wanted’ after all these years! I just hate they included the gun thing in the NBC promo for “Penetration”; it made me think that a perv was after Olivia, but it makes me glad that it wasn’t.

I will say that the final scenes of the episode will really shock-appall you! 1 hint: “Raw”

Again; Tamara Tunie and now B.D. Wong are in/out less and less and less per episode – I hope they don’t decide to just leave the cast.

I give “Penetration” a 9.5/10! Good for SVU. And especially to Dawn DeNoon, I always enjoy her stories!

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Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” episode “Hondo Field” which aired Wednesday, November 10, 2010; at 10PM/9c on NBC.

Summary: After a night out partying with his co-workers, oil rig worker Freddy Ramirez (guest star Andres Perez-Molina) is found dead along the shore. While Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski are investigating a possible crime scene, they stumble upon paperwork indicating that Freddy was about to blow the whistle on one of his co-workers. Uncovering vital evidence, DDA Dekker (Terrence Howard) and Stanton (Megan Boone) face the formidable challenge of turning the tide in favor of the prosecution.

Review: Man these oil rig workers, what next?! This is ONE episode of Law & Order: LA that you don’t want to miss! I applaud Terrence Howard (and Meg Boone) in this one; this is the first episode (IMO) that I’ve been able to enjoy his character — Joe Dekker (and Laura Staton) NEED(S) to be like this in every preceding episode that Howard/Boone are in as DAs!

I give “Hondo Field” a 9/10! THANK YOU FOR THE REFRESHING CHANGE OF PACE MR. MICHAEL S. CHERNUCHIN!

Also; did anyone notice that the ten-second opening bump is gone? (They added “Created by Dick Wolf” in the opening credits) Also that they added the card sound to the original L&O’s voice over? Maybe we’ll see a proper opening sequence in the near future (One can pray and hope).

Law & Order: SVU (“Trophy”) and Law & Order: LA (“Pasadena”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Trophy” which aired Wednesday, November 3, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: After a young woman has been raped and murdered, her body turns up in an industrial laundry facility. Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) soon find that she was involved in an environmental group called CLEAN, and it isn’t long before they track down the prime suspect. However, the case soon puts them in the line of fire and exposes a much larger mystery that includes even more victims. As the investigation progresses, Detective Benson builds a connection to a victim’s daughter (guest star Maria Bello) that invokes her own past in ways she never anticipated. Alex Kingston guest stars.

Review: I can only describe this episode with 1 word: “AWESOME” We’ve got Benson and Arliss’ paternity issues, past rapes of their mothers. Vivian Arliss (Maria Bello) basically lived the ‘Olivia Benson lifestyle’ (which was full of rage between Benson and her mother and was horrible and gruesome). Maria Bello was awesome in this episode; I can’t wait for her to make a return! And the shocker of this episode was that Olivia Benson now has someone to take care of – Arliss’ son Calvin (Charlie Tahan). I guess Liv ‘always wanted’ a child, and looks like she got him; in the most pain-fullest of ways.

Plus I think ADA Hardwicke (Melissa Sagemiller) and Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek) could turn it down a bit. “A world of justice without mercy, that’s no place to live.” – Det. Robert Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio, Law & Order: Criminal Intent). I give “Trophy” a 9.3/10! Good for SVU. And nice writing from Ken Storer by the way!

Also have you noticed that Tamara Tunie and Richard Belzer are being seen less and less and less per episode – I hope they don’t decide to just leave the cast. And Bezler is so close to setting a record for having the longest running drama character (with two-three more seasons of SVU)!

U.S. Viewers: http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/11/04/wednesday-finals-criminal-minds-law-order-svu-adjusted-up/70911

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Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” episode “Pasadena” which aired Wednesday, November 3, 2010; at 10PM/9c on NBC.

Summary: After a pregnant Rebecca Townley (guest star Rebecca Mader, “Lost”) is found run over and left for dead, the detectives learn that the baby’s father may be a married politician, and the crime a homicide. As Winters and Jaruszalski begin digging deeper into her past, they are led to a young couple, Adam (guest star Rob Benedict) and Carolyn Yarborough (guest star Karis Campbell), who seem to know more than they are willing to tell when it comes to Rebecca. DDA Morales (Alfred Molina) must weave carefully through a political minefield as he begins the task of uncovering the truth.

Review: I can honestly say that “Pasadena” is the most ‘shocking’ LOLA episode. With major twists and turns you also get to see Morales and Price (Alfred Molina and Regina Hall) “bag a real live congressman”. “TOM NELSON KILLED OUR BABY!”

This episode to me is a real ‘Mothership type’ episode! The investagtion was top-notch and wasn’t so one-sided: it kept you wanting to see it through the end.  And the prosecution was above average for this episode! We can also tell that DDA’s Morales (Molina) and Price (Hall) have had previous relationships that have gone bad.

I wish Regina Hall would act like this in every episode preeceding this one. I could tell she was trying tonight. Skeet’s improved a little as well. But Corey Stoll and Alfred Molina are where this show is at! Also I can’t fail to mention it’s the first episode to feature DA Hardin (Peter Coyote) with the Morales/Price team, even though the dialouge was minor, but anyway.

8.3/10 for you LOLA! I just wish the show had it’s own voice-over and opening seqence instead of using the original Law & Order’s voice-over. 

U.S. Viewers: http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/11/04/wednesday-finals-criminal-minds-law-order-svu-adjusted-up/70911

Law & Order: SVU (“Wet”) and Law & Order: LA (“Harbor City”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Wet” which aired Wednesday, October 13, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) arrive on the scene where a woman is found dead in Bethesda Fountain. When her squeaky clean image doesn?t match up with her promiscuous actions on the night of her murder, ADA Mikka Von (guest star Paula Patton) encourages the cops to dig deeper into her past. When they find out that the woman was poisoned with toxic mushrooms, they suspect a crazed activist and professor (guest star David Krumholtz) is responsible. As the case develops, Benson and Stabler go to dangerous lengths to ensure that justice is served. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola).

Review: First with the ‘new’ (original Law & Order) set; why was SVU in North Bergen, New Jersey for eleven years again?! – I hope SVU enjoys it’s new home as I much as I enjoyed looking at it (a pity for Law & Order, but hopefully EP Neal Baer let’s SVU live up to its predecessors reputation). Plus the cast ‘gathering’ in the SVU opening sequence has changed; and I think it will again next week to include Melissa Sagemiller.

About the episode, to start off; what irked me was that this case started out as a SVU rape but later turned into a SVU soapbox. I hate it when SVU changes stories like that mid episode – they were doing so good with “Locum”, “Bullseye” (was okay until final scenes), “Behave”, and “Merchandise” but now “Wet” turned into ‘Mushrooms’. But I won’t complain because it was very well written (by new SVU writer Speed Weed) and very well acted on behalf of Paula Patton’s portrayal of short-term spunky ADA Mikka Von and David Krumholtz’s Vinnie Prochick.

So excluding the storyline change the episode wasn’t a downer (as it would have been last season). 5 for 5 SVU, let’s try 6 for 6 with next weeks “Branded” in which Melissa Sagemiller joins the cast as ADA Gillian/Jillian Gill/Jill Hardwicke – her name is still off/on!

I give the episode a 9/10; another good job SVU! But in the future; I’d appreciate it if SVU stayed to just that – SVU (SEX CRIMES). This would have been a good episode for the original “Law & Order

U.S. Viewers: http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/14/tv-ratings-wednesday-defenders-rises-law-2020-special-trumps-whole-truth/67976/

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Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” episode “Harbor City” which aired Wednesday, October 13, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: When former surf champion Trevor Knight (Yves Bright) returns home to help his ailing mother, it ultimately results in his untimely death. Initially, Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) are lead to believe that it was not only a robbery gone wrong, but possibly an inside job. Meanwhile, DDA Morales (Alfred Molina) has a feeling that someone related to one of the suspects knows more than they are telling and goes to unusual lengths to flush them out. Regina Hall also stars.

Review: A disappointing change for the past two episodes – Steven Zirnkilton’s ORIGINAL voice-over for the original Law & Order was used at the beginning of this episode – it pissed me off how much they can’t even be original with this ‘new’ series!

It should have been: “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups; the police who investigate crime, and the district attorney’s who prosecute the offenders – this is Los Angeles, these are it’s stories.DOINK-DOINK.

In addition to that; why always start an episode with a song?! WHY?! It may be “Law & Order: LOS ANGELES”, but it’s notLaw & Order: Criminal Intent” – we’re not trying [nor do we want] to see through the eyes of the criminal! And speaking of songs; rumor said we’d have a proper opening sequence by this episode: I saw ‘10 second bump crap’ without the ‘dun-dun’ music!

What the hell is going on Dick Wolf, NBC, Rene Balcer, Mike Post – and don’t give us that ads bull-crap; other shows on NBC are using a sequence LONGER THAN 10 SECONDS. Even SVU hasn’t shorten theirs (which I am thankful)! It took me hours to do what you guys can do in a few minutes! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsH_Rrkmwi0)

About the episode, a refreshing change from the previous episodes (“Hollywood”/”Echo Park”): we see that Corey Stoll’s Detective “T.J.” had a mishandled childhood around drugs (he knows how to roll) and he’s done a 3 year stint in Vice. And we’ve also learned that Skeet Ulrich’s Detective Winters has an anger management issue and knows how to surf. This time the “LAW” was good. We saw REAL “LAW & ORDER” acting among these stars for this episode – which was written by SVU’s Judith McCreary.

The “ORDER” with Alfred Molina and Regina Hall was BANGIN’! This case follows ‘legal/illegal drugs and rich-boy gang territory’ which DDA Morales uncovers and gets handled at the hearings. Catherine Dent portrayed the snappy defense attorney who has been in a courtroom with ‘Ricardo’ before.

Frankly I only watch “Law & Order: LA” is for the “ORDER” in the courtroom. I think it’s been the best part in all three episodes that have aired so far.  Maybe LOLA itself is finally seeing the light.

I give the episode a 9.5/10; much better than last week’s LOLA, but where’s the opening sequence?

U.S. Viewers: http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/14/tv-ratings-wednesday-defenders-rises-law-2020-special-trumps-whole-truth/67976/

Law & Order: Los Angeles – The Problem


Law & Order: Los Angeles NBC logo from “East Coast-West Coast” promo

“You know what really grinds my gears?” – People saying the cast, the location, and the immediate style of “Law & Order: LOS ANGELES” sucks! Well let me tell you America, United Kingdom, Canada, Asia, Japan, etc: YOU ARE ALL WRONG!

THE REAL PROBLEM with LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES is the show runners: I’ve got no problems out of Mr. Rene Balcer, Mr. Peter Jankowski, and even Mr. Dick Wolf himself – but who the freakin’ hell are Christopher Misiano and Blake Masters?!

The ‘pilot episode’ (“Hollywood”) lacked a lot of what we would call ‘a Law & Order episode’. We missed the thrill of a LOS ANGELES voice-over introduction spoken by Steven Zirnkilton, a proper opening sequence (and not some 10 second ‘dun-dun’ crap), a failure to use the ‘DOINK-DOINK’ when desperately needed. I think I heard ‘DOINK-DOINK’ only once or twice in the whole one hour episode. But this is all the minor aches and pains.

However I did like the ‘trial’ parts of the episode with Sr. Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales and Jr. Deputy District Attorney Eva Price (Alfred Molina and Regina Hall); I won’t dispute with those scenes.

The second episode (“Echo Park”); which also lacked Steven Zirnkilton and a proper opening sequence. The ‘DOINK-DOINK’ was used a little more though, so one positive. A negative is introducing Detective Rex Winters’s (Skeet Ulrich) wife Casey (Teri Polo) with bad blood behind it. Bring characters in when everything is all Jim Dandy; this is what “Law & Order: CI” does, let THEM do that for their final season – DO NOT BRING IT TO LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES.

Also I thought District Attorney Jerry Hardin (Peter Coyote) was brought in on bad timing with Sr. Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker (Terrence Howard). It made me think that we’re going to forever see Dekker and Hardin quibble over controversial cases in every episode. Also, I think Jr. Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton (Megan Boone) needed more lines that what she had.

Again the ‘trial’ parts were okay, I think Terrence Howard needed to turn the sadness down and the angst up, but nothing majorly wrong with his scenes though.

This episode needed to stick to the case at hand and not introduce characters with personal drama going on; the mothership  (Law & Order) only did that around season finale time – let’s keep it that way!

The MAJOR PROBLEM is NOT the actors, NOT the city, and not the arrangement. THE SHOWRUNNERS. Which again asks the question: “Who the freakin’ hell are Christopher Misiano and Blake Masters?!

Law & Order: Los Angeles is a good show, I don’t care what anybody says; I’m willing to scrap with someone who says it’s not. But when a good show has bad showrunners – you’ve got a problem.

For example: Last year was SVU’s eleventh season and about 89% of the seasons 24 episodes sucked (IMO)! Neal Baer of course is SVU showrunner and people were ready to throw him out for someone else. This year, as of SVU’s twelfth season, people can’t be more proud of Baer for turning SVU back around to its version of normal (it makes you wish the season 5 fanbase would return).

LOLA is in the same boat, the showrunners (or Blake Masters/Chris Misiano) don’t know what kind of crap stories they are writing up for this show! I guarantee if LOLA’s showrunners keep these crappy off base ‘LA’ stories going with no improvement; it’s going to do like SVU last year and have a severe drop in ratings!

So a message to Dick Wolf; tell Christopher Misiano and Blake Masters to shape up this show – or ship off; or I guarantee fans will ship off.

I see Law & Order: Los Angeles lasting on NBC at least 10 seasons with Rene Balcer running it. If Fred Berner, Ed Sherin, Richard Sweren and/or Ed Zuckerman came to LOLA; I guarantee fans would not be disappointed – CALL THEM TO WORK ON LOLA!

Kathryn Erbe returns as Detective Alexandra Eames to the tenth and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Deadline – Kathryn Erbe Is Back On ‘Law & Order: CI’

[…] Kathryn Erbe, who portrayed Detective Alexandra Eames for the first 8 seasons of Dick Wolf’s crime drama, has signed on to return for the show’s tenth and final season on USA. She joins Vince D’Onofrio, who recently inked a deal to reprise his role, meaning that CI will be back for its eight-episode final season with both of its original leads who were let go in a cast overhaul last year. “We’re thrilled to have Kathryn Erbe return as Detective Eames, the perfect complement to Donofrio’s Detective Goren,” said USA’s president of original programming Jeff Wachtel. “We now have the definitive team for the ultimate season of this phenomenal show.”

Click here to read full article

This was very predictable – USA Network and Wolf would have been crazy not to hire them back. But they WILL be crazy if Rene Balcer, Fred Berner, and Warren Leight aren’t hired as executive producers to end Law & Order: CI!

It’s been said that Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is still with the cast (along with Leslie Hendrix of course). Will Criminal Intent have an ADA this final season? – It’s a question that remains unanswered.

The final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will air the beginning of next year on USA Network.

Law & Order: SVU (“Merchandise”) and Law & Order: LA (“Echo Park”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Merchandise” which aired Wednesday, October 6, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: When a 15-year-old girl is hit by a car and killed, Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) are surprised when Dr. Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) rules it a homicide. She has found signs that the girl was being starved, and had even recently given birth. As the two look into the case with the help of Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Dr. George Huang (B.D. Wong), they find that the girl had fallen victim to a human trafficking ring, and though some think it’s a case for the FBI, the cops instead reach out to Assistant U.S. Attorney and friend Christine Danielson (guest star Gloria Reuben), who has moved up in the world since the detectives last saw her. Meanwhile, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) is frustrated by his crumbling precinct. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch).

Review: A FANTASTIC episode in my opinion, SVU seems to be hitting the ‘old classic style’ along with the current issues. Last week is was rape-kit backlogging, where rape kits are just sitting in evidence lockers and on shelves all over the U.S. collecting dust and mold; this week: child trafficking and slavery; along with the everyday issues of people of poverty here on the streets of New York City.

I think Devon Gearhart’s portrayal of Micah deserves a nomination of some sort! His acting was grabbing o the viewers! It made me think it was actually something wrong with him. Veteran SVU writer Judith McCreary did an OUTSTANDING job in writing this episode – like I said above, the new SVU’s now have the ‘old classic feel’ to them; which that is a good feeling!

I give the episode a 9.8/10; good job SVU! Below is the number of U.S. viewers who watched the episode – I wish SVU’s viewership would go up to the 11-12 millions again; the episodes are going back to their original style – plus great guest stars.

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Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” premiere episode “Echo Park” which aired Wednesday, October 6, 2010; at 10PM/9c on NBC.
Summary: When murderous cult member “Baby” Jane Lee Rayburn (guest star Nancy Youngblut) is found stabbed to death, Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) question multiple suspects, including the cult ringleader Denis Watson (guest star Michael Massee) and Jane�s former cell mate, Maura Dillon (Bonnie Root). However, the case cuts very close to home for Detective Winters when his wife Lori (Teri Polo), a former Detective, is questioned. DDA Dekker (Terrence Howard) and DDA Stanton (Megan Boone) find themselves facing a trial where the line between suspect and victim is blurred.
Review: The LOLA series premiere was something of an ‘acquired taste’ – “Echo Park” is a different story completely:
Again these key factors were missing: the opening voice over which is usually done by Steven Zirnkilton was not there (it’s been done in EVERY episode of the U.S. series’). Also it did not have a Law & Order opening sequence – a 10 second logo bump with the ‘Law & Order music’ and “Created by: Dick Wolf” was there, but that was it. No cast images, proper theme muisc, and it occasionally did the ‘DOINK-DOINK’ (but not enough for me).
Rumors say that we will have an opening voice-over and opening sequence in the third or fourth episode of the season, but that is wait-and-see (i.e. rumor).
As for the episode itself: I thought the “Law” part picked up from last Wednesday’s episode where it was moving a tad bit slow and overdone; and in the first scenes of the episode last week we saw through the eyes of the criminal (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) which really ticked me off – that’s one key part about Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: UK: THE MYSTERY! We DON’T want to see who did the crime until ‘trial’, that’s why there is “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (returning to USA Network for a final season in 2011, with Vincent D’Onofrio returning as Detective Robert Goren).
This week I saw the ‘Mothership’ in Los Angeles, somewhat.
… yeah, another sunny day at the beach.” – Jaruszalski (he and Winters at the original crime scene)
 
We see Ulrich’s character (Rex Winters) on screen wife Teri Polo (portraying Former LAPD Detective/ex-partner/wife of Rex Winters – Casey Ryan Winters). I wish she would have gotten to go on the stand at the end of the episode though; maybe another time.
Rachel Ticotin is Lt. Arleen Gonzales – she only got more than one line in the whole episode (unlike De Jesus).
The crime was ‘ripped from the headlines’ of the murders comitted by the Mason Family- a murderous cult. I must say it fit well for this episode.
Whereas the “Order” part was AGAIN to me the best part of the episode; this is where TERRENCE HOWARD and MEGAN BOONE come in and get down to business with our L.A. Sam Waterston PETER COYOTE!
As per deals are on/off the table for Maura, the suspect; we go to trial where the defense wants to call Winters’ wife to the stand to testify on Maura’s behalf (which it’s believe she coerced Maura to say she killed her children – a side case to the original murder on ‘the beach’).
Joe Dekker manages to get the defense strategy thrown out; a save for Rex and Casey Winters.
The acting this week was MUCH better than last weeks, Skeet improved a little when his ‘wife’ came in. Of course Peter Coyote and Rachel Ticotin are in now with Howard and Boone (who reminds me of Alana de la Garza and Michaela McManus).
I still feel the “Law & Order” in the show, it’s just in Los Angeles – but it’s relatively the same show, even though it lacks what gives it acknowledgement from other cops shows that try to match “Law & Order”: the voice-over and the opening sequence. Plus a lot of storyline and script errors need correcting – the show needs a lot of work before it can even BEGIN to follow the orignal’s footsteps!
I feel that if Blake Masters would step down as executive producer and they bring in Richard Sweren, Walon Green, Ed Sherin, Fred Berner, and/or Michael S. Cherunchin; it’d be “LAW & ORDER”, it wouldn’t matter if it was based in Hawaii!
I give it a 7/10, it needs work but other than a few key/minor things the episode was MARVELOUS, compared the premiere episode.
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Law & Order: SVU (“Merchandise”) and Law & Order: LA (“Echo Park”) – October 6th NBC promos

The NBC promos for the Law & Order: SVU episode “Merchandise” and Law & Order: LA episode “Echo Park”: Wed. October 6th – NEW SVU at 9PM/8c on and then NEW Los Angeles at 10PM/9c on NBC!

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Merchandise” NBC promo

Law & Order: Los Angeles – “Echo Park” NBC Promo

Law & Order: SVU (“Behave”) and Law & Order: LA (“Hollywood”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Behave” which aired Wednesday, September 29, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: A rape victim, Vicki (Hewitt), is brought into the hospital initially claiming she has been attacked multiple times by the same man. Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) are determined to help her, but she lives in such terror that she then denies she has been raped at all and refuses to submit to a rape kit.

As Benson looks for a way to help, she is horrified to learn that there are police precincts and evidence labs across the country that never test their rape kits at all. The investigation soon leads her to Los Angeles where she meets Detective Rex Winters (guest star Skeet Ulrich), who has information that could finally help Vicki get justice. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) and Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner).

Review: All in all it was a good episode in my opinion, it made me feel as if I was watching as season 6 or 7 episode of SVU. Benson says a line in the episode that is usually directed at her, “Your MY bitch now.”, usually she’s the one being called a ‘bitch’. This was one of the shocking/classic new SVU’s that really gets your attention! The episode was based on Mariska’s Joyful Heart Foundation and rape-kit backlogging, where rape kits are just sitting in evidence lockers and on shelves all over the U.S. collecting dust and mold.

I think Jennifer Love Hewitt’s portrayal of Vicki deserves an Emmy nomination! Her acting was simply beautiful! And writer Jonathan Greene did a marvelous job in writing this episode – like I said above, the new SVU’s now have a season 6 and 7 feeling; which that is a good feeling!

I give the episode a 9.5/10; good job SVU! Below is the number of U.S. viewers who watched the episode – I wish SVU’s viewership would go up to the 11-12 millions again; the episodes are going back to their original style – plus great guest stars.

 
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Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” premiere episode “Hollywood” which aired Wednesday, September 29, 2010; at 10PM/9c on NBC.
 
Summary: When a group of thieves target the homes of young Hollywood, Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) soon discover there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. After the perpetrators are uncovered, another shocking crime is committed at the home of young starlet Chelsea Sennett (guest star Danielle Panabaker) and her stage mom, Trudy (guest star Shawnee Smith.) As everyone starts turning on each other, Deputy District Attorney Morales (Alfred Molina) remains intent on exposing the real ringleader. Also starring Wanda De Jesus, Regina Hall and guest star Wyatt Russell.
 
Review: The LOLA series premiere is something of an ‘acquired taste’ – it depends on the point of view you have of this episode and how it was written. In my opinion the episode was below par for a ‘series’ premiere but as for a regular Law & Order episode it was Jim Dandy!
 
Some key factors from all the other versions of the franchise were missing: the opening voice over which is usually done by Steven Zirnkilton was not there (it’s been done in EVERY episode of the U.S. series’). Also it did not have a Law & Order opening sequence – a 10 second logo bump with the ‘Law & Order music’ and “Created by: Dick Wolf” was there, but that was it. No cast images, proper theme muisc, and it occasionally did the ‘DOINK-DOINK’ (but  not enough for me).  Rumors say that we will have an opening voice-over and opening sequence in the third or fourth episode of the season, but that is wait-and-see (i.e. rumor).
 
As for the episode itself: I thought the “Law” part was a bit slow and overdone; and in the first scenes of the episode we ‘see through the eyes of the criminal’ (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) which really ticked me off – that’s one key part about Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: UK: THE MYSTERY! We DON’T want to see who did the crime until ‘trial’, that’s why there is “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (returning to USA Network for a final season in 2011, with Vincent D’Onofrio returning as Detective Robert Goren).
 
Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll’s characters have an early Logan & Curtis/Briscoe (Chris Noth & Benjamin Bratt/Jerry Orbach, RIP) thing going. Ulrich being Logan & Curtis (except Logan & Curtis were Jr. Detectives) and Stoll being Briscoe (except Briscoe was Sr. Detective). One line from the episode made me laugh though; when a woman wanted to take Winters’ picture.
 
I would love to take your picture” – Woman
No.” – Winters (looking at Jaruszalski)
He mean’s ‘yes’.” – Jaruszalski (Winters looks at Jaruszalski)
 
Wanda De Jesus will only be in this episode as Lt. Gonzales – she only got one line in the whole episode.
 
I heard Palm Springs was worth the drive.” – Gonzales.
We found them sucking on slurpees by grandma’s pool.” – Jaruszalski (he and Winters bringing in suspects)
 
The crime was ‘ripped from the headlines’ of the Bling Ring – group of  teens thieving homes of celebs like Paris Hilton. It also seemed to follow the Mother-daughter relationship of Lindsay Lohan and her mother.
 
Whereas the “Order” part was to me the best part of the episode; this is where Alfred Molina and Regina Hall come in and get down to business! As per deals are on/off the table for suspects, we go to trial where the mother Trudy (Shawnee Smith) is on the stand and Molina is questioning her as Mike Cutter would on the original series. In the end the mother pleads guilty and goes to jail, 15 years to life.
 
The acting with Corey Stoll and Alfred Molina was top notch! Whereas Skeet Ulrich and Regina Hall need to work on it (it’s been said next weeks episode, “Echo Park” is supposed to be better, wait-and-see). I think “Law & Order: LA” is okay, just needs some time and a little work and it’ll be okay.
 
I still feel the “Law & Order” in the show, it’s just in Los Angeles – but it’s relatively the same show, even though it lacks what gives it acknowledgement from other cops shows that try to match “Law & Order”: the voice-over and the opening sequence.
 
I give it a 7/10, it needs work but other than a few key/minor things the episode was fine – as an episode, not a ‘premiere episode’!
 
* ‘Summaries’ belong to NBC/The Futon Critic, ‘U.S. Viewers’ belong to TVByTheNumbers, and all other content belongs to Josh Morton (mortonslawandorderci).
 

“Dream Casting” if Dick Wolf’s new pilot is “Law & Order: Miami”

After 2011 we’ll (likely) have the gritty sex crimes on the New York streets solved by Detectives Benson and Stabler (portrayed by Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni) and prosecuted by A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke (portrayed by Melissa Sagemiller). [Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC]

Along with the shocking murder crimes on the streets, beaches, and movie star homes solved by Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski (portrayed by Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll), which will be prosecuted by a fine team of DDA’s (portayed by Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, and Megan Boone). [Law & Order: Los Angeles, NBC]

It’s been said Law & Order: Criminal Intent won’t be running on the USA Network after Spring 2011… what’s coming after Criminal Intent? No one really knows but it’s be rumored to be a Law & Order: Miami! So (if this becomes true) who might be patrolling the streets of Miami?!

I’m already ‘dream casting’ a show that has not even been created yet – oh well! Nice to get a jump start on things:

Keep in mind it is a USA Network show (only 13-18 episodes per season, usually 16), so filming would not be a problem for some of these actors listed below (but I have a plan around that, pending if Dick Wolf was to follow through on the idea):

Lead Team:

  • Nicolas Cage – Senior Detective
  • Alana de la Garza – Junior Detective (not as L&O: A.D.A. Connie Rubirossa)
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    Supporting Team (or alternating team, since actors do this on “Law & Order: CI” and “Law & Order: LA, when other actors are busy or otherwise):
    • Michael Clarke Duncan or Eriq La Salle – Senior Detective
    • Grey DeLisle or Paula Patton (not as SVU: A.D.A. Mikka Von) – Junior Detective
    Commanding Officer:
    • Lauren Holly
     
    Assistant District Attorney (or Assistant State Attorney, as it is called in Miami, FL):
    • Martin Lawrence, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Derek Luke, or Angela Bassett
    Medical Examiner:
    • Saffron Burrows (not as CI: Detective Serena Stevens), Sofia Milos, Cristián de la Fuente

     And those were just some names mentioned as actors who are not on doing a regular role in a television series or freqently in a movie every other week. Personally I’d like to see Nicolas Cage/Alana de la Garza alternate with Eriq La Salle/Paula Patton with Lauren Holly being the C.O., Derek Luke being the A.S.A. (A.D.A.) and the M.E. being Saffron Burrows (as long as she doesn’t act like Serena Stevens on CI or keep that character running, it’s all good).

    Notice I did not go all out and pick out all big screen actors! Most have been on a “Law & Order”, “CSI” or an NBC/USA Network show before.

    This was just something going through my mind IF Dick Wolf and the network go through with this idea – the concept hasn’t even been though of yet (nor has word said that it would be “Law & Order: Miami”). But more or less after CI is canceled and Goren/Eames (Vincent D’Onofrio/Kathryn Erbe [?]) are gone – there will be a show replacing it, whether it’s “Law & Order: Miami” or not, it’s a shrug until the beginning of next year.

    What do you think of the cast?

    Also don’t comment about tossing this idea or canceling “Law & Order: LA” for “Law & Order”, your comment will be ignored – so if you are gonna say something along those lines, I suggest you not comment; either go create a blog and rant or go to the USA Network/NBC message boards… this is my opinion and mine alone – I like to hear positive feedback from others, but nothing that is irrelevant to this page (being renewal/cancel “Law & Order: CI”/”Law & Order: LA”, plus the casts of those shows returning/exiting).

    I am not talking to EVERYONE, just a selective group of person(s).

    USA Network gives Dick Wolf Pilot Commitment For New Project (rumored “Law & Order: Miami”)

    Deadline – USA Picks Up ‘Law & Order: CI’ For Final Season With Star Vincent D’Onofrio & Gives Dick Wolf Pilot Commitment For New Project

    USA plans to extend its relationship with Law & Order chief Wolf beyond Criminal Intent. The network’s  production arm, Universal Cable Prods., which produces the series with Wolf Films, has handed him a pilot commitment for a new project.

    Click here to read full article

    Seems like the speculated rumor may have been real. And at the Deadline post (and other places) I have read fans talking about the “Law & Order: Miami“. I don’t think it’s a bad idea, it’d be a good one for USA Network programming. I can see it airing in the summer with either Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, or Royal Pains (or it should air with one of them, IMO)!