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/

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4 Comments

  1. gahks
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You give ‘Harbor City’ a 9.5/10 but the review makes it seem like you thought it was a lot worse than that.

    • mortonsloci
      Posted October 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The episode itself was okay. But the un-original VO/missing opening… well.

  2. gahks
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A suggestion: move ‘SVU’ back to Tuesdays at 10pm, put ‘LA’ on Wednesdays at 9pm and bring back the mothership for Wednesdays at 10pm! What do you say?

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