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)!

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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. 

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