Thursday, October 19, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Complicated” Sneak Peeks

Here are preview clips from Law & Order SVU “Complicated” which will air on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Peter Hermann, and Brooke Shields.


Please note: These videos have a limited life and may be removed at any time, so catch them while you can!



SVU 1905Clip1_h264_sd_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 1905Clip2_h264_sd_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


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Law & Order SVU “No Good Reason” Recap & Review



Law & Order SVU “No Good Reason” was a preachy episode, devoid of drama,  clearly geared to speak to the teen and pre-teen audience. (I suspect the older the viewer, the less interested they were in this episode.) While anyone can be cyberbullied or sexually assaulted, this story focused on a group of high school students who are likely representative of what’s going on in many high schools across the country. The victim was Mandy, a self-absorbed teen, and involved her equally superficial circle of friends.

I was quickly bored when a long opening scene showed how Mandy was using social media and her vlog to highlight her shallow life. But suddenly, her video turned to the dark side when something happened to rock her world, and not in a good way. Her parents get worried when Mandy goes missing, and the SVU gets involved. They find that someone has posted a photo of her from a party while she was unconscious, and someone had also written on her partially clothed body with a Sharpie. Eventually, the detectives track her down and hear that Mandy had also been raped at that same party.

An unexciting investigation ensues, with one of the boys from the party - Andrew - eventually admitting to forcing himself on Mandy. Apparently he wanted her to like him so badly but she didn’t have those same feelings, so he wrongfully took matters into his own hands. Barba cuts a deal for rape 3, 18 months, 4 years probation, and Andrew must go on the registry. Benson adds that Andrew has to allocute in open court so the whole school doesn’t think Mandy is a liar. He does so. Benson and Barba get their win.

The episode wraps with Benson - later that same day as the allocution - at the high school auditorium, on stage with Mandy, speaking to the students about bulling and sexual assault. She asks the students to stand up if they have been bullied, hazed, hurt by gossip, sexually assaulted, or a victim pf violence. Quite a few students are standing, and Benson reminds them they are all in this together, and they have the power to change this by being more accepting and compassionate. Short testimonials from some of Mandy’s circle of friends in the crowd follow, and I find tedium setting in. Maybe it’s because it’s been decades since I’ve been in high school and the problems are generally the same, but I was completely disinterested in this final scene. Yes, having these kinds of talks with students can get some of them thinking about these issues, but it will take more than one speech by Benson to change the culture. (NBC has provided a video of this scene which is embedded below, catch it while it is available.)

We also see Benson on the courthouse steps being served with a notice of motion from Sheila Porter’s attorney. Porter is asking the court for Benson’s financial disclosure and a psychological evaluation;  Porter is trying to challenge Benson’s fitness as a parent. Of course, this story line will continue, and we can only wonder how long this arc will be drawn out this season. Hopefully it can wrap up quickly so other characters on the show can have some drama of their own.



Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Brighton Sharbino - Mandy Fowler
Colton Ryan - Andrew Drake
Madison Pettis - Stacey Vanhoven
Geraldine Highes - Denise Drake
Erin Davie - Kirsten Fowler
John Patrick Hayden - Bruce Fowler
Steve Rosen - Counselor Guthrie
Helma Augustus Cooper – Judge Reginald Flowers
Tyler Dean Flores - Max Rivera.
Katherine Reis –
Gary Lee Mahmoud – Alan Muss
David Raymond Wagner – Leo Ross
Antonio Edwards Suarez – Al Rivera
Sandra Elizabeth Rodriguez – Lisa Rivera
Travis Przybylski –Daniel Ross
Jacob Rosenbaum – Ethan Cohen
Nathanial Stampley – Neal Vanhoven
Damon Trammell – Process Server
Will Herzog – Eric
Jowin Marie Batoon – Kylee
Avery Rose Pedell – Deanna
Elainey Bass – Steph
Bilaal Avaz - Liam


From NBC – High School Assembly Scene with Benson



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Law & Order SVU “Complicated” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Complicated” which will air on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC.





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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Unintended Consequences” Episode Information


Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “Unintended Consequences.”

Law & Order SVU “Unintended Consequences” Air Date November 1, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

When a teenaged girl is found dead, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) goes undercover at a high-end rehab center where the victim was last seen alive. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) tries to overcome her doubts about Sheila (guest star Brooke Shields). Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Peter Scolari (Dr. Dennis Barkley), Annie Corley (Rosemary Taylor), Gus Birney (Kristi Martin), Christiane Noll (Sarah Curtis), Robert Eli (Glen Curtis) and Angela Oh (Katherine Lee).


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Law & Order SVU “No Good Reason” Sneak Peeks

Here are preview clips for Law & Order SVU, “No Good Reason”. which will air on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, and Peter Scanavino.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “No Good Reason” can be found at this link.


Please note: these videos have a limited life and may be removed ar any time, so catch them while you can!



SVU 1904Clip1_h264_sd_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.




SVU 1904Clip2_h264_sd_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.



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Law & Order SVU “Contrapasso” Recap & Review



Special note: I’m still under the weather, so this is an abbreviated recap and review.


Law & Order “Contrapasso” involved the case of a former teacher who, years prior, toyed sexually with his young female students and it came back to haunt him. Three women, one who stated she was raped by this teacher, decide to meet him at a hotel and confront him, and one of the women decides to exact vengeance by taking a knife and performing an impromptu “gonadectomy.” (This is quite a surprise for both Fin and Carisi.) This leaves the SVU and ADA Barba in an odd position; the women were wrong to assault the man, but he needed to be held accountable for the rape years prior. The only thing that made this case stand out was the impassioned closing argument by Barba (great work by Raúl Esparza) about what exactly is fair and just. Surprisingly, the man is found guilty of rape, the only proof being the woman’s word and a poem she wrote while in high school. I’m not convinced that was enough to make a case. What I don’t know – and maybe I missed it – was if the women have to answer for their attack on the teacher.

Benson also thinks she’s in the clear with the DA’s office regarding her care of Noah, but finds out from Trevor Langan that Noah’s maternal grandmother now wants to pursue custody of Noah. Benson is livid that Langan didn’t have previous knowledge that there was any relatives alive, and reminds him that the judge even fast tracked her adoption. But Langan fires back that Benson has her own resources to find out that information, which Benson counters that she can’t use those resources for personal reasons. She eventually tells him to leave her office. At the end of the episode, Sheila Porter appears at Benson’s front door. (I wonder what kind of security Benson has in her building that someone can just walk right up to her front door without being buzzed in or cleared to enter.) We know this story arc will continue, but sadly I’m not very interested in it.



Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Brooke Shields – Shiela Porter
Peter Hermann – Trevor Langan
Paul Fitzgerald - Jason Karr
Annabeth Gish - Carolyn Rivers
Betsy Beutler - Julie Wade
Jeannine Kaspar - Nora Galen
Kathleen Munroe - Evelyn Bundy
Betsy Beutler – Julie Wade
Ami Brabson – Judge Karyn Blake
Yvonna Kopacz-Wright –


Lauenr Donahie – Karen Karr
Bisserat Tsegga – Layla Mazilli
John Skelley - Jeffrey Manning
Gillian Glasco – Unit
Joe Diomede – Victor
Brian Ray Norris – Foreperson
Ryan Buggle - Noah Porter-Benson



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