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Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Carthay Circle"

Law & Order: Los Angeles brought back an original cast member again this week in "Carthay Circle." Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski were, for a second week, back working together, solving a double murder this time.  Overall, the episode was fairly intriguing with twists and turns; there was even a dialogue upon the civil liberty of gay marriage in the episode. Although not the strongest episode of the series, it did top most of the episodes after the cast change. I cannot say whether the show would have been spared cancellation if they had stuck to the original cast, but given the episodes of the past two weeks, it seems the original cast would have had a better chance. Read More... //

Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Big Rock Mesa"

This week Law & Order: Los Angeles centered around a very real fear for many Californians: Fires. In "Big Rock Mesa", two arsonist fires set the plot into action, causing confrontations between the perpetrators and the victims. This episode brought balance to the show’s efforts to stay true to its location. Forest fires, as well as the homeless, are issues citizens of the greater Los Angeles area have to contend with every day. While accurately portraying the setting, the plot dealt with everyday people protecting their homes; an idea most people can relate to. Read More... //

Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Runyon Canyon"

Morality is tackled by the Law & Order: LA team this week in "Runyon Canyon" through the rape and murder of a college co-ed, which certainly strikes a powerful chord. Other questionable issues took the moral lines of the show back to the '50s, as well. A pair of thong underwear sparks the detectives’ interest in the victim’s lifestyle. It doesn’t quite seem realistic that such evidence should be of any interest or determinant of a person’s sexually deviant behavior or lacking girlish innocence. Read More... //

Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Reseda"

This week’s Law & Order: Los Angeles episode was full of criminal activity. The real problems in "Reseda" arose in the prosecution when the D.A.’s office can’t stick the charges they want against repeat offender Stanley Vaughn and can’t stop the D.A. of San Bernardino from bringing up their star witness on larceny charges. T.J. and Morales are still working out the kinks within their partnership. There is a great effort to show the bonding between the two men. The detectives seem to have balanced out their dialogue and provide a decent back and forth working their leads. Read More... //

Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "Benedict Canyon"

This week’s Law & Order: Los Angeles did a great job of returning to the roots that made the franchise a success. In "Benedict Canyon," the detectives work as a team and actually have to detect; the prosecutors actually have cases that present problems they have to work around, and there is even a bit of a surprise towards the end. All that being said, the show is far from perfect. The biggest detraction may be actually be the shift from New York to L.A. I know this seems like an odd reason for the show to be hitting bumps, but the show is either trying too hard to push the new city onto its viewers, or they are truly over infatuated with the city themselves. Read More... //

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES “Benedict Canyon” Review

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES  "Benedict Canyon" Season 1 Episode 12 – Really Khloe Kardashian? Really?  LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES  brought Kardashian in as a guest star in this week’s episode "Benedict Canyon", and well… she fell flat. I’m not a fan of Khloe Kardashian – nope, let me rephrase – I’m indifference to Khloe Kardashian, so this isn’t even a "I hate reality TV stars" sort of thing. This is a "I feel  Law & Order: LA  was grasping for a way to get ratings and failed" sort of thing. "Benedict Canyon started out with the true  Law & Order  feeling – TJ and Morales actually had to use detective work to figure out the case, which was based on the murder of real life Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. But it slowly trailed off into an episode that I had to struggle to pay attention to. Before the (long) hiatus, TJ was consistently a breath of fresh air in this normally stale show, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it from him today. I’m not sure if it has to do with TJ and Morales still working out their dynamic together, or something else entirely. I can’t put my finger on it, but this week did not include the TJ I knew and loved. Read More... //

Law & Order: Los Angeles Review: "East Pasadena"

This week's episode of Law & Order: Los Angeles seemed to run fairly quickly; this may be due in part to the pleasurably predictable plot line of this installment. Within the first 15 minutes the show reveals illegal permit activities of the city of East Pasadena and the rest of the show is spent seeing how far the rabbit hole goes. There is a simple joy to be had in the reassurance of one’s hunch that Lt. Petracelli was the one that shot Comptroller Wheeler. This episode also finds pleasure in its deliverance of justice. Read More... //

Revamped 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Still Underwhelms

The show decided to bring back some of the hallmarks of the franchise, including an opening narration and title sequence, but they're not great. The theme was so quiet that I had to listen closely to even follow it, not like the distinctive themes from the previous editions, and the title sequence was a slow-motion affair that felt overdone. Both failed to evoke the fondness of their predecessors. And a theme and title sequence, even if done well, couldn't make up for the flaws in the series itself. The first episode, "Zuma Canyon," was the last for Skeet Ulrich as Detective Rex Winters. Killing him would have been a lot more effective if we hadn't known that it was coming for the last two weeks. As it is, it was hard not to watch Ulrich's final performance without constantly thinking that he was soon to be bumped off. When it comes to killing off main characters,  Southland  did much better when it said goodbye to Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) - not only was it not promoted, it was a gut-wrenching hour of drama. Winters' death was spoiled long ago, and it wasn't particularly gripping, besides. And while cop killer episodes are usually some of a show's best, "Zuma Canyon" was pretty much another story about Mexican gangs, with predictable beats like the murdered witness and the political red tape. Read More... //

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES “Zuma Canyon / Silver Lake” Review

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES  Season 1 Episodes 9 & 10 "Zuma Canyon / Silver Lake" – It’s been a long time coming for new episodes of  LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES , and NBC has been promoting the heck out of the return of the show. So much in fact that it almost seemed like a new seriespremiere. Nope, instead what we got were two new episodes – "Zuma Canyon" and "Silver Lake". In the initial episode "Zuma Canyon" fans were prepared to loose a member of the team, and speculation on the internet was that Detective Winters was going to meet his demise. Well, it’s true. Rex Winters is no more (which was not overly surprising). In "Zuma Canyon" we open on a quinceanera being crashed by men in masks and automatic weapons. The men end up killing eleven people total, three of them children (there is nothing that’ll make you more somber than seeing, even in a TV show, a child laying dead in a crime scene). This prompts the writers to make Winters a character that we’re going to miss – he returns home and checks on his kids.. whom we’ve seen once in the rest of the series. Read More... //

Review: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Gets a Face-Lift, But Was It Worth It?

'Law & Order: LA' (Monday, 9PM ET on NBC) has gone through some very public growing pains in its first season. The show was abruptly yanked from the air late last fall, and it soon became apparent that 'L&O' creator Dick Wolf was intent on radically rejiggering the cast and/or stripping the show for parts as he tried to keep some version of the underwhelming drama afloat. He may well have wanted to just present those changes (which include the departure of Skeet Ulrich and a job change for Alfred Molina's character) as done deals upon the show's return, because the implementation of those changes in Monday's first episode is so clunky, stilted and inelegant that it's like watching a desperate matron get plastic surgery. Read More... //