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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
One of the best episodes in the series long run, 19 February 2013
10/10

The aptly titled "Screwed" reveals kinks in the SVU armor as a trial exposes some of the division's "bending" of the law. This installment demonstrates that sometimes police departments turn the other cheek when it comes to matters concerning other officers and, on occasion, their family members.

The storyline also reveals a showing revelation about Finn's nephew, well-played by rapper/actor Ludicrous. LisaGaye Hamilton is equally as good in the role of Finn's ex-wife and the nephew's mother.

"SVU" is known for its stellar roster of guest stars and this one scores in that arena. In addition to Ludicrous and Hamilton, the episode features Steven Weber ("Wings) and in recurring roles, Judith Light as Judge Donnelly, Ernest Waddell as Fin's son, and John Schuck returns as the chief of detectives. Star Jones and Nancy Grace appear, of course, as themselves.

As usual, all of the regular cast members excel as they usually do and with such a crowded entry, each of them has his/her moment or two.

Why this installment didn't get an Emmy or two is one of TV's injustices.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Though derivative, there are possibilities there, 1 October 2011

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Shades of "Jurassic Park," "Lost," "Avatar," "Stargate," and the dysfunctional Robinson family of the "Lost in Space" theatrical feature, the pilot for the new Fox series brings in a lot of the familiar.

The episode kicks the show off with impressive special effects that definitely have the Spielberg stamp on them. All that's missing is the sweeping underscore of John Williams' music.

As an "introduction," the pilot doesn't waste too much time to get the principals transported to the era of the dinosaur, eliminating some "explanations" and plot development to get the Shannon family in the past.

Don't ask how Papa Shannon got out of the maximum-security prison...unaided.

Once there, the family discovers that all is not happy in paradise. Including the threat of being on a T-Rex's menu, residents of Terra Nova must contend with a offshoot branch called "The Sixers," hellbent on the downfall of TN.

The cast is pretty good for a show of its type, headed by Jason O'Mara as the patriarch of the new family to the prehistoric community and Steven Lang as its leader.

Hopefully, as the season progresses, the writers will come up with some intriguing and original story lines that will make the show unique and an exemplary entry into the history of television sci-fi.

The pilot's liberal "borrowing" from other shows and films is acceptable but for a long life, the show needs to come up with something of its own.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
The "Stabler-less" season continues with a hard-hitting story, 29 September 2011

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Though the season is in its infancy sans Christopher Meloni, it still carries on the tradition of stories "ripped from the headlines." "Personal Fouls" features Dan Lauria as a respected basketball coach suspected of sexually abusing his young male players. While evidence against him is highly circumstantial, the search for the truth reveals cover-ups,pay-offs, and buried memories.

Guest Mehcad Brooks is especially riveting in the episode's closing moments as his character is forced to tell the world about his past relationship with the highly revered coaching legend.

Aaron Tveit is also quite good as Brooks' former teammate who also shares a secret about the coach.

Heavy D makes a rare acting turn as Brooks' manager.

Still unafraid to tackle controversial issues, SVU, with "Personal Fouls" explores the rarely discussed issue of male-on-male sexual abuse.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
'Too bad that most of the episodes were NOT this good!, 23 July 2011
8/10

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This is a standout installment because of the tension created with the approach of Halley's Comet, the claustrophobic nature of being trapped in a mine, and the great sfx when the comet from 1910 has an effect on the present-day Time Tunnel.

Great acting comes from the main cast as well as from veteran actors Paul Fix, James Westerfield, and Gregory Morton. Paul Carr, who will appear in several other episodes during the show's single-year run is also effective as a trapped miner.

The better episodes of the show were the ones that were steeped in history as opposed to the ones that used those trademark silver-faced aliens.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Talk about a "dated" episode, 31 December 2010
6/10

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When guest star Glynn Turman - donned in "Superfly" attire - makes his first appearance in a HUGE Caddy, and engages in dialogue with his fellow "pimp" Ron Glass, the viewer knows the he's watching a show from the early 70's. The series was probably gunning for the "blaxploitation" audience that was making movies like "Shaft," "Coffee" and other films of the era popular.

The episode did have a rarity, even today: an interracial MARRIED couple, even though Turman's wife was one of his former "girls." The youngsters playing the couple's children also looked the part of multiracial offspring.

It also provided a "pairing" - though they never shared any screen time - of Glass and Gregory Sierra, later to both be featured on the ABC classic sit-com "Barney Miller." In addition to the appearance of these future TV stars, Pat Morita, later of "Happy Days" and "The Karate Kid" films, has a small part as a barkeep.

Also, Moe Keole, who would become a cast member in the series later years, appears as a pimp with a very volatile demeanor.

Actually another thing going for it is the catchy title.

6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Redeemed by the always superb Marcia Gay Harden, 18 November 2010
7/10

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Harden returns as the "hard-as-nails" FBI agent Dana Lewis in a story that, in true SVU fashion, incorporates the "ripped-from-the-headlines" take on terrorism mixed with the day-to-day dealings with rape.

The story itself is not quite up to par with the majority from this 12th season but it is Harden's testimony on the witness stand during the final quarter of the drama that makes up for the weaknesses of the strength in the first three fourths.

"Penetration" makes Harden's third appearance as Lewis and, as always, she delivers, revealing a side of the agent that heretofore remained hidden: a woman who has had to live with a dark secret that is brought out in the opening moments of the installment.

She is a wonder to behold and this fan looks forward to her next appearance in the role.

7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Talk about your "poetic justice", 10 November 2010

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Two men are assaulted and "branded" by coat hanger with each man marked by a coat hanger with a single-word message indicating how the perpetrator saw them. The detectives discover that a third man is on the "hit list" as this is a crime of revenge, based on something that occurred two decades when all three and the attacker were at a summer camp.

Bess Rous plays the role of the attacker and she dynamically portrays the pent-off rage of someone whose life was forever altered based on the rape she incurred when she was a young teen.

A bit of inspired casting is in the form of Odeya Rush, the young actress who plays Rous's daughter. She truly looks as if the older actress could really be her mother.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
As usual, guest performers are on the mark!, 10 November 2010
8/10

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While the storyline was pretty predictable - body is found; suspect is investigated; pattern of serial rapist is discovered; real suspect is identified; real suspect gets his "comeuppance" - there are some surprises along the way.

Benson (Mariska Hargitay discovers that she may or may not have a sister, fathered by the same man who had raped her own mother decades ago. This makes for an interesting development, which really takes a turn during the show's final moments when a major change occurs in the detective's life.

While Hargitay is her usual award-winning best, the episode belongs to two of the guest actors: veteran character R. Lee Ermey and Joe Sikora. Ermey plays the long-time rapist while Sikora plays his former cell mate who is terrorized by the rapist, having been Ermey's "partner" when the two were in prison.

The two performers are downright brilliant and it would be no surprise if they were competitors in next year's Emmy race for "best performance by a guest star on a television series."

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
"Day the Earth Stood Still" with a little bit of Hitchcock along the way, 31 October 2010
9/10

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"The Innocent" is one of the best in the series history. David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) travels to Maine, investigating a fisherman's tale of a spacecraft. Our hero is working at the behest of a serviceman ( a young Dabney Coleman) who "killed" an alien and needs proof to present to the government.

Vincent is captured by aliens and their leader, played by "The Day the Earth Stood Still's" Michael Rennie, shows our hero what merits that the aliens can give to mankind. Of course, things are not as they appear and soon Vincent is given a "Mickey" just like the one administered in Hitch's classic "North by Northwest." The episode has some great location shots and features a bevy of character actors, "faces" that have been seen in many genre films and television shows, among them Frank Marth, Harry Lauter, and Paul Carr.

Along with Coleman, two other actors would go on to singular recognition in other films and television shows. William Smithers would become a major foe for Larry Hagman on "Dallas" and Katherine Justice would have the distinction of being one-half of the murderous pair on the first "Columbo" film.

3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
"Aunt May" scores as the grandmother from h**l!, 27 October 2010
7/10

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The fifth episode of the 12th season of "SVU" is a little too "preachy" as it takes the (usual) liberal take on the evils of big business, this time attacking soft drink companies as being responsible for leading an attempt to control the world's water supply. The suspicious discovery of a body in a fountain leads the SVU team to the halls of academia and the mansion of a wealthy dowager, played by veteran character actress Rosemary Harris, who had a business relationship with the murder victim.

Harris, who has been introduced to the younger generation as Peter Parker's "Aunt May" in the "Spiderman" movies, is extremely good as the unforgiving aunt of one of the suspects, played by guest star Amanda Brookss.

The final scene in the hospital between Harris and Brooks demonstrates the aunt's true character, leaving the viewer to be sympathetic to the niece who is revealed to be the actual murderer.


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