I just saw this on i-tunes, and that's about as interesting as the show gets- the fact that it's available for free, and without commercials, is wonderful.
As a LAW AND ORDER fan, mainly SVU, I had high hopes for this one. But I'm sad to report that it's not very interesting at all.
The plot could be taken out of a screen writing 101 class, and I won't go into it here except to say that (what a shocker!) there's a newbie, a cynic, a 'playa', and several gorgeous women who all act so dumb that you would'nt want them anywhere near you in a courtroom.
The masterminds at Dick Wolf productions also cast an actor named Elias Koteas to play a small role. Why do I point this out? Because Mr. Koteas, while being a fine actor, looks sounds and acts almost exactly like Christopher Meloni in SVU. Right down to the odd fitting toupee. In fact, several cast members from various LAW AND ORDER shows make appearances, but none can find any way of whipping up any interest in this soggy pile.
Someone needs to tell Dick Wolf- what worked 15 years ago is stale and boring now. All the same writers, directors, producers who were once able to bring something new to the game, are all now formulaic and dull. They try to spice it up with some sex, but even that is tame and predictable.
And apparently there are no gay characters in New York City! And the black men are either drug dealers or cowards! Okay, what did I like? I'm sure there was something. Let me wrack my brain. They actually use songs in this show, not that God awful beginning music class 'bump bump!' made famous for the last few decades. And it was beautifully filmed. And some of the acting wasn't bad, I particularly like Julianne Nicholson and the judge in her courtroom.
But other than that it's cliché after cliché after cliché followed by cliché. Hey, let's use a fat cop. And let's have him eating a donut! And that 'out of control' DA? How about he wolfs down aspirin with a red-bull. And that naive young dope who gave up his high paying job to 'do the right thing'- let's have him... ah, hell, it's not even worth recounting.
Like McDonalds, the Law and Order enterprise goes down easy, offers no nutrition, and makes you feel lousy after wards.
Stick with SVU.
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