Law and Order Organized Crime S03E20 480p WEBRip x264
I haven't watched any series in the L&O franchise in years, but wanted to give Law and Order: Organized Crime a try. I'm coming in kind of blind. I have no idea how Stabler's and Benson's relationship evolved, and don't know anything about why Stabler left. I didn't even watch the SVU lead in episode. After two episodes I wasn't hooked, but it showed promise. Christopher Meloni is an amazing actor, but I've never really cared for the character of Elliot Stabler. Dylan McDermott is very strong cast against type as a bad guy - a mob boss. I like that this first mini-season is focusing on a single case. But unless they have really pulled the wool over my eyes the outcome is pretty predictable. The show seems to resort to a lot of common archetypes and tropes from other organized crime dramas. The bad guy's updated approach to the family business is a fresh coat of paint, but I'm not seeing enough original ideas so far to get me excited. I kept remembering "Wise Guy", a much stronger series that focused on organized crime. It was really just the performances that kept me watching. But it turned out that was enough. Two more episodes in and I found Meloni's performance riveting and compelling. I'm hooked. He convincingly portrays a man who is suffering from PTSD after the death of his wife in a manner that is frustrating and heart-wrenching. It's an admirably nuanced performance. This is not a tough guy that we've seen before. Not a Bruce Willis every man in over his head, not a Clint Eastwood or Stallone superman who is always in control. This is a guy that visibly wears the burden of the trauma that he suffered. It weighs on him but not in some overwrought over the top emotional breakdown. This is a guy who's hurting and who conveys his pain visibly. He knows he's in trouble but he's conflicted. He wants help but he doesn't know how to accept it even when it's offered. It's an Emmy-worthy performance. If he doesn't at least get a nomination it would be a shame.
- Christopher Meloni
- Danielle Moné Truitt
- Ainsley Seiger