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What happened to this show?,
This review is from: Law & Order: Los Angeles - The Complete Series (DVD)
I love the original Law & Order series; SVU; Criminal Intent; and new UK versions of the show. I think collectively they are the best crime shows on TV just due to their volume of episodes, the number of spin-off series that have also been very good, but mostly because of the consistency in the good writing in my view. So I very much wanted to like this new version of L&O but I didn't. This series can only be described as a 'mess' and here's why. The show starts off 'ok' with the typical half cops/half prosecuters format but with no familiar "In the criminal justice system..." lead in were familiar with. Skeet Ulrich as one half of the main cops who investigate crime I like--his partner less so. Ulrich is the best thing on the show until suddenly--he's killed off about 8 episodes in which lessens the show considerably. Albert Molina & Terrance Howard are the alternating DA's who handle the cases. So what's the 'mess'? After Ulrich dies Molina decides he's fed up being a prosecuter and goes back to being a Detective which we learn he was before becoming a DA. He is partnered with Cory Stoll, Skeet Ulrich's partner. Add to that the series intro changes completely at this time with the familiar voice intro added and Molina & Stoll featured rolling up on a crime scene . Are you still with me? Good because along about episode 14 comes 'the mess'; Skeet is suddenly back on the show, not dead, partnered with Stoll, the 'no intro' intro back and Albert Molina is back to being a DA. Say what? This isn't some "he wasn't really dead" plot thing, it appears the manufaturers got the episodes out of order. They obviously revamped the show including the introduction mid season but it didn't really work. The one good thing they did was feature Rachael Ticontin much more in the second half of the show.
Overall, the stories aren't bad and the familiar L&O formula is there in the show--Dick Wolf doesn't make 'junk'. But watch the first 6 episodes and you'll see why it was cancelled. If your a 'collector' of all the Law & Order shows like I am, your going to want this series. But if your not, and are just looking for a 'one season' Cop Show to purchase their are WAY better shows available out there like 'The Beast' with the now sadly departed Patrick Sweazy. That is a great show I really wanted to continue.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2012 8:46:24 PM PST
Don Jariyasunant says:
Bryan, You have your facts about this show all mixed up. I assume you were one of the viewers who watched the NBC airings and were confused by what they did.
1st, Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) was killed off in episode 9, which was actually the 14th episode filmed. He actually filmed 14 episodes on the show.
NBC aired 8 episodes and weren't happy with the show creatively so they pulled it after episode 8 to revamp it. The delay unfortunately lasted all the way until April, in the meantime, Dick Wolf and company continued filming the show with Skeet still working, but he and 2 other actors were let go after the 14th episode.
When the show returned in April 2011, the re-booted show jumped forward in time to the 14th episode filmed, which aired as episode 9. Rex was still on the show to keep some continuity, but was killed off.
Episodes 15-22 (or 10-17 as they aired) featured Molina and Stoll as partners. NBC also aired a few of those episodes out of order. The episode titled "Hayden Tract" was the intended season finale and ended in a cliffhanger, but it aired as episode 15. However, the ratings weren't good when it moved to Mondays and the show was cancelled. NBC still had episodes 9-13 in the can and decided to burn them off after the official season concluded. They aired as episodes 18-22, which featured Rex and TJ still as partners and Molina still as an ADA.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2012 4:48:27 PM PDT
Bryan Lambert says:
Dear Don, your explanation helps a little--but no, I never saw the show on TV, don't have cable. I bought the show cause I love the L&O franchise so much and watched it in the order the discs were laid out. And it the order I watched the episodes made no sense. I'd read that the show wasn't going well in the news when it was airing so a 'revamp' didn't surprise me. The revamp didn't help; the confusing episodes didn't help; those things didn't stop me from buying it tho cause I'm such a fan of Dick Wolf, but if you were new to the franchise--I think you'd be diappointed with this show.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 6:27:33 PM PDT
Don Jariyasunant says:
This wasn't on cable. It was regular over the air TV (NBC). I haven't purchased the DVD yet, but you mean to tell me the DVD has the episodes in the order they aired on TV as I explaned? Yikes! Talk about really confusing someone who never saw the show.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:51:01 PM PDT
My version of the full story is because a lot of the cancelled 'L&O mothership' fans refused to move over to LOLA, there were rating problems with the first try. And as you say there was no normal L&O show lead in, as a matter of fact there no 'theme with theme music' to introduce the cast. Instead in its place they ran no less than 8 commercials in sequence. The show was put on hiatus due to ratings and was re-tooled. When they brought the re-configured show with normal L&O intro back, the show got better but they stupidly killed off Skeet Ulrich, who was a big favorite, and moved Morales to being a cop which was okay because it put both Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard on the same episodes, and brought over Alana De La Garza from the L&O mothership to woo the old fans back. All to no avail, the ratings did not rise. Such a shame and with such a great cast. Lesson learned by Dick Wolf, make the show the same as your winning formula: the 'dum-dum' sound, use a unique version of the original music theme, the 'in the criminal justice...' intro, and lots of great writing with the surprise twist in the middle. And they never really used the tremendous Hollywood actor assets in cameo roles or walk-on roles. Imagine the ratings bonanza of a Lindsay Lohan or Kardasian episode. Such a shame it did not do better.
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