Saturday, June 20, 2015

The End... Kinda

I have reached the end of posting for this blog. Everything that I had of the Stablers is all up.
-I will update any entries (such as Bonus Families for John MunchFin TutuolaOlivia Benson and  Don Cragen) as the series continue. I do not plan on doing those kinds of entries for Nick Amaro, Amanda Rollins and Sonny Carisi only because they came on to the series after Elliot Stabler/Christopher Meloni left.

Other exceptions:
-any past photos, articles or interviews that I missed; it's never too late to include! If you have any, please let me know!
-any recent photos, articles or interviews that reference SVU
-any returns to SVU while still on the air
-an occasional "Where Are They Now?"

The very first post has the explanation for this blog of why I made it and to start my readers off, ironically it's the very last post of the blog (although technically this is the last post- hopefully that made sense): For Starters

Credits for screencapping and images for the blog are provided on Links section

Updates as of May 30, 2016 (work in progress):
Bonus Family: Olivia Benson
Bonus Family: Fin Tutuola

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Early Days of SVU

March 2014 A.V. Club
AVC: Was there ever any point where you felt like he was flying off the handle a bit too much, maybe for a reason that didn’t ring true?
Yeah, but you can chalk that up to acting. [Laughs.] I don’t know if it was because I personally felt this way and, without knowing it, I foisted it upon the character, but when I got the job, it was written that I had three kids, and that was about it. And I said to Dick, “You know, I think he should be an ex-Marine, and I think he should have a tattoo on his forearm.” Because I felt that he was a straight arrow, but I felt that the tattoo was a hint that he used to be a little wilder, that there was a wildness that was suppressed within him because he had to tow a certain line, because he had a lot of responsibility, and I think he took “to protect and serve” very seriously.
I also said, “I think he should have four kids. The first one, I think my wife just got pregnant, and we were basically just teenagers, maybe 19 or 20 years old, and it forced us to get married.” That’s not an auspicious way to start, and I think that brings pressure. All of a sudden, you’re starting a family, and it’s under duress. And I said, “I think the last two kids should be twins.” So the only one that was really planned was the middle child, and then it’s, like, “Okay, well, we can deal with three kids,” but then to have four kids on a detective’s salary…? That’s a lot of pressure! I always felt that. I always felt like the guy should be under pressure, and when I toured and interviewed the SVU detectives that I did, the things that they saw and what they had to deal with was rough. Rough stuff. And I think it made me feel such pressure. So I guess that’s what it is: a sense of pressure. A man constantly under pressure. Now whether I did it too much or not? I have no fucking idea.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Major Problem With 'Law & Order: SVU' This Season

Some parts taken from this Huffington Post article from May of 2014 (click on link to read entire article)
"SVU" has always been about the detectives’ stories -- you hear those words in the intro to every episode -- but one of the best aspects of the show was that the characters' personal baggage was always left at home. Of course, in the past the show divulged backstories and revealed the job’s troubling effect on the squad’s home lives. Out of everyone, we’ve spent the most time with Elliot's marital and family conflicts, but those storylines never overshadowed the cases at hand. Elliot's personal life only seeped in to further reflect his increasingly wavering stability and ever-growing aggressive behavior. It was always in small doses and always relevant to his character development.

The same goes for Olivia, when the writers included her childhood trauma only when it related to a case, or when a victim reminded her of her own upsetting birth story. We only learned about Munch’s mentally unstable ex-wife Gwen when he needed to get her help on a case, and Fin’s son was only a major part of an episode when he ended up being involved in an investigation, or when his sexuality reflected Fin's struggle with acceptance. The writers managed to give us stories about a squad of relatable characters who evaded their own issues by attempting to assuage the pain of others. But when the lines become blurred between personal and professional, and when the detectives’ struggles take precedence over the victims' "SVU" turns into an entirely different show. Nothing describes Season 15 better than that.

In the second half of the season alone, all three major characters experience their largest downfalls yet and each are brought to their absolute lowest. Benson, Amaro, and Rollins were all on the brink of losing their badges this season, with two of them getting investigated by Internal Affairs (IAB) within the span of four episodes. In the past, IAB's investigations of the squad have been rare but serious occurrences. This season both Benson and Amaro's cases were amplified and then immediately swept away and forgotten by episodes' end. Beyond this, many of this season's storylines felt tenuous and hollow. Amaro was nothing more than a carbon copy of Elliot, with his similar anger management and marriage troubles. As if that drama weren't enough to incite viewers, this season added an even more unexplained and impractical side story of Amaro and Rollins' affair, which was never alluded to before nor resolved after. Season 15 overall was filled with dramatized, haphazard vignettes revolving solely around the detectives' personal lives. In retrospect, those episodes stand out far more than any of the criminal cases, many of which are hardly memorable.