Saturday, October 19, 2013

Surrender Benson (season 15)

Olivia was abducted at gunpoint, assaulted by William Lewis, a rapist who Olivia arrested earlier and was acquitted, for a couple of days.
William Lewis: What's that look? Are you feeling sad? Thinking about someone? Mom...Dad...Boyfriend? No, huh? Someone else...someone who you could give anything to see just 1 more time. You're gonna cry his name out at some point. They always do. Well, just try to put him out of your mind, okay?
Olivia managed to free herself and beat William with the iron bed post and handcuffed him to the bed. She was wondering if she should kill him?
Olivia: ...My old partner, he'd know what to do. He wouldn't questioned himself after what you've done. He would kick your teeth in, break your legs, break your arms, break your back, break your face. Maybe I should call him. Maybe I should get him to use that metal bar on you...huh? And maybe you beg for for your life
William suddenly "wakes up" growling at her. She yelps and held her gun to him
William Lewis: Then do it. Do something. Please God, that speech, that's the saddest thing I ever heard in my life...
Olivia: Shut up
William Lewis: Your partner would know what to do. I would know what to do, and you just stand there wondering what to do. That old partner of yours-- well he sounds very macho, doesn't he
Olivia: No
William Lewis: It must've been tough for you- all those long nights in the car.
Olivia: You don't get to talk about him
William Lewis: Did he ever do you? He did, didn't he? You still want him. I can hear it in your voice. You're all bottled up
Eventually Olivia started to beat William until he got unconscious before the SVU squad discovered her whereabouts.

Stabler on Benson's Mind

September 2013
Christopher Meloni played Benson’s partner Elliott Stabler for the first twelve years of the show, but since exiting three years ago over a contract dispute, his absence has been glaring; ratings flagged (compare the 8.98 million viewers who tuned in for the Season 12 finale to the 6.66 of Season 14) and the show has struggled to find its narrative footing. The smartest thing that happens in the Season 15 premiere is a sequence too good to spoil- a monologue Benson delivers about her relationship with Stabler that acknowledges his departure, rather than filling up the hole with guest stars and hysterical cases. It feels like a real drama, not a camp pleasure.

Benson looks pretty bruised and battered in the SVU promo. How will she handle her ordeal emotionally?
Adam: Strangely enough, she won’t draw strength from thinking about her current beau Cassidy. Rather, it’s her ex-partner Stabler who’s on Benson’s mind during her face-off with Pablo Schreiber’s Lewis. Then again, those memories may do more harm than good

Saturday, October 12, 2013

It's Benson as You've Never Seen Her (2007)

February 2007; TV Guide
Over the past eight years, we've gotten to know a lot about the show's two main detectives: Christopher Melonii's hunky but hotheaded Elliot Stabler, and Emmy-winner Mariska Hargitays empathetic Olivia Benson. Although the cases they work are still the series' hook, their soap-opera-like personal sagas — Stabler's unstable home life, Benson's background as the child of rape, their undeniable sexual attraction — have been stealing the focus of late. And why not? Most viewers admit that Stabler and Benson and their tumultuous partnership are the reason they tune in (and why fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when the stars recently renewed their contracts through 2009), and SVU consistently earns the highest ratings out of all the L&Os.

As for whether this shift will lead to romance, Hargitay laughs. "I get asked that a lot," she says. "[Benson and Stabler's] relationship is very complex. Sometimes it's like brother-sister, and sometimes there's a lot of sexual chemistry. I think their passion for the same job is what makes them so close. The average lifespan of an SVU detective is four years, and here are two cops who have been in it so long that they're basically isolated from the rest of the world. It's just so loaded and layered. I know a lot of people want to see them together." So, back to the original question: "I think sometimes even Olivia wants that," says her portrayer. "But I don't think that will ever happen."
Of course, the fate of "Ellivia" is really in the hands of the writers. Although Baer says that "right now their relationship is still evolving," he allows, "You never can say never." There certainly are no plans for them to get together anytime soon, particularly since Stabler is trying to reconcile with Kathy, his estranged wife. One other impediment to romance is gone, however — Stabler's temporary partner/love interest, Dani Beck (played by Connie Nielsen in a six-episode arc earlier this season). "Beck won't be back," Baer says. "The whole intent [with her character] was to bring on someone who had never done Special Victims and to show that it's not a job for everyone."