- Jul 1, 2008
Agree with everything you said except for Jerry Orbach. Loved the Briscoe character, except for the 'my daughter's a drug addict' arc.Jack P said:I have always found the Law And Order franchises to be shows I can only sample episodes of rather than watch all of. That said, I have seen next to nothing of the final four years when Rene Balcer went into nutso overdrive with his ideological agendas. Not that agendas weren't present in earlier seasons but once Fred Thompson was gone from the show, that seemed like an excuse to just push the envelop as far in one direction as possible. If a revival dialed that back, I'd be willing to give it a chance but not if it was going to be like it was at the end when I was rooting for it *not* to surpass "Gunsmoke."
Personally, I always preferred the original group of Dzunda/Sorvino-Noth-Florek-Moriarty-Brooks-Hill. I have always found Waterston annoying beyond belief. And Jerry Orbach IMO was more suited to a role like Harry McGraw than as Briscoe IMO if you were going to make him a series lead.
Hmm, maybe a revival could finally spring Profaci loose from jail?
Personally, I was never the fan of L&O to begin with. SVU being renewed for a 17th season doesn't help matters.Lord Dalek said:Ugh, this show should have died in the 90s, or at least when Jerry Orbach left. In the end, the only thing that kept L&O going was Dick Wolf's insane quest to get revenge on CBS (the network that passed on L&O back in 1988) by overtaking John Meston as creator of the longest running prime time drama in television history.
Of course, by that point, audiences had had enough of recycled "ripped from the headlines" plots, revolving door cast of forgettable cyphers, and Sam Waterson's perpetual frown. And yet... SVU survives, despite being the "What Lifetime movie of the week has Benson wandered into this time?!?"-show for years now with the dumbest twist endings on television.