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Law and Order: SVU Year 8

In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories...

Law and Order has become one of the most popular crime dramas on television, spanning multiple spin offs with SUV being the highest rated. Year 8 is a big one as there are some major breakthrough cases along with personal life stories revealed. We learn more about Olivia's past and Elliot's anger issues, and how both affect their ability to perform in the field.

What I enjoy about the show is how each episode remains different, despite having to do with sexually based crimes most of the time. The writers continue to think of new ways to display a crime. There is also some continuity in the series as the personal lives of the agents tend to follow them wherever they go. Olivia disappears and works with the FBI for a while and we are introduced to a new partner for Elliot, whose relationship with his wife isn't going that smoothly. Things like this continue to pop up to give the show a timeline.

The major gripe I have with SVU and Law and Order in general is how each episode ends. Most of the time, audiences are left hanging with what happens to the criminal. We will either see part of a trial, sentencing, or even no trial at all. There isn't much consistency and the episode usually ends rather abruptly. Sure, there are some episodes that end well but for the most part, there was always something to wonder about when the episode was "finished."

There is a reason that Law and Order: SVU has been on for so long. It's a great show and can be disturbing at times, but shows a lot about our criminal justice system. There is a sense of attachment to the characters as the season goes on. You want to see what happens in the next episode.

Matt Rodriguez
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