Since Season 17 of “Law & Order: SVU” kicks off Wednesday night, here are a few tidbits about the opening episode that will surely get you in the mood for another season of the crime drama,
The two hour premiere, which is entitled “Devil’s Dissection/Criminal Pathology” is a twisty mash-up that features a sleuth of dead bodies, a bunch of trips to the coroner’s office, some fancy police work and a lot of very compelling courtroom testimony.
By combining elements from recent the HBO smash “The Jinx” and the Oscar winning film “The Silence of the Lambs,” this is “SVU’s” homage to both the real-life Robert Durst and fictional Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The mixture makes for one big creepy, fast moving piece. Additionally, this episode really sets a great tone for the rest of the year. (And next week’s episode “Transgender Bridge” is just as compelling, for entirely different reasons, but enthralling none-the-less. Trust me on this.)
Another goal this opening episode accomplishes is to remind viewers that there are SO many ways that this season can play out that if you’re even slightly a fan of the series, the mere thought of that will make you giddy. Imagine that, being giddy, and not terrified, when watching “SVU.” Ok, maybe there should be some trepidation for obvious reasons, so maybe equal parts of each of these feelings is what you should strive for. Yeah, that seems about right.
As you speculate about the upcoming episodes or get lost in the 120 minutes of the premiere, it’s entirely possible that there will come a time when you’ll ask yourself, ‘Who are these people?’
While it’s great to see our old pals from the 16th precinct tackling new cases, you may find yourself thinking, ‘I thought I knew these folks really well, but clearly I do not.’ That’s because, it’s immediately obvious in this opening installment that just like real human beings, these characters are constantly evolving; not always in ways you think they should, but in ways that are very real. That’s not going to stop, so your best bet is to just roll with it.
Finally, when watching this particular episode, you will definitely gasp. Not only at what’s happening throughout the narrative, but because of the appearance of someone who will make you yell, ‘WTF!’ And, you will most likely rewind your DVR quickly to make sure you saw what you thought you saw. (Well, done writers!!!) Personally, I can’t wait to see this one pay off later, and you know that it absolutely will.
That should be plenty to get you in the door for the first episode of season 17 of “Law & Order: SVU.” The two hour season premiere airs Wednesday night at 9/8c on NBC.
For a recap of this episode after it airs, please visit The New York Observer here.
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