Hogwarts AU! While drawing this I realized I really need this in my life. If anyone knows/ has written a fanfic please tell me so I can read it!
I think that Roy would be a Slytherin and Riza would be a Hufflepuff, but I’d like to know more people’s opinions as well so feel free to rant about this with me I love talking about FMA and Harry Potter <333
For a milestone episode, this wasn’t very memorable. I was disappointed there weren’t many references to the show’s history. I’d like to think Liv talking about mothers was one such reference, and I appreciated the subtlety of it, but it wasn’t enough for me.
These big episodes usually include returning cast members, or callbacks to old cases (SVU itself has done that well in the past), or a few quiet moments between the characters, family moments, to show how far they’ve come and how their bond has grown stronger. Especially for a show in its 18th season, with so much to draw from, I felt it was a little strange to have the big 400 just be a random episode of the week.
That said, by that standard (a random SVU episode), it was pretty good. The case was predictable as always (it was obvious the mother was shady and there was no real twist, other than showing us just how manipulative she truly was ok and that part about the son masturbating, I totally didn’t see that coming) but the trial was at least entertaining. Which brings me to:
I keep saying it, if they want to show the trials at length, they need to find ways to make them interesting. In this episode, what with Barba’s sass and the woman’s powers of persuasion and the switch of defense, I think they succeeded. Plus, it’s always good to see Buchanan and Judge Jenna. And I always love it when perps try to"read" and manipulate the jury (remember that awesome episode with Chloe Sevigny? Now that was a twist!).
But lets get to Sonny.
Sonny and Continuity
It was nice to see Sonny dealing with all the teenage boys in this episode. Both because it was consistent with Sonny’s easy camaraderie with younger males (perps, suspects, witnesses or victims) and because it reminded us that he can be sensitive and careful when handling delicate individuals. We haven’t gotten a chance to see that this season, Sonny’s gentle nature or his empathy, and I’m glad we did see it in this episode.
I also liked the way Sonny changed his demeanor a little, depending on which kid he was talking to. When he was talking to the son, he was sweet and clearly trying to be soothing, because the kid was in shock. But when he was talking to that other kid (the one the mother was also sleeping with and how convenient was that), Sonny switched to a more jock-type of a persona, all “lol yeah that kid’s a nerd”, to get the kid to open up. That’s another thing I’ve been missing this season, Sonny’s perceptiveness and adaptability.
Oh, and I did love how he casually mentioned that kid’s scholarship. That subtle threat. That’s also classic Sonny, hittin’ them where it hurts. Being smart enough to identify pressure points.
The Barisi Corner/Sonny and the Law
They spoke to each other! Sonny called Barba ‘counselor’!
They were sitting together, going over the case with their lil’ notepads all mixed together! Scribbling notes on top of each other’s notes, probably! Sonny’s jacket was casually draped over Barba’s leather armchair!
Seriously though, I did love how Sonny seemed to be working with Barba on an “extra”, deeper level. Notepad and all. Not like the other cops. Liv was there for support, and to talk about the case, maybe to vent or ask Barba about how they’d proceed, but Sonny was there as a legitimate source of assistance. He was there as a partner, there to go over the evidence alongside Barba, there to exchange theories and brainstorm and talk strategy. Sonny is a lawyer, and the show only remembers that rarely, but I think they did remember it last night.
I also liked that Sonny was the one to explain the specifics of Barba’s deal to the father. It was a nice touch, because it showed both that Sonny and Barba are in sync and that Sonny is the better option to explain a somewhat complicated legal issue to a non-lawyer (as opposed to Barba who might get too technical).
I always like seeing Sonny and Barba working together harmoniously, and now that the teasing jokes are a thing of the past, because jokes suggest an actual personality it’s nice to see Barba treating Sonny as an almost-equal, as a valuable collaborator.
me @ me:
When that hot cop was like, “what do I know, I’m a cop, not a prosecutor,” you could just see Benson thinking “oh honey, you have so much to learn.”
MATT FROM 90210 oh crap i’m dating myself He did look great though (I’m talking about the kid’s father, for you tumblr youths), and he was one of the better actors in the episode.
“His mother is… complicated” lol I wonder who wrote that line.
Jon: the world benefit greatly from the cease of your insistent banter
oh man guys it’s so hot right now in southern california. Like no cloud in the sky, sun high and blazing, it’s barely 7 am and it’s already 80 degrees Fahrenheit, kind of heat. It’s beginning.
And tomorrow we’re hitting triple digits *cries*
I hate summer. What does this heat benefit? you can’t do anything comfortable outside unless you wanna burn, your garden plants get cooked, your poor pets get overheated, traffic becomes more hellish than regular. *sigh*
At least it “cools” down somewhat around 5pm ( the breeze starts kicking in and thankfully not a too hot one). I should enjoy this before real summer heat hits.
At least i have good heat tolerance, but i still hate it.