Eh. A plot we
have seen before, a type of “nice guy” perp we have seen before, a case that
had pretty much zero twists (the perp was immediately obvious), a tepid
resolution. To me, this was the weakest episode of the season.
On the bright
side, though, there
wasn’t a huge amount of victim blaming, and we got some
wonderful Amanda scenes, and also some intimate Rolivia scenes (I ship it btw!
I’m getting S17 Barisi vibes from them this year. I can already tell that S19
will be the Holy Grail for Rolivia shippers, just like S17 was for Barisi
shippers. And I’m loving every minute of it.). Also, the ending did have a
sappy PSA vibe, but the anti-bullying message was important, and timely, so I
didn’t mind it that much.
was a somewhat uneventful episode which I moderately enjoyed but won’t be rewatching.
Sonny and Continuity
come so far. He’s been doing this a long time! 3 whole years I mean, a really long time, and he doesn’t ask
questions he doesn’t already know the answers to :D Which, by the way, is a
lawyer thing, not a cop thing. (and a To Kill a Mockingbird thing, of course).
I don’t know if that was a subtle nod to Sonny’s lawyer side, or just a cool
way to show that he’s a confident detective now, but I loved it all the same.
Just like I
love this Sonny upgrade we’ve been getting. We (and Sonny) were long overdue.
Season 16 was the “he’s got potential but he still needs training wheels”
period, Season 17 was the “he’s learned a lot but he’s still rough around the
ages” period, Season 18 never happened and Season 19 is the “Sonny
Carisi, experienced SVU detective and licensed attorney, at your service”
is, Sonny has been doing this a long time. Three years at SVU is no joke.
Anyone would learn a lot, let alone someone like Sonny, who’s always been so eager
to educate himself. I love how we’re allowed to see that confidence, this year.
That’s Sonny’s main trait, now. He swaggers into Liv’s office and explains
complex jurisprudence, he sasses Barba, he interrogates witnesses or perps with
the gravitas of a cop who knows what he’s doing.
development has been earned. Sonny has gone through a lot of shifts as a
character, but finally we’re seeing it all pay off. Finally, the subtle shifts
in his attitude are consistent with his character arc; he’s gained experience
as a cop, he’s got his law license, he’s older, and he’s seen things, and he’s finally
moving forward as a character. He’s where he’s supposed to be.
best thing is that his core personality hasn’t been sacrificed. He’s still
funny, just not in a (totally) goofy way. He’s still empathetic, just not in a naïve
way. He’s still whip smart, just not in a way that’s meant to surprise us. We
know who he is now, and he knows who he is, and it’s great to watch.
it will be just as great to watch him mess up, too. Somehow. Or get compromised.
Over-invested. We’re all human. I’d like to see that. Maybe we will.
The Barisi Corner
When Fin is
not in an episode, it becomes almost hilariously obvious how short-staffed the 16th
is. There are literally 2 detectives, Amanda and Sonny and Fin who is a
Sergeant except not really so I don’t even know if he counts. I like that
they’re bringing in another ADA (provided it allows for more Barba drama) but
why not also bring in a new detective? The cast is small enough for 2 new
additions. I’m not talking Season 9 levels of “we can’t fit our 18 regulars in
the same frame,” I’m talking about one more cop. The show needs it.
My guy! The
defense attorney! He’s my favorite. I love that the show keeps having him
that hilariously unrelated note, Noah’s grandmother showed up!”
Man, why do I even bother coming up with organic segues when I write fic?
believe my ears when Amanda mentioned an actual case from her past, but it wasn’t
that random thing SVU does, where detectives reference “old cases” which were
solved offscreen (like in the premiere). We had actually seen Amanda’s old case!
Pink clouding! I applaud the writers for actually giving a damn about
continuity this season. It really makes a difference.
Continuity Vol. 2: I loved that we saw, yet again, how sensitive Sonny is when
it comes to younger victims. The way Peter conveyed Sonny’s disgust when
talking about the incident, even before they knew a rape had occurred, it was
so beautifully consistent with Sonny’s reactions in previous seasons. Again,
continuity really makes a difference.
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