I didn’t really care for the new Law & Order – Los Angeles. But truth be told, I felt the same way about Law & Order – SVU and Law and Order – Criminal Intent when they first aired. I am a long-term fan of the original Law & Order. Although I warmed up to SVU eventually, Law & Order Criminal Intent took me a little longer because the unique character of Goran takes getting used to. Eventually, though, Criminal Intent became my favorite. When I heard the news that Law & Order – Los Angeles was arriving, I decided I would give it a look, so I watched the season opener on Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
The first thing I noticed was that the Los Angeles version was going to be a slick Law & Order. I have always enjoyed the gritty feel to New York City, where the criminals and the detectives are very street savvy. Los Angeles seemed a little too clean and flashy.
The premiere episode involved a gang of burglars robbing the beautiful people while they were out clubbing. Of course, one misfortun happened to surprise them in the house. Most of these victims were involved with the Hollywood community, and this disappointed me a little because it gave rise to too many wisecracks about actors and their lifestyles.
I found the two lead detectives on the case, Jaruszalski and Winters, played by Corey Stall and Skeet Ulrich respectively, likeable enough. I also liked the Deputy District Attorney Morales, played by Alfred Molina, but most of the other characters involved in the show didn’t make much of an impression on me. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, though, because that may change over time.
As is usually the case with any of the Law & Order shows, there was little insight into the characters’ personal lives, a fact which I particularly enjoy. One of my biggest complaints with other crime based dramas is their lack of creativity and having to dip into their own house for story lines. As Law & Order advertises, they get most of their stories straight from the news headlines.
As the first episode completed, I had figured out the guilty party, so that was a bit of a disappointment. I’m hoping that improves over time, too, along with a bit of the stereotypical view of the Hollywood lifestyle. I see some real potential for Law & Order -Los Angeles and hope it joins my other favorites. It’s definitely worth watching, so I’m leaving my Wednesday nights free to watch.