Law & Order has always had stories based on headlines. I too am sorry to see the Winters character go but change is inevitable sometimes. The writing on the the 2 episodes last night was so much better. The characters are all soooo serious whereas the original and even the spin-off shows had some levity in their character interactions. Love the new music. I'm a L&O junkie and this one will take getting used to but I'm willing to go in for the long haul.
I agree with CNJ
Colonel Williams was only sentences a few months ago. It's still a big shock to the people from Trenton, Ottawa, Ontario and Canada. I don't mind the use of real life stories, but to do it this soon? It shocked me. The were a few differences, but the general plot, is bang on. Even the interview process was like watching the origional interview with Colonel Williams.
Common on why kill off a great actor. Hated that Det. Rex Winters/Skeet Ulrich's character will no longer be in the show!!!!Seriously don't think I will continue to watch this show!!
what really steamed me was not only was Skeet fired and his character murdered, but there was no justice for Det. Rex Winters with his killer getting off. So now what? We just wait a few years til they come back to this story line to wrap it up? Or it never gets wrapped up? What a crock!
In watching "Silver Lake" last night, I kept feeling I had seen the episode before. Turns out, I had - in a way. I know "borrowing" from headlines is part of Law & Order's history, but this one may have gone too far. The question is, can you plagiarize your own network?
In February of this year, NBC Dateline ran the story of Colonel Russell Williams, a Canadian Air Force pilot who was discovered to be a sexual predator and killer. The "coincidences" lifted from this episode and used in Silver Lake are simply unbelievable:
During his interrogation, Colonel Williams has been called "Russell", and at a critical moment he corrects his interrogator and says "call me Russ". In Silver Lake, Secret Service agent "Ray", at the same critical moment, says "call me Raymond".
The real life Colonel Williams is credited with piloting planes "carrying the Canadian prime ministers and the queen of England"; fictitious agent Garson is credited with protecting the life of "Presidents and Prime Ministers".
The sordid details of the criminal stealing, as well as photographing himself wearing, the underwear are virtually identical in both stories, as is his story of saying the sex was consensual.
There are other small similarities throughout the episode, but for the closing it appears there was no attempt whatsoever to slightly alter the facts from the original case. Silver Lake ends with the plea deal being announced to the victim's widower: two life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years - the exact sentence given to the real life Colonel Williams.
My concern for Law & Order LA is that they took a 3 months hiatus to retool the show, and in that time it appears all they did was barely remake one of NBC's own Dateline episodes.
Yes, it was 1,000 times better than the first eight episodes. Maybe not as good as the original Law & Order, but still leauges ahead of the first eight.
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