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Law & Order: SVU Review: Romancing Benson

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Finally! An SVU episode with both exciting drama and captivating romance.

"Hunting Ground" was a great outing with plenty of suspense. Unlike others this season, the search for the serial killer focused less on plot twists and more on the detective work. Watching the team work together to uncover the identity of a dangerous killer was way more entertaining than the predictable and convoluted plots of previous installments.

I always feel the show is at its best when each of the detectives brings their own angle to the investigation; although Benson and Amaro seemed to take the lead on the case, each of the detectives spent some time unraveling the mystery. Even Munch used his liberal politics to try and reason with the editor of the Downtown Voice, despite his protests about the possible violation of the paper's civil liberties.

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But I think what I enjoyed most in this episode was watching the budding romance between David and Olivia. After agreeing to take it slow, the two enjoyed a movie date; however, they aren't too keen to share their romance with their coworkers yet, so they went to see a film they don't think anyone they work with would enjoy: The Artist. It was smart of them to see if things were going to work out before involving their bosses and making a clear professional divide, but I think their relationship might be affecting their work already.

Despite the fact that David is cool-headed and logical about their relationship, it's clear that he really wants something serious with Olivia. "I'm not going anywhere," he says. But, is that true? Harry Connick Jr. was only signed-on for four episodes and next week's promos indicate some problems for the pair. Will they split up so soon?

I would hate to see them call off their relationship so quickly because they seem to be working on a really healthy one. Benson has some really bad habits when it comes to friends and families. She's stubbornly loyal, which is a good thing in the right circumstances and a very bad trait in others. On top of that, she doesn't mind calling in a few favors now and then. Her unfailing loyalty means that she expects the same behavior from those around her, even if it's not the right thing to do.

We could already see her start to use her relationship with David to get him on her side for this case. It's really destructive and it could damage their relationship, especially at this early stage.

Luckily David didn't agree with her plan to attack the newspaper for its advertising and he didn't let himself be pressured into taking up her cause. He responded reasonably to her concerns and managed to keep their personal life out of their work without hurting her feelings. David definitely seems mature enough to have a strong and lasting relationship with Olivia.

Do you think they have a future together?

David eventually caved on the issue of the Downtown Voice, but only because the magnitude of the killer's crimes made Olivia's point much more compelling. Or did it? Is David breaking his own rules for Benson and will he make this a habit?

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    Hunting Ground was ok, but it just lacked punch. Didn't like the intro. The Benson David romance means nothing to me. Benson's dating life should be a footnote in the SVU eps and not an entire storyline. What was the big deal with the Amaro shooting? It would be more gripping, if the hunter hit Benson a few times, then he came to her aid, but this was too dry.

    I get that this is a "ripped from the headlines" story, but that doesn't mean you can skip out on the story. Munch (back in the old svu days) would have a field day arguing politics with the Downtown Voice editor. But the witiness is gone. Finn and his sly, cool lines are gone. Not sure how happy I am with seeing more David, less Cutter, Novack and Cabot. The three later ones have earned their time; David has not.

    I will never advocate for an actor's return (although you know who would definitely improve the quality of the show); the writing definitely needs work. SVU has simply lost their edge.

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    A little too much home life for my taste. The great feature of all the L&O shows was that we didn't spend too much time wallowing in personal angst. Too bad Harry Connick Jr. is such a wooden actor. The relationship might be more believable.

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    I wonder if Ice-T was having Gary Busey/Surviving the Game flashbacks.

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    thetowers r gone just like elliot is gone!!the show has lost its "thing" the
    new characters r nice but dont cut it. I miss elliot dont u?iwould love to hear from u.can i stay in touch.....thanks,

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    I don't see ANY chemistry between Olivia and David either. There was more 'sex appeal' between her and Stabler. While I am completely disappointed in Elliot's quick disappearance I still watch the show ... albeit half heartedly. I don't like the blonde from Georgia - Rollins. She brings nothing to the show. Bring Munch and Finn up from the back burner, get rid of Rollins and PAY Christopher Meloni to come back ... sans shirt please.

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    Also, I love it that Amaro's police shooting and the repercussions thereof are mentioned, but everybody forgets that Rollins dropped a Russian mafiya boss in "Russian Brides".

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    I was always a big Stabler/Benson fan (although romantically, I could never see it happening only because of him being married). However, I am really enjoying the new detectives. I like Amaro and his background and home life. I had hoped he would tell his wife about the shooting, but I guess it makes sense that they would both try to shield the other from the dangers of their jobs. As far as Olivia's romance with the ADA, I like them together and was disappointed in Olivia for trying to get him to go after the Downtown Voice. It would have been different if they had done it on business time, in the offices or squad room, but not during a donut shop date. Hopefully he sticks around a little longer than initially determined.

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    Nope! When they took Elliot off the show I quit watching. You don't break up a team like Stabler and Benson. Sad too cause that was my favorite show of all times. Then when the Network pulls that they lose a lot of veiwer's. Guess I will have to make NCIS my favorite now. Sorry miss ya ice!

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    Im with Maka on that one. Connick seemed awkward in the romance department. Also, I didn't think anyone could fill Stabler's shoes, but Im developing a major crush on Amaro. He's grown up since Cold Case : )

    Terrie

    I think they are trying to make Amaro like Stabler(not going to happen in my book).........Although totally a justified shooting....did you see Olivia IMMEDIATELY jump to Amaro's defense??? ....just like she would have Stabler.....then Captain tells her......"It still has to be reviewed" ..........

    I can also see the anger and frustration building up in Amaro concerning his wife being overseas........Sure, he's proud of her and what she's doing but it just seems he doesn't like her being over there and is very unsettled about it......

    With Harry Connick Jr not being on the show permanently or as a reoccuring character I do see Olivia ruining their budding romance.......she's married to the job......I think this may happen as early as next week when Olivia's brother returns once again to reek havoc in Olivia's life......




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