Convoluted Stories - Hasn't Worked
SVU has mostly stayed away from convoluted stories meant to showcase guest stars rather than tell a compelling tale, but Law & Order: SVUSeason 20 Episode 10 ("Alta Kockers") was an exception. Judd Hirsch and Wallace Shawn were great guest stars, but their story was convoluted and confusing. Hopefully there will be no more of this.
Self-Destructive Stone - Worked
Stone began Law & Order: SVU Season 20 by self-destructing after his sister's death. His alcohol overuse and tendency to get sexual while drunk provided a sharp contrast to his no-nonsense business persona and it was fascinating to guess when and how he was going to crash and burn. Will the false accusation of rape while blacked out drunk be enough to stop him? Or will viewers be treated to Stone's efforts to rebuild now that he has hit bottom? Either way this is a fantastic character arc we want to see more of!
LGTBQ Issues - Worked
Law & Order: SVU has always been on the forefront of LGBTQ issues. That's why the use of a hate crime against a transgender person as a plot point in Law & Order: SVU Season 20 Episode 10 ("Alta Kockers") was so disappointing. Let's hope there's a return to serious treatment of these issues!
Positive Depictions of Mental Health Issues - Worked
Mental health issues aren't always depicted realistically on TV. Kudos to Law & Order: SVU for bucking the trend and showing sufferers to be more likely to be crime victims than perpetrators and for its sensitive treatment of a girl with a dissociative disorder in Law & Order: SVU: Season 20 Episode 5 ("Exile").
Two Hour Tragedies - Worked
SVU's two-hour season premiere punched viewers in the gut over and over. Benson's inability to get through to a mother in denial was heartwrenching enough, but then things turned tragic when the child Benson was trying to protect took a gun to school. It was as unpredictable as it was sad. Let's hope for at least one more two hour tragedy during Law & Order: SVU Season 20!
Political Issues - Worked
Law & Order: SVU knows how to write a political story without being preachy. Sometimes the SVU team is right and sometimes they're wrong, but their attempts to fight for what they believe in are always fascinating. For example, Benson's attempt to charge a federal agent with kidnapping when he sought to take a young girl to an immigration detention camp in SVU Season 20 Episode 3 ("Zero Tolerance") was an over-the-top solution doomed to failure, but it still made for compelling TV. More please!