If you’re looking for details on what to expect during the Law & Order: Organized Crime season 2 premiere but don’t want to be spoiled, we’ve got the tea. Or, well…the coffee. Is that a hint? Absolutely. Does it give your friendly, neighborhood fangirl-slash-writer a perverse kind of pleasure to say everyone’s going to love coffee after “The Man with No Identity”? Uh, yeah. You could say that.
Speaking of perverse and pleasure…Seeing Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler, as Eddie Wagner is an experience. If the goal of Organized Crime 2×01 was to make any viewers with even the slightest tendency toward desiring the menfolk even more attracted to Zaddy Meloni than ever before, mission accomplished. Maybe his undercover identity’s nickname is “Ashes” because that’s basically where we’re all going to be after we spontaneously combust. (What a way to go, gang. What. A. Way. To. Go.)
Thirst trap (thank you to the TV gods) aside, here’s some food for thought before “The Man with No Identity” airs.
All that talk about “cinematic” on Marsha and Melons’ Instagram videos back and forth to one another definitely applies to Law & Order: Organized Crime‘s season premiere. Without the middle piece of the puzzle, it’s somewhat tricky to try to nail down how—or even if—it all fits together (aside from the even more blatantly obvious than ever). With that being said, this episode works completely on its own merits. It feels like the best kind of gritty action movie from start to finish and could absolutely be viewed as a standalone. Although, why would anyone only eat their Law & Order Thursday dessert without first consuming the tasty appetizer and (we’re just going to assume at this point) great dinner? The thought should be beyond the comprehension of anyone with taste.
While we’re on the subject of Thursday night and pairings for those of us with a discerning palate: Let’s all light our Benson and Stabler prayer candles for Elliot this season. Not only is the undercover work going to mean a fairly dangerous and scary balancing act, but…well. Let’s just say he can run for 10 years, or even for a few months…yet there are some things he is incapable of hiding.
One last fair warning: As seems to be the case with everything on NBC this season, Organized Crime 2×01 will leave you with the kind of ending that feels like it’s just the beginning and comes way, way too soon. It’s stressful in the best kind of way—as in, we just need to know what comes next.
In short, buckle up. We’ll see you on the other side of this wild ride and for every stop along the way.
Law & Order: Organized Crime season 2 premieres Thursday, September 23 at 10/9c on NBC.