‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ 3×21 Review: “Shadowërk”

Law & Order: Organized Crime 3x21 Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)
Comments (4)
  1. Jennifer Hancock says:

    I’m a creative writing prof new to review sites—you nailed it. Great workshop of some shoddy writing! Might use it in class. Jen

    1. Shana says:

      Thank you so much! I hate not being able to just have fun with the moments — which I sort of still do after going through all the reasons why I shouldn’t and getting them officially submitted, I guess — but there are just a lot of holes that, unfortunately, make it difficult to just go with it.

  2. Alli says:

    Great analysis! I’m just sad for Liv. She doesn’t get to be happy—ever? It is just getting so sad! And. You are spot on about viewers watching just to see Hargitay and Meloni on screen together. They’re so good together—such missed opportunities this season. It’s more about seeing their great acting and chemistry rather than about seeing EO at this point. Seriously, what else does Liv have to go through to get happiness?

    1. Shana says:

      Thank you!

      The worst thing, which probably isn’t clear when I get *really* mad and go off like this, is that I *want* so desperately for it to be good and actually enjoyed the scenes themselves…just not where they all on a macro level. Based on the promo, Liv’s going to have to go through at least one more awful thing before getting to happiness, which is just so unbelievably frustrating for me at this point.

      Obviously, plans don’t always work out. And obviously, there are a ton of different moving parts — including, until very recently, different people having to coordinate between the two shows. But, with that being said, I’m just incredibly disappointed and frustrated that, instead of what sounded like a phenomenal plan to work on healing Liv this season as was discussed in pre-season interviews with bigger outlets and in unofficial channels on social media, has just been the opposite. At this point, I will be elated if something *big* happens in terms of EO progress in the finale(s), but I’m always going to feel cheated by the journey/the how, even if I love the destination/the what. That’s just…as a fan, who has watched all these years and even dedicated a disgusting number of hours to the review side of things, it doesn’t feel great.

      With all of *that* being said, there is something so beautiful about what Meloni and Hargitay give us, week after week, both together (the best!) and apart. EO was only ever a thing in viewers’ imaginations because of what they bring to the table, so it’s almost fitting that they’re the main driving force keeping some of us coming back. Others seem to love the way things are going, or at least the way this particular episode went. I’d never begrudge them that and really, truly wish I could see it the same way. Unfortunately, that’s not to be.

      That…probably went way beyond speaking to what was in your comment. Apologies if you’ve made it this far through the additional rambling.

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