Wednesday, February 23, 2005

"Law and Order" followup

I just got done watching that "Law and Order" episode featuring an incident based on last November's hunting massacre in Sawyer County near my home town. While the situation in the episode was eerily similar to the Sawyer County killings, the episode focused more on the actions of another hunter who pursued the killer. There was no attempt to explain the motives for the killings in the episode, except for the suggestion that it might be a disagreement over a tree stand. Nor was there any racial aspect to the incident as depicted.

I guess I'm glad that "Law and Order" used the incident only as a backdrop to a different sort of story, but I can imagine that family members of those killed in Sawyer County would have found the depiction of the scene of the crime quie unsettling. I hope they didn't watch.

Though the episode set the murders in upstate New York, Door County, Wisconsin, was mentioned by one of the characters as a place where he used to go hunting.

I leave it to the gun experts to comment on the rifle shown in the episode -- which was called both an "automatic" and a "semi-automatic."

By the way, this is the first episode of "Law and Order" I've ever seen. Didn't care much for it. Is Sam Waterson's character always that annoying?


At 4:42 AM, Blogger Lara said...

I used to think Law & Order was really annoying as well. The first 3 episodes or so I really didn't like. It moves quickly and without real fluidity between scenes, the characters are abrasive, and it can really make you pissed off at the legal system.

That being said, at this point I think it's one of my favorite shows on TV. I'm not sure why... maybe that's because of the other options that are available (reality TV makes me want to gag), but I think I like it because you really get drawn in after awhile. Sometimes, if I'm home sick from work or just feeling like crashing on the couch, I'll watch a few episodes in a row on TNT.

I suppose it's not for everyone though. :)

At 10:56 AM, Blogger thane777 said...

I struggled to stay with this episode all the way through because of Sam Waterson's character. The wife wanted to see how it ended but I just wanted it to end.

After watching shows like "24" and "Lost" this show just doesn't hold my attention. I was a big fan of "The Practice" when James Spader joined and with the addition of William Shatner it got even better, so I am not averse to lawyer shows in general, I just want it to have characters that actually are interesting.



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