Law & Order: SVU has seen its share of bizarre cases, but this one took the cake!
Law & Order: SVU Season 20 Episode 10 featured two well-known guest stars who both suffered sexual abuse as children.
Although parts of "Alta Kockers" were moving, this was one of the sillier stories SVU has had, and that's a shame
Childhood sexual abuse leaves a lifetime of scars, and there are plenty of survivors coming forward now who weren't able to talk about it in the 1970s.
So SVU could have created a powerful story for its 2018 fall finale.
Instead, it focused on two old recluses who for some reason sniped at each other all the time. The brothers' adversarial relationship distracted from the story, especially since it wasn't clear when and how they had had a falling out.
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I was also disturbed by the circumstances under which the cops met Joe and Ben.
Carisi: Any signs of rape?
Carisi: So what are we doing here?
Benson: She isn't a she, at least not physically. We may be looking at a hate crime.
Permalink: She isn't a she, at least not physically. We may be looking at a hate crime. Added: November 29, 2018 Benson correctly pegged the murder of the prostitute filling in for the author of Bobbi's book as a hate crime. Her murderer killed her because he believed her to be male, or at least male-assigned at birth.
View Slideshow: 13 Shows That Handled Sensitive Topics Gracefully Most of the time, SVU is sensitive to these kinds of issues and wouldn't gloss over the murder of a gender-nonconforming individual. But in this case, it was a plot point to get us to meet the old men.
The dead girl's murderer was quickly caught and his case dispensed of off-screen, while Benson mentioned that the hate crime charge would probably get dropped and the killer would plead to manslaughter.
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I know these kinds of deals often happen in the real world, and if that had been the result after Benson tried to convince Stone this was a hate crime, that would have been an emotional story in its own right.
But it bothered me for this to be a mere plot point, especially since it aired about a week after Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a day dedicated to the memories of people murdered for similar reasons to why Tammy got killed.
SVU can do better than that and has in the past. It was disappointing.
I enjoyed both Wallace Shawn and Judd Hirsch's performances, though.
On one level, their banter seemed to be comic, and I wasn't sure why these two old men were being portrayed as being clueless and stuck in the thought patterns of an earlier era.
But on another, it seemed like this was a story of two old men who were stuck in the distant past -- and once the reason for that became clear, it was tragic.
Brother #1: Wha..