Yeah so that’s probably my worst pun as of yet, but it stands true. After the end of Season 11, Christopher Meloni left SVU taking our favorite ex-marine, Detective character Elliot Stabler with him.
Now I for one was skeptical that the show could continue with its cult following after losing one of it’s main characters. Stabler was my favorite character on the show, Ex-Military, three kids, family issue’s yet he still finds the strength to go and deal with sex offenders, who are in my opinion the worst human beings in the world, everyday. Yes he has flaws, he’s been known to commit borderline police brutality, or even blatant brutality, but that doesn’t matter because I think every viewer understands.
However on New Year’s day when I was off from work, I had the pleasure of watching a Law and Order SVU marathon. Every episode was in the PS (Post-Stabler) Era. And I have to say, they didn’t miss a beat. Mariska Hargitay’s portrayal of Olivia Benson is just as astounding as it always was, and she’s even taken on a bigger role. Ice-T’s Detective Odafin Tutuola also seemed to take on a slightly larger role. But the biggest surprise to me was the addition of Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino.
Giddish plays Detective Amanda Rollins, Fin’s new partner. It seem’s Munch has been promoted to more of a supervisory role with his promotion to Sergeant in season 9. She’s a transfer detective from Atlanta who moved to NYC. Her character has some family issue’s but she’s a very anxious and active detective. Often getting ahead of herself against Cragen’s advice.
Pino plays Detective Nick Amaro, Olivia Benson’s new partner. He’s a transfer from the Narcotics unit in NYC. He’s married to a woman who’s deployed in Iraq. His father used to physically abuse his mother, and he has a huge distrust in relationships, which personally affects his marriage. He seems to have trouble adjusting to the kind’s of perp’s he’s dealing with, wanting to physically assault suspects but he’s able to control himself so that the arrest stands up.
Frankly the show still has its charm, its intrigue, and the classic SVU twists. I wish Stabler never left, but Dick Wolf found a way to make one of my favorite shows stay just as good as it used to be despite losing its main character.
~Written by JM