Monday, August 15, 2011

What a rip (from the headlines)

We all knew it was coming and we all knew correctly.

This coming season of Law and Order: SVU will be airing an episode based on the (in)famous Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.

I've said before that SVU is one of the most messed up shows on TV today. Its one of those shows that manages to offend pretty much every walk of life. I can't wait to see how they sensationalize or bastardize this...


Tim said...

I hate the entire Law & Order franchise.

Truth be told, I don't like most law enforcement series. Not because it is not an interesting topic, but because the producers and directors of these shows always feel the need to neatly categorize all important characters into exactly three categories.

At first there are the always right and always righteous Good Guys. The heroes, the people who have absolute moral superiority and can do no wrong. They prosecute the Criminals, never even doubting their guilt, and are constantly celebrated as heroes and are even displayed as underdogs and mavericks if they have to go against regulations or break the law to, you know, do what must be done.

Category number two are the Criminals. They are often people of color and almost always male and the show makes it absolutely clear right from the beginning that this person is evil and criminal and needs to be condemned and punished with the full vigour of the law.

And of course, last but not least, the Victims. Especially SVU has a lot of sobbing and heartbreaking victims, whose only purpose seems to be to act as enabler of the rage and righteousness of the Good Guys towards the Criminals. A particulary problematic kind of Victim is the one that is actually a Criminal, but gets excused for his or her behaviour because something or someone made him or her do it.

Tim said...

Oh great, I forgot to log in.

Danny said...

Yeah crime dramas are just so formulaic.