Meg M., our resident TV show reviewer, is discussing episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles right here at Luxury Reading!
Written by Meg M.
If you’ve tuned in to Law & Order: Los Angeles the last two weeks, you may have noticed something a little strange. Detective Winters is back, but it’s not what it seems.
Though the series has been cancelled and will officially end this month, NBC is airing episodes that were filmed previous to the change-up of the series, where Skeet Ulrich exited, and actor Alfred Molina stepped into his place as a detective.
While the last two episodes have, in my opinion, felt disjointed after viewing the death of Detective Winters, it was nice to see him and his chemistry with Detective Jaruszalski again. I missed the ease of their conversations, the jokes that often found a way into their investigations. In last week’s episode, the detectives investigated the murder of a woman whose boyfriend was immediately suspected. But when they discovered him dead too, the case took a dramatic turn. And in the previous episode, the detectives looked into the death of a man who had been tortured in his bathtub.
I have been a fan of the series since the beginning. I liked the fresh characters and the new crime scenes that often times felt all too familiar, as they reflected real-life Hollywood tragedies. And even though I was open to the changes that took place midway through the first season, I found myself missing the original characters that had departed. While the writers gave a plausible explanation for Morales’ return to the other side of the law as a detective, the relationship between him and Detective Jaruszalski lacked the ease of that between Jaruszalski and Winters. And Jaruszalski’s quest to find justice for his partner, a storyline that really could have gone somewhere, was repeatedly pushed to the side. What’s even more disappointing is that the series featured some truly fantastic actors who could have made it great if the show hadn’t received such a dramatic change-up so early on.
What are your thoughts? Have you been tuning in to Law & Order: Los Angeles? Or did you call it quits when the series was cancelled? Episodes will continue to air on Mondays at 10 pm until the end of June.
Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.