Law and Order: SVU - Influence (finale)
(S07E22) Well, here we are at the end of the seventh season of SVU and we delve into familiar territory; teenage sexual activity. We also focus one more time on Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) who has a good portion of screen time this episode (although A.D.A. Casey Novak (Diane Neal) has some decent screen time as well).
Folks, I'm sorry. I been hitting the wall with this show for the past few episodes, and actually the entire season. I've just felt that most of the focus has been on Benson and Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) this season in order to flesh out their characters a bit. As I've mentioned previously there hasn't been nearly as much of Detectives Munch (Richard Belzer) and Tutuola (Ice-T) this season. Heck, even Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) had some focus episodes in the past. No, this season has been about Stabler and Benson, whether together or solo, and I'm kind of burnt out. That may be the reason that I wasn't too impressed with the episode.
For a season finale I felt that this episode was a bit flat. It could have been the fact that they have touched on the subject of teen sex in the past, but it was probably also the whole premise: a girl lies about being raped in a private school bathroom after she gets off of her bipolar medications because a rock star told her to. According to the promo for this episode it was another 'Ripped from the headlines' topic, but I don't remember hearing about this.
I felt that the whole premise about the rock star's influence on the teenager just wasn't believable. Yes, I'm sure some of you will comment that this could happen, as teenagers in the midst of puberty can have their priorities messed up and come to decisions that an older person would never agree to. However, it just seemed like an excuse to fill out an episode. I also felt that the revelations by both rock star Derek Lord and A.D.A Casey weren't really surprises at all.
All in all, other than the episode "Raw", which involved a white supremacy conspiracy and guest-starred Marcia Gay Hayden, I had a hard time enjoying SVU this season. Hopefully some of the episodes where Detective Benson was supposed to pair up with Connie Nielsen (while Hargitay was on maternity leave) will charge me up next season. Plus, it looks like we'll have at least one Munch episode, which will guest star Jerry Lewis. So, we have something to look forward to in season eight.