Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) Echo Park

LAW AND ORDER: LOS ANGELES “Echo Park” Season 1 Episode 6 -The debut season for LAW AND ORDER: LOS ANGELES continued with the second episode “Echo Park”. Detective Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) begin investigating the murder of “Baby” Jane Lee Rayburn, a former cult member recently released from prison.

They are eventually led to Maura Dillon, Jane’s former cellmate. Maura accuses Winters wife Casey, who she recognizes from a photo on his desk, for framing her for arson. This ultimately ended with Maura in prison, and sharing a cell with “Baby” Jane, which apparently drove her over the deep end.

Let me pause here and say this: really? “Baby Jane”? Really? It’s been done.

I’m trying to give this series a fair chance considering that it’s only the second episode and because the other Law and Order franchises are awesome. I say that meaning all of them except Trial by Jury, which I got bored with in the first 3 episodes. Riddle me with scorn if you must, but that series was BORING.

Law and Order: Los Angeles has potential. Terrence Howard debuted his character DDA Jonah Dekker, and breathed some life into the stale acting that we’d seen up to that point.

Truthfully, I’m not sure if it’s the acting or the clunky writing that’s making these people seem like bad actors, but something just wasn’t working in “Echo Park” this week.

We did get to see a glimpse into Winters’ personal life, which I can appreciate, but even that seemed a little forced and poorly executed.

The guest stars once again stole the show for me. Casey (Teri Polo) was a character that you could relate with, and who I bought as a cop turned mother.

Michael Masse plays another creepy, CREEPY character in cult leader Dennis Watson. I think I have yet to see Massee play a character that isn’t completely insane, but hey, he does it well.

I feel that this episode was… somewhat better than the series premiere, so there IS progress. We’ll just have to wait and see if Law and Order: Los Angeles can reach the level that it’s predecessors did.

What say you? I’m curious for your opinions!