LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES “Sylmar” Review

Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) Sylmar

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES “Sylmar” Season 1 Episode 4 – Well, I didn’t hate this week’s episode of LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES. “Sylmar” kept me engaged from the first scene, kept me guessing, and at a few points in the episode I was even surprised.

I don’t know about you, but this felt almost like a turning point to me for the series – like they had finally picked up the pace and stepped up Los Angeles to be a worthy installment of the Law & Order franchise.

While it is not up to par of SVU, CI, or the original Law & Order, “Sylmar” gave us all of the elements that we’re used to seeing in an episode of this court room drama.

We start out with what seems like a pretty open and shut case, a meth lab explosion that took the lives of two little kids; but the episode soon takes a MUCH more political turn, and we’re left with the military attempting to take the defendants from the state of California.

I had a hard time watching the opening scene when Kimberly Miller (Shannon Lucio) left her children in the car to “drop something off for a friend”. Seeing the kids playing in the backseat while I knew what was going to happen, made it pretty hard for me to not turn my head away from the TV.

Over all the episode was great, I loved the way Decker (Terrence Howard) didn’t allow the military to only try the defendants for treason; that he wanted to see someone pay for the murders of the two children.

I’d like to see more of Decker in the future, he and TJ still remain my favorite characters on the show.

I’m not too impressed with Skeet Ulrich’s performance. I don’t know if it’s me being far too critical, but he just seems to be forcing his way through scenes, and isn’t really overly engaging.

Since Law & Order: Los Angeles has been picked up for a full season, I’m happy to say that this weeks pros for “Sylmar” far outweigh the cons; I’m hoping that we can keep with this trend for the remainder of the season!

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