Law and Order: SVU “Official Story” Review


Wednesday night was not a good night for private military contractors. No sooner did I finish watching CSI try to take down a security firm, than another, equally corrupt one popped up on Law and Order: SVU. “Official Story” started off with a CEO getting a little Occupy payback, but ended with the NYPD taking down an entire company that thought they were above the law.

It’s not an unfamiliar story, which I think is what made it so compelling. A female employee in Iraq is gang-raped and the cover-up is so deep and so intense that it prompts her father to commit a crime just to bring it to someone’s attention. There was no way we weren’t going to be on the victim’s side.

It was also entirely possible that they might have gotten away with the crime, so it was utterly satisfying that SVU decided to take the super-happy ending route, rather than the more realistic road where the rich CEO and his flunkies get off scot-free.

We got to meet two people in this episode. Amara’s wife returned from Iraq just in time to pull some strings and provide them with the army doctor who performed the rape kit on the victim. She’s pretty and they’re in love and she’s heading back to Iraq….I don’t have high hopes for her survival.

And then there was Harry Connick, Jr. playing ADA David Haden. He earned points with Olivia for taking on a dangerous, seemingly impossible investigation, and he won points with us for making her smile and forget about Stabler for a few minutes. We will be seeing more of him in the future…and it seems like Olivia will be, too.

It was a good show, with an interesting, compelling case and an ending that appeased my liberal sensibilities.

What did you think? Let me know below!