Law and Order: SVU “Hunting Ground” Review


Law and Order: SVU managed to combine two “ripped from the headlines” stories into one this week with, “Hunting Ground,” the story of a crazy birdman who hunted his human victims through the woods in an elaborate game, only to rape them, kill them, and bury them on a beach.

This last part puzzled me. I know they claimed he did that so that he could keep his trophies close to him, but it does seem like a stretch to murder someone in a seriously remote area of the mountains, only to drive them 300 miles and bury them in loose sand on a public beach. Not that crazy killers have to make sense, but it does seem rather, for lack of a better term, derpy.

After the killer’s most recent victim managed to contact her mother during the hunt, SVU picked up the case and quickly uncovered eleven victims including, I swear, Rachel Berry from Glee. I don’t know if the girl in the picture was just a Lea Michele look-alike or if she loaned them her image, but she certainly wasn’t in the episode as by the time they found her body, she was too decomposed to be played by anything but a dummy. I was a little disappointed. It would have been a funny casting stunt.

For the second time in three weeks, Olivia wound up on the wrong end of a crazy dude’s gun. This woman gets taken hostage so many times, she should have a punch-card made up. Tenth gunpoint abduction gets her a gold watch or something. At least if Amaro hadn’t been there to dispose with the birdman, she would have gotten to sleep with the hot ADA before she went. Now that they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, will it survive? He’s already made it clear that he will not be doing any favors for her, or cutting her department any slack. I admire him for that, but will Olivia?

Amanda is doing well in gambling rehab, a nice continuity nod. Amaro’s wife was deployed again, and I’m sensing some strife between them, but that could just be due to having a relationship that exists thanks to Skype. He did not tell her about his first sanctioned kill, as she probably doesn’t tell him about any bodies she racks up in the line of duty. Should spouses share that stuff or are there some things that need to remain unspoken?

Again, there was very little lawyering this week, unless you count ADA Hottie holding a press conference. I continue to long for a good, old-fashioned split episode. Half law, half order. Give me a court case!!!

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!