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14 December 2005 @ 07:40 am
Review, "Alien", 12/06/05  
To be filed under the heading Better Late Than Never, I give to you the long-awaited review of "Alien"!!

I told you I'd get done with it!  :D



Brought to you, live, from Nyquilville, it's DiNovia's SVU Review House Party!




Summary of Episode:

When a young boy with stab wounds to his spine is dumped in front of a local ER like a bag of dirty laundry, SVU detectives Munch, Stabler, Benson, and Benson's Hair are called upon to investigate.  The kid claims he doesn't know what happened or who attacked him while his parents insist a school bully must be responsible because their son was beaten the week before by an unknown assailant.  When questioned about that incident, the child insists he fell out of a tree.  Aware that they are SVU detectives and not tree surgeons, the squad decides to pursue the "school bully" angle.  Which leads us on a merry romp through the land of TV Stars of the Past!  See the principal of the school?  Naomi Oates Harper of "Mama's Family" sure cleans up well, doesn't she?  And is that Annie from "Caroline in the City" as lesbian co-parent Zoe Dunlop?  And hello Georgie Whitsig from "Sisters"!  A judge now?  How special for you! 

DiNovia's Content Commentary:

Aww!  No ambulance ride for Olivia this week either?  Poor thing.  Maybe she can get her weekly lollipop at the bank.

Hell of a way to find out that you'll never walk again.  "Mommy, Daddy, who are these strangers and why won't my legs work?"  You'd think either the parents would have explained that to him earlier or would have waited until later. 

Proving once again that children watch too much TV, Sean Hamill claims that the bruises he suffered at the hands of another child came from "falling out of a tree".  Thank god he didn't say he'd walked into a door otherwise his parents would have to wonder why their prepubescent son was watching so much Lifetime Television.

Oh look!  Milli Vanilli aka Millie Vizcarrando is back.  One of my Yahoo groups is wondering why we are seeing so much of the lovely CSI.  I wasn't too worried about it until I noticed that she's listed as Detective Vizcarrando on IMDB.com.  Hmmmmm...

So the fat bully claims his half-sister can vouch for him, they went to get ice cream.  Immediately, of course, our detectives assume the fat kid is lying.  The little girl's story seemed plausible and she said that Charlie did not ask her to lie.  Why then do our intrepid detectives decide she is lying for him?  They don't find out about the discrepency in times until much later.  And it's Millie Vanilli that finds the weapon used on Sean and determines that the fingerprints on the scissors are consistent with those left by an 8-year-old.  Boy, is she GOOD!  I probably would have said "consistent with those left by a person between the ages of 6 to 10", just to be on the safe side but Milli Vanilli, no, she nails the age!  I wonder how many 8-year-old perp's fingerprints she had to study to be so conclusive?

So Charlie is covering for Emma.  Awwww.   Moving on.

Who wrote this episode?  Lemme check on that.  ::insert hold muzak here::  AHA!  A man!  I absolutely fucking knew it!  Because there is no fucking way that a pair of LESBIAN PARENTS would sue a Catholic school to keep their bullied and abused daughter in that school.  NO FUCKING WAY.  What a ridiculous premise.  The Catholic hard line on the evils of homosexuality notwithstanding, there's the whole women will never be equal and can never be called to serve god as anything other than a Nun.  And let's not forget the guilt factor.  You are asking me to believe that two reasonable, intelligent lesbians kept their daughter in a Catholic school to prove a point?  It doesn't work.  No matter how much hair you cut off or how sick you make one of the mothers.  It just doesn't work.

Okay.  Was there a half-price special on gay subplots or something?  Lesbianism.  Same-sex parenting.  Religiously sanctioned homophobia.  The concept that rape can cure lesbianism.  Gay marriage.  Legal rights of gay and lesbian couples.  The concept that homosexuality is equal to pedophilia.  Custody battles between grandparents and the lesbian parent.  The concept that one person can turn another person gay.  Anti-gay rhetoric and bogus studies used by an attorney to further the anti-gay agenda of the religious right.  O_o  Quite a bit to jam in there, don't you think?  Lately, SVU eps have seemed like those trick peanut jars.  You know, the ones that when you open them, a spring-coiled snake thing explodes outward at you, startling you? 

AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE ILLNESS/DEATH OF THE BIRTH MOTHER!!  This is exactly why I no longer watch ER, why I no longer watch ANY network show that claims a regularly appearing lesbian couple.  One half of the couple ALWAYS LEAVES IN SOME SORT OF CATASTROPHIC MANNER!  It's as if there is absolutely no way any television writer can conceive a plot where two women make a regular home together, pay their bills, have arguments, and raise children without one of them facing an inquest for pedophilia, being arrested, or fucking DYING!  "Law & Order" mothership is rife with examples of lesbians who kill.  Can you think of a single episode of the mothership that dealt with lesbianism that portrayed the lesbian as a flat out innocent human being that was a victim of a crime?  I can't think of one.  The most notable "lesbian" on Criminal Intent is Bobby Goren's arch nemesis, who killed her lover and then switched back to men as if her sexuality is somehow interchangable, like a pair of socks.  On ER, Kim Legaspi left Kerry Weaver after the brouhaha surrounding an inquest into inappropriate conduct with a minor.  Then Kerry's partner, Sandy, the mother of their child, dies in the line of duty.  Name me one happy, healthy, adjusted lesbian couple from any network television show.  Just one!  If you're like me, the only one you can come up with is Ross's ex and her partner on Friends.  And as far as I know, they were only seen on the show twice.  Pathetic.  This episode is no less pathetic with Kate Boyd dying of lupus.

You know, I really appreciated Zoe's claim that since she had no recognized legal rights in the US as Kate's partner or Emma's mother that the detectives were wrong in questioning Emma in her presence alone.  That took guts.  But then she turned right around and tried to press her claim as a parent in the temporary custody hearing and I appreciated the judge's take that she can't have it both ways.  And this is the woman we think had the wherewithal to "prove a point" by suing the school to keep Emma IN?  Pardon me while I give you the patented Casey Novak Smirk of Yeah, Right.

Okay, so the original case that started this socio-cultural firestorm...you know, where Emma stabbed a kid in the spine with a pair of scissors?  It was resolved in this episode.  No, really.  It was.  Think back to when Olivia walked into a courtroom and spoke to some bland, faceless guy.  She was wearing one of those vibrant blue shirts that I love so much.  Which is the only reason I was paying attention at all.  But apparently she found logs of IM conversations between the parapalegic bully and Emma where he threatened her with rape and other "cures" for lesbianism on a regular basis, thereby establishing a clear history of violent harrassment by the "victim".  Emma got a deal.  Probation and counselling.  You probably missed the whole exchange.  It took all of 15 seconds.

I honestly do not know a single lesbian who would have thought taking pictures of a naked 8-year-old lying in bed with her would have been a GOOD IDEA, no matter what the supposed aim of the photographs.  Let alone one who would have had them LYING AROUND THE HOUSE FOR JUST ANYONE TO FIND.  Apparently, in IronboneLand, lesbians are disease-ridden idiots with no concept of reality and no understanding of the current climate for gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church, let alone in the world of law enforcement and jurisprudence.  Oh, my aching head!

DiNovia's Other Commentary:

10:26pm Casey Novak on screen!  And I was almost squeeful about her seemingly darker hair until dani_ellie pointed out that this was an episode taped months and months ago and put into the line-up here.  Which would explain the guest appearance of Remnants of Whore Hair.  Ugh.

So, of course, I had to commence with Plan B, and I wrote to the "Hair Gal" to express--as politely as possible--our growing dislike of Casey's blonde hair.  An excerpt of my letter follows:

However, there is one little criticism I have this season: I do not like her as a blonde.  It turns out, I'm afraid, that I am not alone in my assessment, either.  I have the distinct pleasure of being in touch with a handful or so of SVU fans on a weekly basis and for the most part, we all agree.  Ms. Neal and, by extension, Casey Novak looks better as a redhead.

Not just physically, though I admit that the red hair does complement Ms. Neal's lovely pallor more readily.  As a redhead, Casey Novak is distinguished in a very important way from both Alexandra Cabot and Liz Donnelly.  Those of us who are Casey Novak fans do not want her to look like Alex Cabot or Liz Donnelly.  We celebrate the character's differences and feel that making her a blonde has homogenized her.  Blondes are a common sight on television.  Redheads, however, stand out.

Besides, it is my understanding that Stephanie March will be reprising her role as Alexandra Cabot in Mr. Wolf's new offering "Conviction".  Ms. March makes an excellent blonde and Alex Cabot fans, I'm sure, will agree that color goes better with Ms. March's coloring and eyes.

So, until I receive a response or until I feel the need again, I will be dispensing with the strike through paragraph.  Trust me, it's probably only temporary.  ;)

Oh, and may I just say this?

QUACK, OLIVIA.  QUACK.
Stolen from deify_bd_wong.

For consistent and vocal gay advocacy in this episode and for such gems as "Same-sex parents raise children all the time!", Olivia Benson is hereby presented with her very own subtext lime:




There was also a bit of subtexty goodness from a C/O perspective and from a Casey perspective.  So another Subtext Lime for that: 

That poor kid!  In one 46 minute period she has suffered bullying, abuse, has committed a crime, has been arrested, has had her mother die, has had her grandparents sue for her custody, has had her remaining parent arrested, has been psychologically manipulated to accuse her mother of molestation, has had her grandparents arrested...  You know, most people don't have to deal with that much in one LIFETIME let alone in one hour. 

Oh, Casey Novak, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways...

I love thee for coming up with Unlawful Imprisonment with a Hate Crime rider as the crime for the grandparents.

I love thee for going after Mrs. Claus on the stand and discovering the complicity of her lawyer.

I love thee for saying "Privilege protects the client, not the attorney, Your Honor!"

I love thee for getting the attorney a judicial censure for a "serious breach of ethical conduct" and for forcing a mistrial!

And I love thee for having thy desk absolutely covered with relevant scientific, legal, and psychological studies to show to the grandparents to prove to them what idiots they are.

Huang, my love, I could watch you glare daggers at interfering homophobic grandparents and their idiotic opinions every day.  You are pure love.

Stabler, on the other hand...  Dear, you need to check those books out from Casey's Library of Relevant Sexuality Material and read them very closely.  The next time you automatically believe a lesbian is a pedophile with the crappiest and most conveniently ridiculous "evidence" available to man, I'm going to smack you in the head with a brick!  If I had a Hattori Hanzo sword, I'd spank you with it and send you home to your mother!  You asshole.

Okay..this episode didn't suck.  Much.  I was actually thrilled by the amount of subtext and the generally mature handling of what could have been a nightmare topic.  Also, because this epsiode was an older one and Casey wasn't as blonde, I don't have to subtract a Lime of Loveliness for Unhappy Blondeness.

So here is my rating:

DiNovia's Rating:



Twoodles, my darlings!

DiNovia

 
 
My State of Mind: relievedrelieved
What the Voices in My Head Hear: VAST
 
 
 
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 14th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
Aww, sweetie! I'm sorry you're sick! ::hugs::

The only thing that worries me about Milli Vizcarrando is that we've been seeing quite a bit of her. I'm afraid she's going to be used as a temporary fill-in for MH while she's out with the sweet baby and then she's going to be killed when MH returns to a full schedule.

That could just be my writer paranoia speaking, though.

Casey and Olivia were lovely in this ep. Both together and apart. ::happy sigh::
Shut up and smile: Karolinamorningafter2 on December 14th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
*Hugs back* I'm not upset about being sick. I'm pissed off. I'm missing way too much school, and as long as I'm sick, I can't go skiing. It's beginning to look like this will be a winter suckfest.

Re Millie: Oh, jeez. See, this is what I mean by not thinking about anything at ten at night. With some of the things they've done this season, it wouldn't surprise me. Just another step in the road to hell.