Criminal Intent: Keeping it in the Class (and Race and Gender)

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 by BetaCandy

The latest episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent took on the Duke Lacrosse team rape case. When NBC was producing the show, this would have been a tricky premise for them to carry off (seeing as the real life case resembled a bad episode of of L&O). With the USA Network team, it proved […]


Law & Order: SVU - “Taken”

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 by BetaCandy

1Since I’ve criticized Law & Order: SVU without citing examples in the past166, I promised a while ago to watch an episode and write about it. Today I finally got around to doing that. I know this show can do better than the episode I saw today, so I’m not representing this as absolutely typical. […]


Troubling aspects of Law & Order

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 by BetaCandy

At this site, we usually stick to the topic of how women are being (mis)represented in film and TV, because that’s our chosen focus. We often reference in passing how other groups are being slighted, too, but we don’t talk about it in depth. I’m going to make an exception because I’ve had a lot […]


Wheeler’s got what I wanted for Carter

Thursday, June 7th, 2007 by BetaCandy

Long ago when I first started watching Stargate SG-1, I was under the impression Sam was a serious, competent female military officer who had a fascinating mentor-student relationship with Jack, her equally competent, if sometimes goofy, commanding officer. It was up to Jack to either pass onto her the skills men had passed onto one […]


Why does SVU beat the other L&O’s in ratings?

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 by BetaCandy

Naturally, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent are facing the possibility of cancellation while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has already been renewed. Fans have started a petition to keep Criminal Intent on the air, but Dick Wolf seems more concerned about the old series.
I’ll state my bias up front just […]


Law & Order: Criminal Intent - To the Bone

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 by BetaCandy

I’m scared of Whoopi Goldberg.
It’s only temporary. I’ve known she was a fine dramatic actor ever since The Color Purple, but she plays quite possibly the most chilling criminal in the entire Law & Order franchise in an episode called “To the Bone.” The episode also shows women relating to men in ways other than […]


The Kincaid Effect

Monday, April 9th, 2007 by BetaCandy

You’re watching a series. There’s a good female character in it that you enjoyed all last season. She made sense; she had flaws; she had strengths. She didn’t bang her male boss. They were true colleagues. It rocked.
Then the man who played the her boss left the show, and they brought in a new boss […]


Law & Order: Rodgers

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 by BetaCandy

She’s the medical examiner that’s been on all the Law & Order series since about 1992. She tolerates no bullshit. She rocks and I wish she had her own show.
The best snapshot I can give of Rodgers is from a November 2006 episode called “Blasters”. The cops have brought her the exhumed body […]


Why I hate L&O:SVU

Friday, February 23rd, 2007 by Purtek

Betacandy wrote a post last week praising an episode of Law & Order: CI, and within the comments I mentioned that I have deep misgivings about the Special Victims branch of the franchise, which focusses on (what else?) sex crimes.
It’s not so much that a show entirely about sexual violence (or violence with sexual elements) […]

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Law & Order: CI “Blind Spot”

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 by BetaCandy

A fairly recent episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent found a new use for female characters, and gave Eames a helluva chance to be her own hero. In this episode, a serial killer case had brought Goren back in […]


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