“In the criminal justice entertainment system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The police who are saddled with gobs of expository dialogue, and the Crown Prosecutors who attempt to plug the plot holes in forty-six minutes or less.  These are their godawfully boring as hell stories.”

Many British TV series have been adapted/reimagined/sodomized for American television, but Law & Order: UK is supposedly the first time an American dramatic TV series has been adapted for British television.  The result is a mixed bag.  None of the episodes are wholly original; they’re directly adapting old Law & Order scripts and shoehorning the stories into the UK’s legal system.  The good thing is that they’re adapting some of the best stories Law & Order ever produced.  And it stars Apollo (Jamie Barber) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), who are both sheer joys to watch.  How could it possibly go wrong?

By somehow removing all sense of characterization, charisma, and chemistry between the leads.  That’s how.  And although handheld shakycams worked nicely for Battlestar Galactica, I really can’t stand the camera shaking when the cops are in the box questioning suspects.  And I’m seriously disappointed John Munch never showed up.

 

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