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Law and Order - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Law and Order
Law and Order amuses me for hours on end. I can't think of any other show--even my favorite fandoms--that I can just leave on for four hours straight. They really have the knack of doing an anthology. No ongoing character melodramas (except for a couple of weak storylines that were abandoned when the producers remembered why they were doing what they were doing), but enough of a throughline to keep it familiar. Other than that, every new episode is a new story, starting fresh.

Now, if you watch it enough, you can pick up on the underlying ongoing stuff, but whether you do or not, any individual episode stands by itself. Sometimes, it "rips straight from the headlines" a little more than I'd like, but it usually handles its plots well, and gives me something to chew on with the puzzle.

I feel a bit...: listless listless

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chienar From: chienar Date: September 3rd, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny thing that. I left it running for hours when I was pregnant with Aidan... Now the child will stop whatever he is doing when he hears the opening credits music. (I have it on my computer, for emergency use *grins*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 3rd, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

(No further comment, really. Just got a laugh out of the idea.)
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: September 3rd, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never I got into "Law and Order"...at least I don't remember watching any "Law and Order". Maybe one of its spin-offs, though, but not the original.
From: leeflower Date: September 3rd, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Law and Order, mostly for just the reasons you've listed.

it's seriously one of my favorite shows. I never got into the spinnoffs at all, but as they say, "the original still remains the best."

The only time that the headlines-ripping REALLY upset me was their sniper episode. As someone who spent several weeks eating lunch in a different place than normal because the administrators were afraid of having us congregate by the large glass windows, who rode Conrad Johnson's bus once, who sat through a road blockage while the cops were checking every car on the interstate, and who had to walk past cafes and diners who were keeping their outdoor seating chained up and closed down for the protection of their customers, I think they needed to give it more time, and they needed to handle it better. But since they didn't live through it, I imagine they didn't really grasp how serious it was to those of us who did, and I can forgive them that.
lync From: lync Date: September 3rd, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Law&Order and every single thing you described about it is WHY I love it. Serials are good but I like seeing a different story with no apparent connection ... not building up to a big conclusion like in Angel or Buffy for example. I also find the underlying story interesting as well. I have seen almost all of the older episodes and most of the newer ones and haven't been two disappointed in that information. :)

Now I wish I had a Law&Order icon. *humph*
sophonax From: sophonax Date: September 3rd, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really miss that kind of show. Apparently "stand-alone" has now been equated with "less complex," and it's bloody hard to find a TV show (even a sitcom!) nowadays that doesn't require you to be caught up on years' worth of plotlines just to understand what's going on.

There's something satisfying about knowing something's over and done with in an hour, a problem has been solved, and something has *happened.*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 3rd, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
And yet, L&O is one of the longest-running shows on TV... you'd think they'd get the hint, eh?
From: peppa_minto Date: September 4th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love Law and Order, but personally, I prefer Law and Order: Criminal Intent. All three are good though. Do you watch CSI?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 4th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, not really. I only watch the original with any regularity. The legal stuff interests me a lot more than the crime scene stuff--I wait through the police section to get to the lawyers. The spin-offs seem more police-centered.
From: peppa_minto Date: September 5th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Well if you like the lawyering part, you should watch the new show, Boston Legal. Yeah, there are between character dramas, but the whole thing centers around Lawyers and it's always going back to the court room.
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