Fans of "Law and Order: SVU" have been through a rocky season hiatus. There were many changes made to the cast between Season 12 and Season 13, and fans were nervous about how they would affect the appeal of the show. The season premiere has come and gone, and now the fate of the series is in the hands of the viewers. These are a few reasons the season premiere was not up to par with the expectations of fans.
The subject of Stabler
It was announced months ago that Christopher Meloni would not be returning to the role of Detective Stabler. Throughout the episode, there were brief mentions of him. The writers waited until the last five minutes of the show to have Captain Cragen tell Benson that Stabler put in his papers. There was no just remembrance or any concrete mention of him. It felt like he was swept under the rug and was never given a second thought. Fans of his are sure to be disappointed with the way things ended.
Introduction of Kelli Giddish
The introduction of Giddish to the cast was not gradual at all. They tossed her in with a quick line to Captain Cragen and then she was part of the team. You could see there was tension between her and Benson for sure, especially regarding the case they were working on. The others seem to like her, but there will be some work needed on the female relationships on the show. The whole thing felt a little rushed, but it seems like Giddish is a good addition to the cast.
The storyline was bland
Usually for a season premiere fans expect something amazing to happen. This was a complete let down, especially since fans were interested in what the show would be like with all the changes. The storyline itself was bland and there wasn't much other excitement going on in the background. There definitely should have been something a little more gripping considering the Season 12 finale was "edge of your seat" writing.
There was much more expected from the Season 13 premiere than was delivered. If the network wants to keep the show going and the viewers happy, the writers need to step up their game. The boring storyline, bad introduction, and the dismissal of Meloni's character were like slapping the fans square in the face. If the rest of the season continues on like this, there may not be a Season 14.
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- Christopher Meloni