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LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Season 15 Premiere: ‘Surrender Benson’ Teases

September 25, 2013 by  

It’s always a tricky thing when a lead character is placed in serious (arguably grave) danger on television. Realistically, the danger is rarely as serious as the character thinks it is, because television viewers know that the actor/actress is signed on for more of the show.

So, I was very curious how LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT would play out their summer-long “Save Benson” (or #SaveBenson if you’re on Twitter) hiatus tease. At the end of last season, the perp of the week, Lewis, ambushed Olivia in her apartment. Logic dictated Olivia would survive whatever he put her through, but the question was how bad it would be. The promos and photos were absolutely terrifying; it would be bad to see any character like that, but Olivia Benson is someone SVU viewers have spent 14 seasons with. No matter what, it wouldn’t be pretty.

I don’t want to ruin the episode, but there are a few things I’d like to say about the hour before it airs (it’s the first part of a two-hour SVU block tonight on NBC), and then we can talk more specifics in tomorrow’s About Last Night, okay?

  • Olivia Benson has been put through a lot during her SVU run (and, clearly, it’s not like her life was sunshine and roses before she joined the unit), but it’s never been this bad. My goodness.
  • On that note, Mariska Hargitay (Olivia) has been asked to do a lot during her time on the series, but this without a doubt one of her best episodes. I’m genuinely curious as to whether it’ll lead to Hargitay getting another Emmy nod, but it airing so early in the season might not work in her favor.
  • The juxtaposition of Olivia/Lewis and everyone else is fascinatingly well done.
  • The specific person Olivia chooses to bring up at a vital moment during her time with Lewis is something I imagine will cause debate among fans for a while. (I was surprised by it.)

In the interest of not ruining the suspense, I probably shouldn’t say too much more. But I absolutely want to hear what you guys think about the episode when you watch tonight!

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT premieres tonight at 9 PM on NBC

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9 Responses to “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Season 15 Premiere: ‘Surrender Benson’ Teases”

  1. Lala on September 25th, 2013 5:49 pm

    911 was the 2nd ep of season 7 and she got a nom for that. Dont see how it would hurt her

  2. Marisa Roffman on September 25th, 2013 6:30 pm

    @Lala: That’s true, but she also had “Fault” which aired much later in the season (April), which I believe she also submitted…and I’d argue she was even better in “Fault” than “911.” It’d be hard for her to top “Surrender Benson” this season…it’s absolutely grueling and I don’t know if she/the show could/should.

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