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Law & Order: SVU Season 21 Finale Digs Into the #MeToo Movement

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Sir Tobias Moore, an Englishmen with curly gray hair and a face that’s mostly teeth is the focus of the 21st season finale of Law & Order: SVU.

We were initially introduced to this Weinstein figure in Season 21 Episode 1 “I’m Going to Make You a Star,” where his habit of assaulting aspiring actresses was displayed. The connections he had with authorities only deepened as the investigation continued. Tapes of women who auditioned for him were voluntarily handed over by DA and former Judge, Alana Barth.

He evaded authorities at every turn until SVU sent in an undercover, (Kat from Vice) he attacked her and they arrested him. Knowing they still had to make a case he remarked to Detective Benson while in handcuffs, “there’s nothing as funny as watching a beautiful woman make the biggest mistake of her life.” Victim Gemma Brooks quickly turned around and made an announcement that what happened between Sir Toby and herself was a consensual affair.

Soon after she hopped a plane to New Zealand to direct a film for Moore’s company Picflix. Fortunately, that video announcement alerted DA Carisi to the updated furnishings in Sir Toby’s office. Footage was found of his assistant replacing the casting couch.

Law and Order Season 21 Finale Review

Ian McShane as Sir Tobias “Toby” Moore — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

We see the producer again in Season 21 Episode 21 “The Things We Have To Lose.” His trial was delayed for a year.

“Men’s reputations can be destroyed overnight, how many innocent men have been convicted in the name of the Me Too Movement?,” asked his female DA on the courthouse steps.

When Moore failed to show up in court due to a “worsening heart condition,” Carisi claimed this is another delay and obfuscation. One victim is stressed and terrified while another was branded promiscuous by the tabloids.  Benson said to DA Barth, “what do you need Alana because whatever Sir Toby is paying you, it’s not worth it.”

Finally, the trial is ready to begin but again, Sir Toby is absent. Carisi pushed the limits of the law saying, “your clients afraid to have the women he raped confront him in open court.” Despite Benson’s determination that has lasted decades on SVU, it seemed there was no justice to be served. Later, Detective Rollins sauntered by Carisi’s office to see if he’d like to go for a drink, further extending the ‘will they won’t they’ vibes carried throughout the seasons between them.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC, Peter Scanavino as Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Joelle and young son André who we met in Season 21 Episode 5 “At Midnight in Manhattan” when her soon to be ex-husband, beat her while their 7-year-old watched prompting him to call 911.

It ended with Leon in jail. Episode 21 tells us that he’s been recently paroled. Joelle is under the impression that he was sentenced to a year but Detective Tutuola clarified it’s 6 months in and 6 months out, served with probation, and the order of protection still in place. Leon started showing up anyway. Tutuola is concerned for their safety. He gave André a phone for emergencies. The next time we see them Leon is holding Joelle hostage at knifepoint while the detective tried to calm him. “He’s my boy, not yours,” Fuller threatened, nostrils flared. Tutuola insists, “your son loves you that’s all he ever talks about.” André rushed to his father despite the warnings not to. Leon freed Joelle, now holding his son hostage.

Leon made a move and Tutuola fired his gun. André is left crying over his father’s body. Benson met Tutuola at the scene afterward and he told her, “the boy saw his father get shot. No child should ever see that.” Despite his best efforts to protect, effective yet tragic, Joelle sued Tutuola for wrongful death. Episode 5 ends with Deputy Chief Dodds stepping down and making Detective Olivia Benson, Captain.

Lakira, a transgender woman also introduced in Episode 5 reappears in the finale. She was assaulted with a flashlight by Paul Davies, a man Lakira referred to as “a blue-eyed vulture” he paid her off so she would not testify against him. Lakira didn’t see this as a loss but instead, “turning vultures into angels,” she twirled in the light of the setting sun on the pier, happy to have enough money for a place to stay. It’s not until Episode 21 that her tone changes. The lawyer from Westchester strikes again, assaulting another sex worker so brutally she had to be put into a medically induced coma.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “The Things We Have to Lose” Episode 21020 — Pictured: (l-r) Gisela Chipe as Ramona Diaz, Peter Scanavino as Detective Sonny Carisi — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

Lakira blamed herself. If she hadn’t been too afraid to testify after her own assault, “he’d be in jail. Dakota would be alive.” As expected, Davies pleaded not guilty but his bail was denied and DA Carisi felt optimistic. “So they believe us?” Lakira asked.

“The Things We Have To Lose” ends with the same song heard at the beginning, the haunting chorus of ‘Holy Water’ by Freya Ridings.

The episode wasn’t the intended finale and was actually supposed to usher in the return of Stabler after almost a decade of the character being of the show. Stabler’s time-away seems to have done well for him as his character scored his own spinoff on NBC with a 13-episode order. 

It remains unclear if he will return in Law & Order: SVU Season 22 or how his story-arc will be reframed to lead into the aforementioned spinoff. 


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Doom Patrol Review – Baby Doll’s Day Out (2 x 05)

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Cliff tries to play hero with Cyborg this week but things take unexpected turns.

Niles urges Jane’s Baby Doll persona to have some playtime with Dorothy, Rita goes with Larry to visit his son, while Cliff and Victor go on a heroic misadventure.

Doom Patrol always hints at cleverly hidden layers or two with its episode titles and in the latest installment, “Finger Patrol,” there are a few ways that fingers come into play.

First, someone “gives the finger” (obscene gesture) that results in grave consequences, then there’s the sexual act when the appendage may or may not have been used, and finally, someone actually loses a finger – completely severed and blood-gushing from hand type situation. Also, there was finger food involved.

‘Steele and Stone’: Buddy Cops

Still from Cliff’s dream sequence in “Finger Patrol” episode of DOOM PATROL Season 2.

 

After Niles gives Cliff, what he calls “false hope,” about regaining his sense of touch via future upgrades. Cliff approaches Vic to convince Silas Stone, Vic’s father, to take on the challenge and possibly speed-up the process, but Silas refuses – citing ethical dilemmas and risks in achieving the task.

Cliff remains grateful for the gesture, however, and tries to return the favor to Vic by assisting him with his relationship problem with Roni. Because of Cliff’s failed experiences in his own past love life, he gives Vic surprisingly good advice that actually works! Even though Cliff sacrifices a perfectly good submarine sandwich to make his point.

The highlight of their pairing in this episode though happens when Cliff is left alone with his thoughts as Vic goes off to woo Roni.

While waiting in Vic’s car, Cliff imagines a 1980’s style buddy cop comedy show he coins “Steele and Stone” (referencing his and Vic’s last names) where the two of them are shown in classic buddy cop tropes during a montage of hilarious action scenes. At one point, Niles even makes a cameo as the “police chief,” whom the duo ignore.

After this dream sequence, he sees two guys attempting to steal a nearby car. Still pumped from the imaginary heroism in his mind, he gets overzealous on the two suspects and accidentally severs a finger on one of the thieves’ hands by closing the door of the nearly stolen car with excessive force as they attempted to escape.

Then for some odd reason, Cliff decides to pick up the severed, bloody finger and puts in his pocket. What he’ll do with it remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Vic and Roni reconcile and make love again.

The redundant double beat of having two robot superheroes in the show has been a point of ridicule by some fans, and the show ingeniously addresses this by embracing the pairing instead of side-stepping the issue. Thus far, it has yielded some hilariously entertaining scenes as well as some deeply heartfelt camaraderie and understanding between the two characters.

This episode is no exception as Cliff and Vic exude genuine charming chemistry because they act as foils to one another.

Larry and Rita Revisited

Larry and Rita in “Finger Patrol.” c/o comicbook.com, all rights reserved/ DOOM PATROL / DC Universe.

 

Arguably two of the most damaged members of the Doom Patrol are incidentally the most captivating character studies in the series. Larry and Rita’s friendship stands above all others because theirs is a bond genuinely forged over a long period of time. Essentially, an epitomized form of platonic love and respect. This episode dives deep into each of their deep-seated traumas and culminates into both literal and metaphorical escapes from being trapped by a loved one’s betrayal.

For Rita, after discovering a memory from the previous episode where her mother exchanged sexual favors to talent agents, so Rita can get gigs as a child actress haunt her during this episode when she tries to land an audition. The memory flashed into her mind in the middle of a monologue, which causes her to freeze and shakes her confidence. She overcomes her doubts eventually when she saves Larry’s great-grandson from gunfire that would have killed the child and comes to terms with the actions of her mother, which she rationalizes as simply her twisted way of protecting her and ensuring she does well in life.

For Larry, the emotional pain he caused his family, particularly toward his late son and wife reared its ugly head through the wrath of his youngest son. After getting invited by his son back to the farm and having their cathartic father-son moment, and finally even admitting to his family about his struggles as a closet homosexual.

In spite of all the supposed emotional healing, however, Larry’s son betrays him by giving him up to the government. Despite this, Larry escapes with Rita thanks to the Negative Spirit, but not without the cost of Larry’s grandson’s life, who now leaves behind his own son. The ironic twist bears its full weight on Larry’s son as he has effectively done to his own grandson what Larry did to him – forced to grow up without a father.

While certainly not the most exciting pairing in the episode, Rita and Larry’s somber experiences lay new groundwork for future narratives to explore in each character.

Dorothy and Baby Doll’s Playtime Ends Tragically

Jane / Baby Doll and Dorothy have a tumultuous day together in the “Finger Patrol” episode. Images c/o DC Universe.

 

While the episode begins with Baby Doll and Dorothy essentially discovering they’re each other’s new “BFF,” their initially wholesome and jovial playtime escalates into a dark quarrel between two immature super-powered beings who end up severely damaging each other in their petty attempts to prove their superiority.

Niles’ good-hearted and well-meaning intentions to provide childhood-like companionship to both Baby Doll and Dorothy, which both of them missed out on, essentially backfires and has likely caused more harm than good.

Baby Doll, a powerful telekinetic, and Dorothy, whose powers are only limited by her imagination, is sure to be a dangerous combination when pitted against one another. Which this episode, sure enough, proved to be exactly the case.

Which is a shame because they seemed to be just what each other needed in terms of emotional security blankets.

In the end, Baby Doll kills Dorothy’s first and oldest imaginary friend, which prompts Dorothy to summon the Candlemaker, her all-powerful imaginary friend, who retaliates by entering Jane’s mind and killing the Baby Doll persona in The Underground.

The aftermath of their battle serves as the cliffhanger for the next episode, and the consequences could mean difficult times ahead for the Doom Patrol!

VERDICT: 9.0/10.0


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The Bold Type Review – [Spoiler] Breaks Up (4×15)

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The Bold Type Love Review

The ladies of The Bold Type found themselves navigating the various exciting and/or complicated stages of love that propelled their relationships in new directions — some for the better and some for the worst. 

The episode strayed from the usual format focusing individually on Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, and Sutton’s relationships, which was necessary for the big reveal towards the end as it provided a resolution to the Sutton and Richard baby drama. 

Richard and Sutton fell under the “unconditional love” because that unconditional love has carried them through some really tough times and got to where they are today. 

But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. 

If you’ve been paying attention to their romance of the years, the outcome wasn’t entirely shocking, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless and will allow Meaghann Fahy to explore the most vulnerable and emotional parts of her character. She’s been doing such a great job with bringing the feels and delivering those gut-punching scenes that I have no doubt she’ll follow through in whatever the writers throw her way.

Though, admittedly, I’m not a fan of the dissolution of Richard and Sutton. It makes sense following their self-discovery, but it’s not a storyline I wanted to pursue as a fan of the couple who has overcome all odds. 

I was hoping we’d get to see them navigate the age difference with Sutton learning to prioritize her career and her marriage while her friends were still in the “discovery” phase. Finding your heart’s desire is a blessing but it can also be a curse when it happens so young and you don’t have anyone your age that you can relate to. Sutton was setting a great example. 

It would have also allowed Sutton’s character not to repeat her mother’s mistakes by being a good and loving mom to her future children. Through her relationship with Carly, we know Sutton has what it takes to be a great mother.

However, once the writers made the choice that Sutton knew she didn’t want kids, they had to go with it without hesitation. 

Richard and Sutton moved mountains to be together, but sadly, disagreeing on wanting children is not something they could get over, push aside, or ignore. As much as it pains me to see them go their separate ways, there wasn’t any other way this could have resolved itself that wouldn’t end up in some form of resentment from both parties. 

While you usually want to talk about children prior to the wedding, it wasn’t either of their faults because they weren’t being honest with themselves or each other. They wanted things to work so badly, but it’s like putting a square puzzle piece into a circle. No matter how hard you try, it doesn’t fit. 

They love each other so much that Richard knew letting Sutton go was the right thing in the long run no matter how much it hurts now. 

However, this also brought up some interesting points about how Richard was always bending to please Sutton. Will she still like her life now when he’s not in it?

While Sutton has made some sacrifices for Richard, I’ll agree that for the most part, he’s been the one giving things up to make her happy. And I’m glad that it didn’t happen this time. Richard drew the line because he wanted a family more. 

In a way, it almost seemed like Sutton thought he would once again concede and put her desires first — she seemed sure of it, and when that wasn’t the case, the gravity and reality of the situation caved in on her. 

The Bold Type would’ve been sending the wrong message had one of them compromised on such a major decision. And hopefully, they don’t bring them together again with one of them changing their minds because that’s unrealistic. They were both confident in their choices and again, while I wasn’t pleased with where the narrative was heading, I respected that they stood firm in their wants and beliefs. Sutton and Richard are both headstrong, independent who never waver in what they want. The only way this storyline holds its power is if they stay broken up. 

Kat and Jane both fell under the umbrella of “forbidden love” because their romantic interests aren’t exactly 100% kosher in the workplace or in society. 

Last week’s episode of The Bold Type revealed Kat had the hots for Ava, the super conservative daughter of the former Scarlet head honcho, RJ Safford, that cost Kat her job after she exposed him.

I’ll be blunt that I’m not into this relationship at all. I don’t think Ava has good intentions, and I don’t think Kat, who risked her career to out his stance on conversion therapy, would willingly fall into his daughter’s arms. It doesn’t stay true to her character — a character who doesn’t conform to be comfortable, who stands up for her beliefs, and who aims to use her voice for better.

There’s finding common ground with Ava, and then there’s bypassing everything you stand for because you’ve got the hots for her. 

But for Kat’s sake, Ava was also feeling the vibes. 

After the successful launch of Kat’s podcast, the ladies let go of all that pent up chemistry and well, you know things are going to get complicated. The relationship doesn’t make much sense as the ladies butt heads on nearly every point, but since when does love follow any sort of logic? 

Jane’s relationship with Scott didn’t progress nearly as quickly as Kat’s with Ava, but after following a story together centered around a sexist workplace that fired and refused to hire attractive women out of a fear that they would be a liability for men who cannot control themselves amid the “Me Too” movement, Scott took the opportunity to shoot his shot. It was an odd moment to lay out his feelings, for sure, but he had a fair point about the difficulties of working with someone you’re attracted to. 

We know Jane felt the same way despite it making things complicated because she’s his boss. I’ll be the one to point out that workplaces romances very rarely end well and things are bound to get awkward, but at least Scott proved to be respectful because he made it clear he wouldn’t pursue Jane if she wasn’t into it. He obviously differs a great deal from the men in their expose. 

Jane didn’t need to leave him hangings as she clearly reciprocates his feelings, but she was also surprised by his boldness and transparency. The moment caught her off guard, and she was saved by the bell thanks to an emergency call from Sutton. 

At the end of the day, relationships come and go, but friendship is forever. The Bold Type has made that their mission statement and this drove that point home tenfold. Friendship trumps everything including relationships that are in the heat of the moment. 

Sutton sent up the bat signal and her girls answered! And it’s a good thing because there’s never been a moment that Sutton needed the ladies more. 

The episode would have done well by just focusing on the three ladies, but in excelled by incorporating Jacqueline’s romance. She’s been going to therapy with Ian to get their marriage back on track, so they fittingly fell under the umbrella of “rekindled love.”

The first step is wanting to make things better in a relationship, the second step is to actively make those changes. Ian and Jacqueline attempted by playing tennis together, but Ian eventually snapped and called her out for undermining him and always needing to be right. 

Jacqueline’s pride got in the way, again, and she rejected the notion that her behavior was dismissive, but after chatting with Richard about his drama with Sutton, she realized she was always shutting down anything Ian said because she was afraid of being vulnerable and hurt again. 

If there’s anything to take away from Sutton and Richard’s relationship its the importance of listening to your significant other and taking their thoughts and ideas into consideration. 

The fifth love story focused on Alex and Alicia in the “complicated love” phase. He wanted to respect her boundaries and the fact that she was an independent woman, so he didn’t intervene when some guy was hitting on her at the bar, but he realized, she needed it.

Love can be complicated at times, but you always have to follow your gut. It was a minor love story, and I have to say, it wasn’t Alex that shined in the scene, it was Andrew in drag!

The Bold Type explored love in all its different stages before honing in on the very idea that friendship is forever and the only constant. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you happy or sad about Richard and Sutton? 

Do you like Ava and Kat’s relationship? And do you think Jane should pursue something serious with Scott or is she crossing a line?


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Doom Patrol Review – ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ Sex Busters? (2×04)

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Rita (April Bowlby) and Flex Mentallo (Devan Long) almost cause an apocalyptic event in this week's episode, "Sex Patrol." / DOOM PATROL, 2020 All rights reserved c/o DC Universe

After a hide-and-seek game gone awry between Dorothy and her imaginary friends in the last episode, Danny the Street (or rather the brick that’s left of them) is accidentally broken in half.

The Doom Patrol along with the help of the Dannyzens throw a party to help heal Danny back to its old self, but Rita and Flex Mentallo accidentally summon a sinister sex demon, named Shadowy Mr. Evans, who nearly causes another apocalypse.

Good thing the SeX Men (a shockingly real comic-book team, by the way) are on watch and swoop in to help save the day.

If that doesn’t sound bizarre enough to get hooked, I don’t know what will.

Guest-starring the SeX-Men: Kiss (Michael Tourek) and Torture (Tracey Bonner) in their Ghost Busters-inspired costumes. c/o “Sex Patrol” / DOOM PATROL.

 

Despite the goofy and outrageous theme around sex in the episode, each character from the main cast has their moment to shine, which still gives viewers that signature heart within the chaos charm that Doom Patrol typically delivers.

The impetus that drives the narrative is the relationship between Niles and Dorothy – as she’s ridden with guilt at the beginning of the episode because she hurt her friend Danny.

When she’s exposed to the realities of being a 100-year old girl trapped in an 11-year old body, however, Dorothy begins to question the authority of not only her father Niles but also the nature of Danny shielding her from the world.

Her rebellious outbursts are met with empathy by Danny but prompt a firm authoritative albeit misguided reaction from Niles, and the hints of Dorothy’s powers potentially causing catastrophe is accented by her emotional reactions toward Niles, Danny, and the rest of her new friends.

She is equally innocent and a menacing threat at the same time, which is bad news especially to Niles.

In contrast, Dorothy shines in sweet and tender moments in this episode, particularly during shared scenes with Rita who puts lipstick on her for the first time, and Flex Mentallo who gives her confidence by gently urging her to help however she can in preparing for Danny’s party.

Though the most heartfelt scene she shares in the episode is definitely when Niles plays the piano to the tune of “Pure Imagination” by Gene Wilder as Dorothy sings to kickstart the party in front of everyone in attendance.

Cliff / Robotman provides comedic breath to the situation per usual but is still rooted in emotional distress.

After wallowing in despair from his disappointing visit with his daughter in Florida, Niles –surprisingly, of all people– inputs Cliff’s nutrient tank with methylenedioxymethamphetamine, AKA ecstacy, so he can get out of his depressed state and enjoy the party.

Cliff, sure enough, has the time of his life as he danced and hugged with friends and strangers alike through the night. In one hilarious scene, he even dances with the shadow of the sex demon that almost destroyed the world.

Meanwhile, Larry sort of takes a backseat in this episode as he reluctantly maneuvers his way to the party, wanting to participate at first, but ultimately isolating himself due to fear of being intimate, and accidentally killing someone. The way Larry awkwardly flirts at the party is something most people can relate to, and it’s easy to sympathize and root for him because of all he’s suffered in the name of love.

The same goes for Cyborg, who understandably, has an understated appearance in this episode as he has a heart to heart talk with Maura Lee Karupt regarding his encounter with Roni.

But then he becomes the undeserved target of Jane’s Scarlet Harlot persona flirting with him, then ditching him right away for the party.

Jane, in the meantime, shuffles from different personas throughout the episode as several of them seek to be the primary, but Jane seizes her spot again as her heroic side comes through to save the day.

 

The main crux of the episode, however, involves Rita and Flex Mentallo when they seclude themselves from the party.

Rita, seeing Flex’s proficient ability to control the muscles of his body at will, seeks advice in hopes of controlling her own powers.

Flex agrees and they have an impromptu training session in Rita’s room where she asks Flex to sexually stimulate her via a special muscle flex first seen in season 1 to comedic effect, so she can “empty her mind” during the exercise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r0pHXZDgJA

(Above YouTube video is the aforementioned scene during Season 1 Episode 14 “Penultimate Patrol.”)

 

It works, and Rita discovers a traumatic mental block that’s been limiting her self-control, and comes to terms with it.

The unfortunate side-effect soon becomes apparent though as Rita’s magnitude of sexual pleasure attracts Shadowy Mr. Evans who crashes the party and summons “sex ghosts” that haunt Doom Manor as he summons the vaguely defined “erotic apocalypse.”

The demon is thwarted with the appearance of the Ghostbuster-like team of the SeX Men – consisting of Kiss, Torture, and Cuddles (guest star Michael Shenefelt) – who clumsily assist the Doom Patrol in stopping Shadowy Mr. Evans.

The MVP award goes to Jane in the end, as she steps up in the last minute to literally shove an apocalypse-inducing baby back into the (uhmm) let’s just say… “nether regions” of the sex demon.

Capping off an episode that truly takes a wondrously perverted, yet somehow simultaneously heart-warming story.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

Though the team is accustomed to dealing with apocalyptic events at this point, this particular instance is quite bizarre yet humorous in tone. One never feels that the stakes are actually high, but the outrageous premise of the situation amidst a celebration of sexuality and LGBTQ undertones increases the overall appeal of this installment. It may be off-putting at times, but the topic of sex is never an easy one to handle, but Doom Patrol does a decent job at balancing crude humor within a story that tugs at the core of human struggles.


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