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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2020
  • Season 22
  • 16 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
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Episode 4: Sightless in a Savage Land

Summary

Carisi and Barba square off in an emotional courtroom battle, while the squad spends New Year's Eve tracking down an amber alert. Starring Peter Scanavino and Raul Esparza

Review

Tonight’s courtroom drama feels like it ought to come with a weigh-in and a pay-per-view contract as it’s the lawyerly equivalent of a prize fight. For the prosecution, we have tenacious series regular Sonny Carisi, but the defence attorney is a former SVU favourite, who’s back to teach his protégé a thing or two. Yes, it’s that much-missed master showman Rafael Barba, who certainly hasn’t lost any of his flair for the dramatic in the years he’s been away.

On trial is an armed services veteran with a purple heart, a titanium leg and PTSD who’s taken the law into his own hands with bloody consequences. Barba believes the jury will be on his side – but is his confidence misplaced?

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Languages
English
Formats
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Cast

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Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Dominick `Sonny" Carisi JrPeter Scanavino
Rafael BarbaRaul Esparza

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The fractures in America’s policing system are something that Special Victims Unit has been tackling with renewed vigour of late, with this new episode taking a cogent look at what can happen when a cop prioritises loyalty to a colleague above all else.

The officer in question is series regular Amanda Rollins of Manhattan’s SVU, who decides to back a detective from the Bronx by the name of Moldovan after he acts in a questionable manner during an arrest. Overzealous he may have been in his pursuit of a guy suspected of a series of rapes, but Moldovan’s also growing increasingly territorial about crimes committed in his borough. Pretty soon, a headline-making police turf war has broken out, but where will Rollins’s moral compass eventually lead her?

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