Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 2

Manic

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2003 on NBC
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  • A crime of ethical design

    9.0
    SPOILERS A frenetic start grabs the viewer as a shooting spree at a school leads to an apparent hostage situation. The stakes are upped when we find a traumatised child left behind and the suspect escaped. This sets up a fascinating if at time slow paced episode, that depends more on the emotional investiment of the viewer towards the child as the team quickly discover through forensics that he child is the killer.

    A number of clever scenes build up our loathing of the child killer - Joe Blaine, yet not is all it seems to be. Throwing the obvious signs that the killer is disturbed and planned to take revenge on the bullies at his school that made his life hell, the plot takes a very bold step to pose a very ethical question re: the way phamacuticals promote their products. From the waning levels of excitment, the change rekindles the latter stages of the middle act and launches a series of scenes full of biting conflict at the pharm. does a great job of covering up its approach to marketing. A very swift set of scenes bring the final act to a close as Alex together with Joe's mother find the salesperson who sent her the drugs and try to prize her from the company line. As you can expect they do and the company ceo is taken away in handcuffs to finish in a very satisfying manner.

    But the question of whether the companies are responsible for what people take is left somewhat open to debate seeing as they do cover the person they send the samples to and not any third party.
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