Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 2

Darkness

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 02, 2008 on NBC
9.1
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Lupo and Green's first offical case together is a kidnapping that happened during a citywide blackout; a housekeeper is slain and a mother and daughter are kidnapped. The evidence that links all the kidnappers is the father and husband of the kidnap victims. When they search the kidnappers' hideout, they find preparations which implies that the kidnappers knew that the blackout was coming. Cutter must convince the man to testify after he has lied about a search warrant to save the man's daughter, or else the kidnappers will all go free. Issues of a warrantless search arise. Courtroom scenes revolve around questions of Enron-like manipulation of energy.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This is a new episode that brings Law & Order back to its original roots.

    9.0
    As I have watched a rerun of this episode tonight, I cannot help but think that this is the first real good episode that is of the same caliber of the older episodes. Jeremy Sisto shows exemplary work in Cyrus Lupo on one of his first investigations and shows a real knack for the position of Detective. Another new star, Linus Roache, feels very "McCoy-esque" with his adventurous pursuit of cases and his ability to delve into his investigations. Michael Cutter looks to be an ADA who will stop at nothing to get the job done. As for the story, it is quite top-notch. The story has great twists and the characters involved are interesting - also, they show a variety of New York locales. The conspiracy angle (As in "Bottomless") is an interesting pattern for the new season, and it is not being overplayed or trite. Overall, this has been a wonderful example of why I have watched Law & Order, and why I will continue to watch it.moreless
  • It maybe "ripped from the headlines" but it appeals to my sense of justice.

    8.5
    I admit that A LOT of "Law & Order" episodes are ripped from the headlines - but what do you suppose a real lawyer says if they watch this show (besides 'unrealistic'). How about "tried that; convicted him; lost that one; tried that too; etc..."



    But what I like is what the writers do with the "ripped from the headlines" stories. Do they turn out the way they did in reality or do they decide to take a different turn. Sometimes in real life we're not satisfied with the outcome of high profile cases. Our sense of justice isn't always satisfied because of the law and whatnot. But as there are always people involved - and they're unpredictable - the end result can always change. For me personally, I enjoy seeing huge companies take a nosedive, both in the fictional world and the real one. Because often times, I see justice not being adequately served and real people being hurt as a result. I had no idea when L&O came back that Jeremy Sisto would be heading the front lines. As soon as I saw him, I felt the same surge of excitement that I had when Chris Noth came to "Criminal Intent". Linus Roache is also a joy to watch. Top notch acting both from the newbies and the seasoned actors of this show. I will admit however that this episode dragged a little. It wasn't really until the end that the full story came out and had us guessing until that point. Definitely about the character building and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.moreless
  • The city has a blackout and someone of course will die.

    9.0
    This episode is typical of Law and Order. There's a blackout, a mother and child are kidnapped, the detectives and DA's give chase, we find out there is more than meets the eye. Yes, there is a lot that was predictable with this episode. You knew that the father was tied in through the hedge fund he managed. But that's okay. It didn't detract.



    I'll be honest...it's refreshing having the new characters. The new detective and new ADA are a breath of fresh air, but free-thinkers. And moving McCOy up to the DA position is a welcome sight. I think he'll be much more dynamic and will have more face time than the few previous guys.



    Good show, glad it's back.moreless
  • A mother and daughter are kidnapped during a city-wide blackout.

    8.7
    Wow, my first L&O Mothership review. ^^



    Case-wise, even though we know that everything is connected, it's how they present it that makes it interesting. And interesting is what the writers did with this episode. That electricity scam sure came back and bit the CEO's ass.



    What really got me glued to this episode was how that warrantless search would pan out and how it would affect the case. It was incredibly suicidal of Cutter to make that move, and I have to admit I am starting to like him. I would say he's more reckless than McCoy, then again I haven't seen all the other seasons so I really don't know. At least from what I've seen of McCoy and Cutter's performance, I think the latter is a pretty good replacement.



    Still, I miss McCoy in the courtroom. I think the Mothership isn't the same without those bushy eyebrows making stern cross-examinations and taking legal risks to win a case.



    I give this episode 4 out of 5 NYPD badges. Though I miss the old characters, it's always refreshing to see new faces on the show.moreless
  • The power over power

    8.5
    City goes black when the power goes out; no radios, so use whistles (that was kinda neat). Two murders take place during the outage, both connected to a man who owns a rival plant that the city has to buy electricity from at a sky high rate. No surprise that it comes back to him but what a spot it put his teenage daughter in; kudos to her for having the guts and strong moral beliefs to convice her father to confess to everything. Jack McCoy as the DA is growing on me more and more; hope they keep him there.moreless
Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy

John Conlan

Guest Star

Valentina DeAngelis

Valentina DeAngelis

Katie Conlan

Guest Star

Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump

Marty Dressler

Guest Star

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Det. Cormack

Recurring Role

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