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Well I didn’t think it was possible – but SVU just got weirder. This week we dived into the world of body¬†mortification. Its a world that I went 22 years without realising it existed. And could have gone another twenty.

After Rollins goes for a breather outside a bar, she hears a girl screaming and then sees a cab drive past with the unwilling girl inside. She chases the cab, getting a vin number, but eventually it drives away. Eager to rescue the girl, the team dive into finding her – thinking that he’s the cabbie Sikh whose been raping women. It turns out, from closer inspection of CCTV footage that its not the guy and eventually the team realising they are dealing with something totally different and new when the same girls severed leg – no need to get an eye test, you read it right – turns up in a fisherman’s catch. Eventually the team are lead into a world of body mortification,¬†self-mutilation and ritual amputation. That’s a lot of -ation’s that I don’t wanna know anything about.¬†Eventually the girl turns up dead, and the team delve deeper in trying to find what has now become a homicide case.

Now, apart from the obvious, the thing that disturbed me the most about “Strange Beauty” was the hooker who let a dude cut her leg off for $25,000. Seriously? You want/need drugs that much that you let someone cut your leg off?! Also, the thought of being kidnapped and then waking up to find you have such an important limb missing gives me chills. Not to mention the fact that the guy who was committing the crimes was doing it to make them more beautiful, unlike his mother who lost her leg in an accident, he was making them better. Its pretty twisted stuff. And it sort of reminded me of the absolutely¬†shockingly bad¬†Lindsay Lohan movie – ‘I know who killed me’. If you haven’t seen it, seriously don’t bother. But it is similar in the way that it features a serial killer who slowly, over time, chops off his victims limbs when they are still alive. That was only less disturbing than LiLo’s acting, but still shocking all the same…

The thing that was good about this week’s SVU is it was something different. Its sounds terrible but I am not easily shocked by SVU any more. They have covered all their bases when it comes to sick, perverse and horrifying crimes. So to see something new – well it surprised me. Not necessarily in a good way, but I was surprised all the same.

law & order svu sttrange beauty ice-t kelli giddishThen there was the character developments in this episode. Now there wasn’t a lot – but there was some hinting on the part of the writers. Previously, new girl Rollins disclosed to Liv that something bad happened to her in Atlanta and because of it she had to move. In its context it sounded like an attack of some sort. But the writers left it there. Rollins, her gambling habits aside, does seem to have a few underlying issues from what I’ve noticed this season. And in “Strange Beauty” it was revealed that whatever happened to her was the result of something someone high up the chain of command did, and that Rollins was keen to shake it off as nothing, and that she shouldn’t have taken it personally. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of that as time goes on, and I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of her old captain.

In other news, SVU has been renewed for another season! I must admit, when Chris Meloni left, I didn’t think we’d get another season beyond season 13. But I really do think they asserted themselves, and did a good job. Both Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish have settled in really well, and I like both of their characters. I understand a lot of people were upset when Chris left. But its TV. This stuff happens and you have to move on. SVU is still a great show without him, and one of the best cop drama’s ever. It would be a shame if people stopped watching just because there is no more Elliot. I’m sure Chris wouldn’t want that.

So overall, a good episode, if a little disturbing. Shame we had no Munch, he is painfully underused. But I’m looking forward to next weeks finale…!

What the hell is Cragen doing in that promo…?!

NB. I just remembered that the killer in that LiLo flick, I know who killed me, froze off there limbs. I think. Yeah its kind of a blur. So not so similar but reminded me of it all the same… I’ll stop now.¬†

Let me know what you thought of this episode, and SVU’s renewal in the comments section!

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Big news in TV land today, as NBC reveal that long standing cast member, Chris Meloni – who plays Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: SVU has decided not to come back for another season. The news comes off the back of the reduced contract taken on by co-star Mariska Hargitay. Rumour has it that Meloni was offered a contract yet he still turned it down – so it looks like he already set his mind on leaving.

I’m a big fan of the Law and Order franchise, especially the mother show, which was cancelled last year to make way for the awful spin off – Law and Order: LA. That has also recently been cancelled, so it is impossible not to think about SVU’s chances of renewal in the 2012/2013 line up after practically losing the shows stars. Rumoured to replace Mariska (after her character Olivia Benson is promoted) is actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. And since the news broke about Meloni, its been revealed that NBC are looking for a huge star to replace him, and bring the viewers in. I can’t help thinking to myself, that any actor or actress would be insane to do it. The show would need a miracle to survive another series, and any person who decides to take the roles is pretty much destined to fail no matter who they are.

Remember Dani Beck? Played by Connie Neilson? She replaced Hargitay when she was on maternity leave. Now she’s not exactly an¬†inexperienced¬†actress, starring in blockbusters like Gladiator and the Devils Advocate. Yet she pretty much bombed. Not because she didn’t do a good job, but because we all hated Dani Beck – because she wasn’t Olivia Benson. Those Mariska shaped shoes were pretty impossible to fill. And I am in no doubt that whoever replaces Chris will have a similar fate.

The way things stand, it looks to be the end of an era, the end of a franchise and the end of Law and Order: SVU.