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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The First Year [DVD]

Release Date:10/21/2003

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Special victims unit: The beginning
    • Dann Florek's squad room walk-through


    The first season of the popular Law & Order spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit begins with the episode "Payback," with the SVU investigating the murder and sexual mutilation of a former Serbian soldier -- who also happened to be a rapist. Quickly establishing their characters, Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) conducts the investigation in a cool, detached manner, while Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a child of rape, cannot help but sympathize with the murderer rather than the victim. Later episodes introduce new characters or further develop the personalities of the familiar regulars. In "Closure," Benson and first-year Detective Brian Cassidy (Dean Winters) spend the night together; in "Limitations," Michelle Hurd joins the cast as streetwise Detective Monique Jeffries; and in the season finale, circumstances dictate that a forensic psychologist recommends that Stabler, outwardly the most "normal" member of the team, be removed from the SVU for emotional instability. The season's most intriguing episode is the aforementioned "Closure," a two-part story which would not be resolved until season two. And finally, "Entitled" finds Law & Order: Special Victims Unit involved in a crossover plot with its parent series, Law & Order, allowing the casts of both series to work in concert. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Mariska Hargitay - Sgt. Olivia Benson
    • Kelli Giddish - Det. Amanda Rollins
    • Ice-T - Det. Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
    • Peter Scanavino - Det. Dominick "Sonny" Carisi
    • Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba

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