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Law & Order: UK Episode 5.5, "Intent" - Discussion Thread



"Intent", written by Debbie O'Malley


Again, no promo photos. Why must you be so unkind ITV??? So, this is the discussion thread for the penultimate episode of Series 5, "Intent". The series has gone by so fast. But I suppose that happens when it's only six episodes long. :/

Now, go do that thing you do.

ETA: Screencaps courtesy of charlsie_esq. :)

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esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: August 7th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I have mixed feelings about this episode. While watching I was thinking it was one of the stronger episodes, largely thanks to Samuel West's bewildered suspect but it was badly let down by the twist. So the wife never thought to mention she woke up to find Lucas had broken in and stood at the bedside with a knife once before? Seriously?

I am both looking forward to next week's copper centric episode, as they're usually the best ones, and somewhat sad that it is no doubt the beggining of the end, if not the end itself, of the Ronnie and Matt show. :(
asta77 From: asta77 Date: August 14th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC) (Link Me)
So the wife never thought to mention she woke up to find Lucas had broken in and stood at the bedside with a knife once before? Seriously?

I've watched 31 episodes of L&O:UK now and I don't think I've ever had a bigger WTF moment. Her ex, who she was afraid would do something violent, with a knife, murderers two people, with a knife, and she NEVER mentions it to the police? I'm sorry, but that is just plain bad writing. Unless they wanted to set up she was actively trying to protect her ex, which they didn't do.

anamarya From: anamarya Date: August 8th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
all in all a good episode. i'm not so fond of the whole idea that you drink a little too much and then you are able to just go and kill people but maybe that's just me.

personally i enjoyed especially the scene with Matt and Ronnie trying to figure out how the murder took place. it was sort of funny.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: August 12th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
OK, I finally have time to respond to this one:

So the wife never thought to mention she woke up to find Lucas had broken in and stood at the bedside with a knife once before? Seriously?

Agree, I felt this rang a little bit too false and this is coming straight off the back of being relieved that there was MORE to the whole divorce situation than the spousal abuse angle. (Which if that was going to be the route we took, I also had a bit of a problem with because they seemed to be waffling between "she verbally berated him constantly" (which is inexcusable) and "she was emotionally remote" (heck, some people just ARE, and they struggle with it, it isn't something necessarily worth raking them over the coals over).) So while they were attempting to repair the ex's reputation, in a sense, it didn't really feel like it gelled for me because I couldn't understand why she would have kept that to herself. Conflict of feeling sorry for him vs. her fear of him? I dunno. I needed to hear/see more.

I did feel like this was one of the better eps this series, but it's super busy and almost feels like it needed 90 mins. to tell the full story. A lot of emotional points to navigate between the victims' plot and the courtroom drama. It was really nice to see Jamie left to his own devices to anchor scenes, too; not that the scenes where he plays off Brad aren't the meat and potatoes of the show, IMO. ;) But I can't remember another instance where we've seen Matt investigating leads on his own so often.

EDIT: Oh, and Sam West was outstanding. I'd rate him in the top tier of guests, with Rupert Graves and Juliet Stevenson.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC) (Link Me)
A series of reminded me of schizophrenic fanfics on Hornblower: blood on the wall and bad Edrington ...

I am very fond of Major Edrington! Why Samuel West has agreed to such a role!

However, S. West - a great dramatic actor! What range of facial expressions in a few seconds!

Excuse my poor English.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: August 14th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC) (Link Me)
There were elements of the episode I really enjoyed. Matt and Ronnie in the field forensicating. ;) Discovering the murder victims were not the intended victims. And having a murder suspect whose motives kept you guessing. But then I felt the episode fell apart as the trial progressed. Are defense attorneys allowed to change their defense mid case in the UK? The ex-wife was portrayed as a selfish, thieving witch before, suddenly, becoming a tearful victim. Then, of course, there was her big WTF revelation discussed above.

And while I like Jake, I'm over his apparently sleeping with every female attorney who has crossed his path. He's really not that irresistible. ;p
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: August 14th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I remember this from the flagship. To add the truth, I remember my "Huh?" from the flagship episode. I lived in NY at the time and I remember thinking they'd combined two then-ongoing murder cases -- ineptly. This time I thought, Annabel Mallion's scared ex-wife was the thread that held it all together.

I thought Team Law turned in fantastic performances. I couldn't help but think that Ronnie wanted to be alone with that M.E.! This felt like Matt's case, and was nicely crafted balance to "Safe." Jamie does such amazing things with his face, I loved how much solo screen time he had in this ep., but my favorite scene is the ones where they are going over the crime scene for the second time. And Harriet is brilliant as Natalie.

As for Team Order. I'm not happy. The lawyer in me wants to jump into the scene whenever the law gets wonky but I find it's the only time I'm engaged in the second half. The writers are developing Alesha into a stronger character, and I appreciate it but I find something is off and I can't put my finger on it. Dominic as Jake is terrible. There, I said it. He is dead behind the eyes like a shark. And Peter Davison is so under-utilized, it's not fair. Bill Patterson was given such gold in terms of material in contrast. I feel like he is being wasted in this part.



Edited at 2011-08-14 03:07 pm (UTC)
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