February 11, 2004

T.V. Show Compares LASIK surgeons to Online Perverts

`Law & Order' puts Patriot Act on trial

Thank heavens for sweeps. Only during these arbitrarily chosen months on Nielsen's calendar do I learn the truth about online perverts and fly-by-night LASIK surgeons on our suddenly perked-up local news. Also, I get to watch episodes of "Law & Order," TV's most efficient recycler of live and late-breaking story lines.

Because I prefer the new and different to the old and familiar -- call it an occupational hazard -- I rely on "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf to remind me of his franchise's continuing existence through screener tapes.

I was delighted to watch tonight's episode (9 p.m., Channel 41) and find Wolf & Co., in their 14th season, still in fine form. The hour begins with a straightforward re-enacting of a headline-news event, last summer's fatal shooting of a New York City councilman by a political rival who had slipped his gun past security at City Hall.

From there, however, the episode quickly veers into uncharted mind space. Soon we're caught up in a plausible worst-case scenario involving the Patriot Act. The shooter isn't the only one on trial; so is John Ashcroft and his devil-may-care approach to search and seizure. HBO favorite Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Oz") guest stars as an FBI agent who's not happy to have his secret investigation out in the open -- where, one could argue, it belongs.

 This is as good a time as any to note that Friday, KC native Dee Wallace Stone plays Laci Peterson's mom in the USA instant-flick based on that murder case you may have seen on the news. "The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story" airs at 7 p.m. Friday on USA



Posted by Admin at February 11, 2004 05:06 PM