Saturday, March 29, 2008

Olivia Benson gets her Man *sigh*

Olivia gets a Boyfriend: "New love on 'L&O: SVU'

Her mother, Jayne Mansfield, would surely be proud: Mariska Hargitay, who plays the tough yet tender -- and single -- Detective Olivia Benson on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' has bagged an awesome man.

Well, her character has: People magazine says that on April 22, 'SVU' will pair up Olivia with a new love interest played by Bill Pullman.

Last week Hargitay told TV Guide, 'I've been begging Neal (Baer, executive producer) for five years to give me a boyfriend.'"

Hoooo hum. Am I the only one who is a tad bored by this? And by bored, I mean completely annoyed.

I have no beef with Bill Pullman, or with Olivia having someone to love, but seriously -- over the past two seasons she's become more and more desperate and pathetic... not exactly a lead up to an affair to remember.

Of course, if it lasts more than this one episode, it'll mean the end of all HoYay which is sad, because Olivia did it very very well. I get the feeling more and more that Mariska Hargitay doesn't like the Olivia she created so well in the first four/five seasons. In the past 3 seasons, she's moved her character in a way that might have made sense had they chosen that direction after season one, but once you have seasons 2-5, don't seem to make sense at all.

Her hair has become more and more complex, her outfits are frillier and less practical. She's not dressing for her job, but a fashion shoot. If you saw the bit in season 8 where she went undercover, she wore tonnes of makeup while apparently going undercover with environmental activists. Perhaps environmental activists in New York are covered head-to-toe in Max Factor, but I doubt it. Even the recent cover of TV Guide speaks volumes... all the other actors are dressed in character, but Mariska Hargitay is wearing a bright blue evening gown, not exactly uniform blues.

Maybe that's why these days I find myself skipping the new episodes to watch reruns.

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