If you look below, you can get a good sense of just what we’re talking about in “Gone Fishin’,” a story that is going to have both local and international ramifications. We know that Benson and the rest of the SVU squad have gone to great lengths in the past in order to ensure justice, but traveling to another country to pull out a particularly-heinous individual is something new. He’s accused of doing horrific things, and everyone knows that he should pay for what he did. Here’s the problem: Fin goes down to Cuba and decides that he wants to capture him and bring him up to New York City. As much as we like to see Bounty Hunter Fin, that’s not exactly the way the rules work.
As a result of Fin’s actions, this entire case is going to become a legal minefield, and it’s one that Barba thinks they are going to have an incredibly hard time winning. In his words at the end of the preview, “we’re screwed.” We obviously hope that the team gets the justice that they seek, but the reality of this show sometimes is that it doesn’t happen. This should give you a sense of pause entering the premiere; Barba and Benson may be able to find as many different loopholes or rules within the law that they can in order to shift things in their favor, but it may not work and he may be able to go free.
What sort of ramifications could this move have for Fin? That’s also something that we wonder. Ice-T’s character has been a part of the SVU squad for so long that he should have proven himself to be exemplary at what he does. Yet, it’s clear that there will be people at the NYPD who are not happy with what he’s done here. This could be a true test of his future with the team, and whether or not he can be trusted to work inside the lines in the future. (Note that we do think that Benson, Rollins, and others still have that built-in trust with the guy; it’s Fin’s high-level superiors who we worry about, given that they don’t see him all of that often beyond a file.)
While this case is going to feel like classic SVU in some way (there is a case at the center of it), we do like that new showrunner Michael Chernuchin and the writers are exploring something a little bit different in Cuba. After all, there are still many Americans out there who understandably don’t know all that much about the country still. Given that it’s been so cut off from America for so long, we haven’t had as many opportunities to learn about it. All in all, we’d say that this Law & Order: SVU season 19 premiere promo achieved exactly what it set out to do: Getting us pumped for the future.
What’s your take on the Law & Order: SVU season 19 premiere promo?
Let us know in the comments! Also, take a look here in the event you want to see what other current events the SVU writers are planning to look at this season. (Photo: NBC.)