The verdict is in on our Law & Order story (#512, Nov. 12). ”It’s high time one of the best and longest-running dramas on TV got its own cover,” said Greg Wilson of Stanton, Calif., who also made a pretty serious allegation about Sam Waterston’s hair. ”His devil-may-care mop has been styled into a smooth helmet of Koppelesque banality.” And who would have thought that we’d overlooked so many worthy codpiece wearers in our ”Millennial List of the Week: The Five Best Codpieces of the Last 1,000 Years”? Jake Larson of Dundee, Mich., wrote in for ”Mr. Oversized Codpiece himself, Gene Simmons of Kiss.” But Karen Burgess of Bradenton, Fla., disagrees: ”For years, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has been rock & roll’s unofficial codpiece king.”
It’s about time Law & Order was recognized (”The Long Arm of the Law”). I’m a self-proclaimed Law & Order junkie: Not only do I watch the new episodes on Wednesdays and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Mondays, I catch the reruns on A&E. It’s refreshing to finally watch a show that isn’t jam-packed with sexual tension and perfect cheekbones. (P.S.: I would much rather have the understated sex appeal of Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston than the chiseled perfection of Noah Wyle and David Duchovny!)
Great cover story on the most consistently compelling and intelligent drama on TV. However, I was disappointed that you failed to mention my two favorite characters: J.K. Simmons and Carolyn McCormick as forensic psychiatrists Emil Skoda and Elizabeth Olivet. Whenever one of these two pops up in an episode, I’m glued to my seat. Forget SVU; if you want a riveting spin-off, give these two the spotlight!
After ten years, the best writing and beautifully underplayed acting gets some proper media recognition—now it’s time for a few more Emmys. A nitpick: Why no photos of longtimers S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren) or Steven Hill (Adam Schiff), yet four of (admittedly decent) newcomer Jesse L. Martin?
New York City
As a dyed-in-the-wool X-Files fan, it brings me great sorrow to knock the long-awaited season premiere. However, it hardly deserved the ”A” Ken Tucker gave it (”’X’ Factors”). Saying Chris Carter has a ”limitless imagination” when it comes to his first (and only) hit is way off the mark. The premiere was a rambling, confused time waster. Chris Carter, why have you forsaken us?
Friday Harbor, Wash.
As with all the contrived coverage of Pokémon, you concentrated on the sour grapes rather than the source of its popularity (”Monster Madness”). Ever wonder why it is such a rare success for both boys and girls? Could it be that it is an imaginative, inventive concept that could be used to teach ecology, earth sciences, inter-species cooperation, and even human dedication? In Japan, which gave rise to everything from Astro Boy and Speed Racer to Akira and Princess Mononoke, animation is considered an art to be taken seriously rather than just a marketing ploy to exploit.
In this age of Mia Hamm and Cynthia Cooper, it’s sad that new World Championship Wrestling writer Vince Russo sees women only as T&A (”Ring Leader”). WCW had the makings of a viable, athletic women’s wrestling division before Russo and Ed Ferrara. But now the WCW women are depicted as little more than sexual chattel. When it comes to modern women, Russo and Ferrara just don’t get it.
Ft. Washington, Md.
Your review of Savage Garden’s Affirmation was nothing short of absurd. If you believe that broken marriages, broken hearts, and abusive husbands ”smack of Hallmark,” you better get out of that store. The brilliant songwriting duo of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones have captured the harsh realities of life and the fact that you will make it through. What a refreshing change in the twisted world of music today to have a band that writes its own music and lyrics—and one that you can understand and that actually says something.
Floral Park, N.Y.