Dear Law & Order franchise,
When Jack McCoy used questionable legal tactics to prosecute people and corporations whose power, privilege, and position placed them infuriatingly above the law, I felt like you were successfully using a morally ambiguous character to point out a toxic imbalance in our society. For every Race Fail and Gender Fail episode -- and there were many, so very many -- I held on, feeling like your writers at the very least got that the law is meaningless if it doesn't apply to the most powerful in our society.
When Michael Cutter uses questionable legal tactics to steamroll impoverished people who appear to be (from an armchair diagnosis) mentally ill, I feel like you are using a jerk character who is less interested in trying to find some semblance of justice in a cruel world and more interested in pursuing a one-size-fits-all crusade to the top of the heap, disparity be damned. In addition to making the show hard to enjoy, I'm a little confused as to where the actual drama is supposed to be now -- should I weep for Goliath, that he must face a child with a sling?
Something I'm honestly curious about. Yours,