'Law Order' character deserved a better send-off
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#1 Apr 27, 2008
Just to qualify myself, I have been a loyal watcher of L&O since Episode One. I think you are absolutely right. Martin deserved a better ending! He deserved a faint hope of being able to return. The character of Green was the only remaining character that made a rather tired show worth watching. All the new characters this season are rather flat. As this episode ended, I felt that I will no longer feel the need to record the show if it isn't convenient to watch it. Waterson and Merkerson are not enough to hold this show together, no matter how hard they work.
#2 Apr 28, 2008
I heartily agree. Jesse L. Martin will be sorely missed in this household as well. I thought the new partnership with Jeremy Sisto was off to a good start and held a lot of promise.
The episode ending was a puzzlement to me, as well. On the one hand, I'm glad the episode ended with Green being cleared - it does leave the window open - I expected no less than that. But, I was left unsatisfied at Green's explanation of why he was resigning. There had been no hint in earlier episodes this season that he was disenchanted and dissatisfied with the job. Nor was there anything in this episode that led me to believe Green wanted anything other than to clear his name and get his job back.
I wish Martin well in his future pursuits. I also wish Dick Wolf would leave his hands off the cast!
#3 Apr 28, 2008
I will miss Jesse L. Martin.I never really had time to watch the show because of having to work late hours,but retired last year and started watching all te reruns and began to enjoy his character so much. I also would have liked his character to have ended different.
I have e-mailed several times,but have received no answer, but would like to know why he left. He was the one that kept my interest in the show.
Thanks from Texas
#4 Apr 28, 2008
I've also been a long-time fan, and a huge fan of Jesse L. Martin and Ed Green. Well thought-out comments on his departure, thank you. However, I disagree, slightly, because all things considered (given Ed's complex background) he could have gone out in a much more horrible fashion than he did. I guess I'm in the "thank goodness they let him leave still a hero" camp. Think of what they could have done to him! Killed off by an old gang banger enemy. Brought up on old charges of excessive force and permanently booted. Shot (again) in the line of duty but this time he's permanently disabled. Etc.
I had been reading Ed as rather tired and burned out this season, a carryover from how he appeared at the end of last season. Whether or not that translates into a decision to quit -- for a short period or permanently -- is certainly up for grabs, but it wasn't particularly surprising to me that he made the decision. Yes, he has the chance to return to the force sometime in the future of the L&O universe. Yea!
He was a great character; I will miss him.
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