Is the truth what it seems on Law & Order Season 23, Episode 2?

Law & Order Season 23, Episode 2 has Price wondering if a case is really as open and shut as it seems with a possibly fake video.

LAW & ORDER -- "Freedom of Expression" Episode 23001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Camryn Manheim as Lt. Kate Dixon, Reid Scott as Det. Vincent Riley -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
LAW & ORDER -- "Freedom of Expression" Episode 23001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Camryn Manheim as Lt. Kate Dixon, Reid Scott as Det. Vincent Riley -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) /
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Law & Order continues to roll out Season 23 with a new episode that questions just how truthful evidence can be. 

The long-delayed Season 23 premiere had Reid Scott joining as new detective Vincent Riley. It was explained that Frank Cosgrove had somehow acted up in public and thus kicked off the force. 

Riley and Shaw’s first case together involved the murder of a college professor who’d landed in hot water getting in the middle of a debate on the Israel-Palestine conflict on campus. That involved a popular actress pushed by her professor to become an activist on the case.

Another student was arrested, but a protest had the actress being shot with Riley forced to shoot the killer himself in self-defense. Price then argued that the professor radicalized the shooter with Maroun (who had family in Lebanon) throwing in her own issues. 

In the end, the professor was acquitted, with Price upset about the lack of support, while Maroun argued this was the price for free speech.

It was a good premiere to kick off the year, with the new episode pushing it further. 

Check out a preview for Law & Order Season 23, Episode 2

“Human Innovation” has Riley and Shaw investigating the murder of a tech CEO. It looks like an open-and-shut case with a video of the murder, but there may be more to it than there seems. 

"When a prominent tech CEO is killed, Shaw and Riley untangle multiple leads to reveal a plot for retribution. Price and Maroun debate whether an overdue piece of evidence should be submitted to the jury."

The trailer shows Price arguing on the possibility the murder video may be a “deep fake” and if they can present evidence they suspect could be fraudulent. The question of whether or not this case is truly real is likely to push Law & Order in a dangerous new direction.

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Law & Order Season 23 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC. Catch up the following day on Peacock.