Why I'm Questioning Olivia Benson's Promotion to Captain

Like many people, my wife and I watched the record-breaking 21st season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit last night. Overall, I enjoyed the episode, which featured Lieutenant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her team investigating a movie producer (Ian McShane) accused of raping wannabe actresses. However, when she was promoted to captain at the end of the episode, her third promotion in the past 6 seasons, I honestly couldn't help but roll my eyes a bit.
Yes, the promotion came mostly as a gift from the departing Chief Dodds (Peter Gallagher). And, I'm sure you could argue she deserves it after all the success her team has had. However, there are several reasons why the promotion seems unwarranted and even a little forced, at least in my opinion.

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