There are two main reasons why I have chosen to submit a review for Criminal Minds. Firstly, it is one of them shows which are perfectly suited for me. The kind which you watch the first 2 episodes and then can’t stop watching them until you finish all the seasons only a few weeks later. The kind which when you finish, you feel a little bit sad as you start to miss the characters you have grown so fond of. Shows such as 24, How I Met Your Mother and Prison Break are other examples.
The second reason why I am writing this review is because, well, ThatGuy asked me to… I don’t know how many of you know, but I used to be a writer for this site. Well, I say writer, I used to be a member who occasionally wrote when I felt like it… 3 times. However, I don’t want to let him down as he asked so nicely, so we’ll start.
Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. In some respects, the show is a mixture of Sherlock and 24; WE NEED TO DO THIS SHIT BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT! But of course we will be civilised and catch this guy intellectually, based on the smallest clues. Don’t get me wrong, the occasional FBI raids lead by the only black main character are bad-ass (and why shouldn’t they be with him running the show?!). I am talking about Shemar Moore for those who didn’t know; although I didn’t really expect you to, as his career is mainly based around this show with a few films here and there.
I am only going to talk about Season 1 in this review, as I have only watched the first and half of the second. With that in mind, let’s meet the characters. As this is a TV show based on 1 small unit within the FBI, there will be the odd expected stereotypes…
Jason Gideon history caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown and take leave from the FBI. However, the start of the season shows Jason returning to the Behaviour Analyse Unit of the FBI. Gideon is known as the agent with the most experience. Basically, he is the best profiler. He sees the things others miss and acts as a great inspiration to the other members. He does however, distance himself with his team. This may be due to him being slightly older than the others, or that his interests are slightly similar. Putting this aside however, all of his team look up to Gideon as their inspiration.
Known by the others at ‘Hotch’, he is the supervisor to the unit. Although Gideon appears to be the man in charge, this is only due to his experience. In terms of rank, “Hotch is Top Notch”… Sorry… He will when necessary, assert his dominance.
Putting his rank aside, Hotch is known as the “Family Man”. In fact, to my knowledge, the very first scene of the series is Hotch with his wife discussing baby names. During the series, it shows Hotch with his wife and child. Again, this is another typical group member, so far we have the experienced old man, and now the boss, family man… Who’s going to be next?!
Dr. Spencer Reid
Now, I was going to leave the best until last, but I couldn’t wait any longer. For all of you who like The Big Bang theory (ThatGuy), you will love ‘Reed’. Reed is similar to the character of Sheldon Cooper, the young guy with the eidetic memory. Reed in season 1 is 24 years old with a total of 3 doctorates under his belt. Each episode, Reed will always have a list of statistics ready at hand. Basically, Reed is the smart guy everyone relies on if the unsub (Unknown subject) is referring to an unknown book in his crimes. He is also a guy everyone gets along with (Unlike Sheldon).
So, the experienced old man, the family guy, and now the smart young one. Who’s next?
(Just an FYI, when using Google Images, please search Dr Spencer Reed, adn not just ‘Spencer Reed’… I made that mistake – With safe mode off)
Yep, it’s the black guy. Obviously the statement was not intended to be racist if anyone implied that, my point is that for any good group to function, you need some ethnic diversity. Morgan is the cool and classy strong guy who will always kick down the door with a gun in hand, or be that smooth talker with the ladies. Apart for them two characteristics, there is not much more to Derek Morgan, except for the fact that he gets on with everyone. Especially Garcia…
Known as Garcia, the one who loves Morgan. Well, perhaps not loves, more like, constantly flirting with. Garcia is the one who stays at HQ on the computer. She is tech support basically. Apart from her being a genius on finding stuff out, there isn’t much more to her.
Geek Tech person
Penelope Elle Greenaway
Elle is the only female profiler. (There are 2 other women in the group, but they are not trained profilers.) Elle is the women always at the scene to provide the empathy with the female victims. Basically, in my opinion, she just makes up numbers. There is no real point to her character except this purpose. I’m sorry I can’t write more.
Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau
I’ll keep this one brief:
The fit one.
She is not a profiler, she just speaks to the media and sets up meetings.
So we have:
Experienced old man
Geeky Tech woman
The fit one
As I said, perfect group?
So what is it these guys actually do? Basically, Criminal Minds is not about the minds of just the normal criminals, but the minds of the crazy killers. You know, the ones who kill because of “God’s Will” or in one case, “Rape them to get desperate old women pregnant.” – So pretty messed up stuff.
The team go to a crime scene and evaluated how and why the criminal does what they do. For example, a killer may want the victim to look them in the eye while he shoots them, and this may suggest that he is doing this for pleasure, not because he has to. – So pretty messed up stuff.
It’s hard to fully explain this without giving away plot information which may ruin it for potential viewers so I am going to end on my praise and love for this program.
I highly recommend you downlo- I mean, urm, buy the box set to Criminal Minds, and I can guarantee that if you like detective thrillers, you will not be disappointed.