Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Review: "Here Is the Fire"

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I am always on the edge of my seat when explosives are involved and "Here Is the Fire" started with a bang as the team raced against the clock to stop a bomber before he can set off a series of bombs.

While the show has had a growing trend of the writing improving, this week’s episode didn't gain any ground, but managed to stay on par with last week's episode.

I am very glad that the show has finally figured out how to shoot Forest Whitaker from his “good side” when focusing on him alone, making his dialogue and screen time less painful to watch. The scene where Prophet and Cooper are both laying out the profile of the suspect and they cut back and for the between the two of them has been my favorite scene so far this season.

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I was also very happy with the overall design of the profiling; including for the first time ever, the profile leading to the wrong person at first. I think the red herring of the first suspect turning out to be a kid with weapons and drugs made the story feel a bit more real.

This episode finally featured a little information on Beth Griffith; sadly, the majority of what was shared about her we had already figured out from the previous four episodes.

While the only new information was that she has been kicked off other teams, I don’t think it surprised anyone who has watched her character thus far.

The show is finally starting to pull the team together and have them work as a team. But, for the love of Sam Cooper’s Kendo sticks, why can’t they take a little time and introduce us to the rest of the team? We learned about Mick last week and we know a little bit about Prophet and Cooper from the pilot. But, I want to know about Gina and (God help me) Beth!

This leads me to the few things that I can only describe as in the category of: “What was the point?”

  • What was the point of the FBI Director and his assistant arguing about how the team would be interacting with the local police and her talking about how Cooper and his team don’t “blend?” The setup was completely wasted as they turned around and had the only real interaction be when Beth was getting the low-down on what happened.
  • What was the point of Beth quizzing the Police Detective about taking vitamins and then, not only giving him a baggy with some in it; but, give the disclaimer “don’t worry their legal?” Have I missed where Beth Griffith was a health nut or was this something Janeane Garofalo had worked into the story to push her personal agenda?
  • What is the point of waiting five episodes to have Mick and Cooper mention their history in Fallujah? This is the breadcrumbs you drop in the pilot to hook people in. I had no idea Mick and Cooper had a longer history.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior? Am I being too picky on the non sequitur items? Sound off below.


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


OgRBam Good point. I hadn't tuhoght about it quite that way. :)


This show has shown remarkable improvement in the last two episodes. Garofalo and Whitaker's acting is real and believable, they're showing more vulnerabilities and I really like the psychological approach the team takes to both victims and unsubs.


All people seem to do these days is to whine and complain, yes this show didn't start out as oh so amazing as the original show is now, but no one seems to care that they are being biased. The original has been on the air for 6 years, they have had plenty of time to peel back the layers on the characters that SB hasn't had the chance to. Of course people would like the original more, it's more consistent and more steady and it should be considering it has been on the air for 6 years. People don't seem to realize that even when original CM was starting out, they were not that good either, they were being too stiff and characters didn't just suddenly all mix in perfectly. Each show needs time to grow, and of course people don't want SB to have that chance because they still carry anger over what happened on the original CM, so they take it out on SB. It's typical fan behavior, and it only serves to bring down both CM shows. Seriously, people complain first that this team is the same as Hotch's and then they complain it's not like Hotch's. Well make up your mind on what you want, you can't have it both ways and be whiny about it. This team isn't "professional", that has been made clear so many times unless you are dumb or blind you should see that. This is the rag-tag street team to Hotch's well disciplined by-the-book team, difference is that they are more relaxed and not in suits like Hotch's team. This is first and foremost a crime drama, and CM's format doesn't always give room for as much as character background in every episode, even the original CM has had to gone through that phase. People just need to get over their prejudice. And yes, winning in its timeslot is still important even if it's against reruns and reality, as long as that timeslot is CBS's win, that's what matters.


I just read the recap on CBS website and it said that Gina (the blond one) got engaged this episode. Did anyone see that? Cuz I didn't..


I am trying to like this show. I know FW is a wonderful actor and the other characters are interesting. Unfortunately I can't understand most of what is said by anyone. I will stay tuned for the remainder of this season but if the dialogue doesn't slow down and become clearer I am finished with it for next season.


Ok, I do not normally post about these things but I must agree with (almost) everyone, this show sucks. Please add back our favorites to the original Criminal Minds and get rid of this show. Both my husband and I stopped watching because it is so bad. As for the people who keep saying "It won it's time slot", well that is not hard to do when the only other shows that are on at that time are reruns or reality!!!


Every episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior so far, the team has yelled CLEAR as they break into a house. I agree with Jim G's review, that we need far more information about these characters, in order for us to relate to them. My biggest complaint is they don't relate to each other. None of them barely so much as look at Beth Griffith. And why does that skinny blond one dress like a 10 year old waif, in tights and droopy t-shirts and hoodies all the time? They don't come off as professional, or as a cohesive team at all. I'm a fan of Witaker and Garofalo's previous acting. I like their personalities and hope the show does well, but so far the characters are really sucking big time. Is the same person who directs the regular Criminal Minds directing this one?


As a long time CBS drama fan I have 2 words for this show "It Blows" it's bad enough that the original CM has decided to toss aside two it's female leads and ruin it, but this is a total joke, mind you I like FW as an actor but his droopyeyed chimpmunk leader thing doesn't work here, add the fact that Garofalo is a terrible actress (stick to her liberal politics and stop acting) there is no chemistry between this cast at all,poor Garcia has to do what she can to save this mess. GOOD LUCK !!!


You are being far too nice. The show is a mess,the profiling is gobilty gook ,random garbled bits and pieces,its hard to tell what and who they are profiling ,they mumble . The part in the latest episode where Forest tells the cop to let the oldest brother with the backpack go ,then he talks to him in his best Horatio Caine impersonation to get the kid to give him the backpack ,Gawd they thought there was a bomb in it let the cop grab it you moron. Then the Irish guy tells the bomb squad hes going in ,and then he cuts the wires on the bomb, why did they call the bomb squad at all ?? Ive watch all the episodes and havent even remembered all the characters names ,thats how boring they are .The original is awesome, the characters all are strong and interesting and work well as a team season after season it has kept my interest,even though sometimes I think they do the impossible but at least its entertaining,


This is the worst show ever on CBS. I hope that this is the last season for it or bring in new actors. There is no love felt here with any of the characters and certainly no chemistry. I despise their sloppy dress and stupid lines. I am sorry but I just can't like this show in any way. I have not watched it since the first episode. Dialogue is something like kids pretending to be cops or agents. Nothing intelligent in the writing of the scripts. I agree that it looks like the work of children. Cbs Get rid of this show.

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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Garcia: You want me to find if there were any bombs set off around Fredericksburg?
Cooper: You read my mind.
Garcia: That's a dark and mysterious place.

He is telling us he is not done yet, there are going to be other bombs.