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.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.1 / 5.0 (39 Votes)

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Oops. One more comment. The final line of my previous comment(Of course, this particular nonsense is pretty well universal in TV dramas, so I can't fault Suspect Behaviour specifically for this.) was supposed to follow the remark about timers on bombs. It got displaced. It might have been my fault, but I'm blaming the writers of Suspect Behaviour.

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I've now watched this show three times, and each time I become more convinced it's being written by 12-year-olds. Breathlessly exclaiming mediocre lines while waving your hands around doesn't make for adult drama. Or good acting. And the conclusions they reach from the psychological "clues" are outright laughable. Whitaker: "Okay! There's a door! There's a door! Work it out! What does that tell you?"
Garofolo: "Well, doors open. They also close. I know! You can go through doors!"
Whitaker: "Right! You can go through doors! What else?"
Garofolo: "Sometimes they're locked. Sometimes they're not."
Whitaker: "Okay! Put it together! Put it together!"
Garofolo: "The unsub is a high school principal who teaches pottery on the side!"
Whitaker: "Right! Let's roll."
Garofolo: "Okay. But how do we get out of this room?" And why does the Irish guy (I can't even be bothered trying to remember these characters' names) get props for simply guessing which wire to cut on the bomb? It wasn't a sophisticated bomb. If he's got any experience with defusing bombs he should have been able to pick out the right wire in a couple of seconds. Instead, he sits there picking one wire, then another in a lame attempt at building suspense, and finally, in obvious desperation, cuts one at random. Also, when you cut the wire on a bomb like that, the timer doesn't stop! Or rather, if the wire does supply electricity to the timer, then when it's cut, the timer lights go out. It's like a digital clock (well -- it is a digital clock). When you cut the power, it doesn't sit there showing the last number it ticked to: it just goes blank. No more comments from me on this show. I won't be wasting time with it anymore. Instead, whenever it's on, I'll take a moment to silently mourn the loss of JJ and Emily from the Criminal Minds that's actually written by adults. Of course, this particular nonsense is pretty well universal in TV dramas, so I can't fault Suspect Behaviour specifically for this.

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I do watch this show, and if you noticed the numbers from the evening, I believe it won it's time slot. This show had a few good points, unfortunately, the negative seemed to outweigh it, and many of those negatives dealt with how Ms. Garafalo comes across. I, too, did not see nor understand the need for the vitamins thing, it didn't make any sense. Also, I got the sense that her character doesn't think she can be wrong very often, if at all. Confidence is one thing, but that goes beyond cocky. She just comes across so arrogant and harsh.
I do like Mick and Prophet, and maybe that is because we have a little more back history for them. I am really hoping this show gets better quickly.

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Thanks Belinda Bu, You are correct and I have fixed the typo... :)

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Wasn't it Cooper and Prophet laying out the profile? Not Mick and Cooper?

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I'm pretty sure this episode was meant to be the premiere....

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Can't believe CBS cancelled Cold Case and Without a Trace and and got rid of the two female leads on CM and produce this. Lili Rush should have moved over to CM!

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I watch this show, in fact, I follow this one more than I have even followed the original. I love this episode, so it's not completely perfect but their style has improved greatly and that makes me happy. As for the comment in this review about Mick and Cooper's long history, I don't know why you wouldn't know, but it was always pretty clear to me that Mick and Cooper had a history between them, their interactions and little moments give hints to it, and also, the backdoor pilot during the crossover Criminal Minds episode dropped pretty big breadcrumbs about Mick and Cooper's history and Mick's loyalty to Cooper. Maybe I just watch too closely but Cooper and Mick's bond was the reason why I really got interested in seeing Suspect Behavior in the first place.

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Is there anyone actually watching this show?

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.

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