Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Review: "See No Evil"

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Continuing its improving trend, this week’s episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, "See No Evil" came very close to having no evils to speak about.

This episode gave us more of what we needed to make the cast comfortable, familiar, and enjoyable to watch. I connected with the characters more than ever before.

The entire team pitched in on the behavior of the “UnSub” as each character got some decent screen time with them alone or only one other person.

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A couple of these scenes that stand out for me were Cooper and Griffith’s banter at the beginning and end of the show about being the first one in the office; along with Simms and Rawson in the field discussing how you can’t pick psychotic out on sight. 

Thank you CBS; these are the scenes you need to help us invest in the characters.

Further, after commenting last week that the show hardly used any of the characters' names, this week I was pleasantly surprised to hear the names spoken an average if about four times per character, as first names and once as “agent [last name].”

On the flipside, a lot of times they still jumped straight to a conversation, skipping over where the agent would introduce himself or herself to that person.

This not only makes the audience feel like we are coming into the middle of a conversation, but also contributes to that lack-of-using-names problem.

We also wanted to know more about each team member, and got to this week. Cooper is the expert in how criminals think. He does this by channeling them and getting in their mindset. Yet again, something that should have been in the pilot!

For the first time, the show actually threw in a twist I did not see coming. Given that the “UnSub” was known to be a woman with brown hair and a slight build, when Torri Higginson (formerly of Stargate Atlantis) came on screen as Dr. Karen Martin, I thought we had our bad guy.

I was utterly surprised when she turned out to be a victim. This was a great job of “red herring” casting and I fell for it hook, link, sinker, and fishing pole.

That admission out of the way, I will state that once they stopped distorting her voice (when she was talking to Dr. Martin) I immediately asked myself “why does that sound like Justine Bateman?” So I was not surprised when Bateman made her appearance a little later on screen.

Not only is it great to see Mallory Keaton working again, but Ms. Bateman does an amazing job playing a psychotic.  

Overall, the show has improved more than I thought it could in the two short weeks since the pilot first darkened our TVs. This episode makes me very hopeful that it will continue to refine itself and get better. 

What did you think of this installment of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior? Comment below and share your thoughts on the show.

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Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I find the show intriguing precisely because the regulars have such idiosyncrasies. Also, the unusual thinking processes that help to track down the unsub are riveting. There are perhaps some leaps of progressive logic, but overall I imagine that there are crimes of this nature that do need warped thinking such as that shown in this program.

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The cast on the original is good looking and enjoy chemistry. Not so with this one. Storylines aside I appreciate eye candy as much as the next person. And as much as I enjoyed Jeanean in the Truth about Cats and Dogs she is a distraction on this show.

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I watched the initial episodes of Suspect Behavior and didn't like them but, in fairness, wanted to give the show a chance so I just watched #3, See No Evil. The plot is utterly stupid and the connections made ridiculous. This show does not work. Is this the same writers as the original Criminal Minds? It doesn't seem so. A guy dies in hospital after knee surgery and this crew thinks, wow, there's a connection to the guy who was killed in a parking lot, had his eyes gouged out, and he was going to have knee surgery...wait for it...at the same hospital. I guess that hospital only does knee surgery every, oh, once a month? Ridiculous. No connection but they make a leap. Everything in this show is leaps. I've liked F. Whitaker in other things, but for this show, I give up.

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I was planning on watching "Suspect Behavior" I like the stars Whitaker,Garrett, Simms,& Rawson. But Janeane Garofalo detracks so badly from any show. I refuse to watch the show if she is going to remain on the set at all. In my opinion she is not a good actress & I will not watch anything that she is a part of. I'm not sure what CBS is thinking by having her on the cast. Once she is not a part of the show (gone completely) then & only then will I enjoy the program !

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my wife and i lived to watch criminal minds,after watching the new cast we are so disappointed we will never watch it again, thanks to A & E we will stick to the originals.

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I was looking forward to the new Criminal Minds spin off when I saw that Jeaneane person of 24 would be on the show. That done it for me. Shame, as I love Forrest.

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I loved the characters when there was the crossover last year I remember saying to my husband if they ever made a spin off that cast should be it, but there is one person they added and I beleive the nexwork thought her rep would bring more ppl to watch but for me who was wanting a spinoff I think that Garrafalo dosen't being anything but staleness to the show I was so happy to see they were making the show and with each one her character is pushing me further away j think the show is good but without her it would be SO much better

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F Whitaker - all tics, murmurs, sloppy clothes and weirdness... This guy is supposed to be the leader of this group? I'm not seeing it. His mannerisms, repeated over and over, are annoying. I'll watch the show a few more times - but so far, not close to the original cast and style.

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I am leaning towards not liking this show because of the overacting. To me a show like this is based on the character interactions and chemistry and I am just not feeling it for this show. Even with the carry-over character of Garcia, the interaction and dynamic just isn't there and it feels like a huge missing piece. I hope it gets better but I am not sure how much more of the overacting I can take.

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It takes a new series awhile to hit it's stride, especially when it's a spinoff and will inevitably be compared to the beloved originals, by fans (think the CSI spinoffs and the new NCIS LA). I have hopes for this show, and I already see improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing it continue to evolve.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Cooper: You almost never say what I think you are going to say.
Griffith: That is my mystique.

Officer: You call someone who cuts out someone's eyes as "normal."
Simms: He said "Looks normal" brother, you don't see psychotic coming.

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