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Criminal Minds Review: Forecast Murder

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I think it's safe to say I'm never going to Kansas after this week's Criminal Minds.

Everything was bigger on "There's No Place Like Home." More destruction, more special effects and more creepiness... or maybe it just seemed that way from all of the storms and lightning. Is it me or do well-timed cracks of thunder on a show about murder make you jump off your couch a bit?

Kansas Bound

This week found the team traveling to Tornado Alley to investigate the murders of young transient men in the aftermath of some very angry storms. Their bodies were mutilated and damaged extensively, but was it from gale force winds? Not even. It took the team no time at all to rule that out. Mother Nature really doesn't appreciate being blamed for stuff like this, by the way.

Our UnSub was a special breed of eerie this time around, as the gore was in full effect. It really didn't bother me, though, not nearly as much as seeing the Medical Examiner eat his sandwich surrounded by severed corpses. I know it's your day job, but really dude? Who has an appetite after that? I'm liking the trend of the team working more closely with the coroner lately. It gives us more of an opportunity to see their minds at work. Or, really, Reid's mind at work. I swear without him they wouldn't solve half of their cases. The man is a walking encyclopedia.

Reid's uncanny knowledge of storm facts was an invaluable tool, as were Garcia's research skills, thanks to her "binary machines that don't say gross things." After a lull last week, she was on fire with the one-liners this time. Her "jazz hands at the ready" was classic Garcia, as was the disclaimer that folks shouldn't let her PG initials be misleading. They really do write her dialogue well. At least Morgan has started warning Garcia when she's on speaker, even though that's half the fun.

JJ's insight was a solid bit of collaborating when she came up with the notion that the UnSub was trying to rebuild a loved one. The team seemed to mesh well and helped piece together - no pun intended - the mystery of Travis and his deceased brother Tucker. Apart from the fact that Rossi and Hotch were pretty sparse, the team was on point this time. Losing their Internet connection and needing Garcia to lead them into the storm was a nice touch, too.

As for JJ's highly anticipated personal life storyline, I was kind of underwhelmed. It was nice to see some of Will and Henry, poor little man on the mend, but for some reason I thought her marital strife would be more severe. Not that I'd wish that on anyone! We knew that her transition into profiler wouldn't be easy on her family, but that plot seemed a little skimmed over. Anyone disagree?

Prentiss, Morgan and Reid may or may not get much personal story screen time, depending on what direction the writers choose to go in the remaining episodes. We already know Hotch is getting a brief love interest, but it would be nice if they could delve a little further into how Prentiss is holding up post-resurrection, too. And a little more of Reid's mom and Morgan's - whatever, family, love interest, something - to break it up a bit. Not all of you like having anything other than profiling featured on this show, but like it or not they're going to veer off course from time to time. It's here to stay.

Overall, I thought this was a suspenseful episode. I mean, it ended with the team narrowly escaping a tornado's wrath and rushing into a shelter at the last second. What's more suspenseful than high winds and flying UnSubs? That's right, nothing.

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My first thought towards the end of this episode was, "Huh, suicide by tornado, that's a new one". Seeing the UnSub awaiting the twister and then getting sucked up...you have to admit, that is definitely a story line that Criminal Minds has NEVER done before (or any other show for that matter). I could be wrong, but I think there may still be more trouble on the home front for J.J. It seemed like she was definitely having issues, and maybe this episode was just breaking us in. Or I could be completely off, and that was the extent of it...only time will tell.

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Does anyone know the name of the book JJ read to her son? Something about a star.

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@ Lizzy One thing that you have to learn in the real world is that the Job comes first it comes before you and it comes before your family.

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I find this article seems to be passing judgement on JJ character, with the end caption anyone disagrees. Of course people disagree you have Hotch who completely puts his career before his child (Jack) needs yet we are all suppose to think JJ needs to run off home everything her child get sick. Hotch child would have suffered a traumatic shock when his mother died yet Hotch goes back to work the next week after giving his child a big hug saying daddy going to be away from home a lot. It was total unprofessional that JJ fly out with the rest of the team knowing her child sick and then wanting to rush back, when she should have made that decision at the start of the journey and not waste the FBI money on flying different team members back and forth home. This whole episode was silly from start to finish as though no one actually put any thought into the show.

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it was a good episode. now about Giddeon I Prefer Rossi over Giddeon. but If he comes back I hope its only one epsoide maybe two I don't want him back for good I like Rossi.

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By far one of the best episodes. The criminal character comes directly from the behavior of primitive Germans as described by the Roman Historian Tacitus. It could be perceived as the pagan priest lifting the body to the god of thunder before human sacrifice. In some respects it could be perceived as funny, especially the last part where he carries the dead guy and walks towards his home, although definitely not funny if you were his victim. Had the criminal been any other race than white, all hell would have broken loose and you will have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton marching on the CBS HQ!

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Best show on TV. I love all the charactors, and especially reid, and Morgan, he is so HOT ! they are all brillent actors, would love to see a little more personal info on all of them fitting into the exciting plots. Like a girlfriend for Morgan, and I do miss Geidon, also love Rossi, wish they could both be there. It is a real THRILL to see Hoch smill, he has a beautiful smile, just never shows it :) GREAT show, keep it rolling !

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I enjoyed the personal story with JJ and her family and appreciate that they didn't show her decision to go back to the BAU and become a profiler destroy her relationship with Will. They've already covered that territory with Hotch's family and it's nice to see a TV couple who have problems and disagreements actually trying to understand each other's points-of-view and make concessions to make the relationship work. Her reciting the book to Henry over the phone at the end was just perfect. @Art - I don't think it was unprofessional for JJ to leave in the middle of the presentation. It wasn't like she was running off once her phone vibrated - the father of her ill child sent three urgent texts in a row before she excused herself. "My toddler was taken to the hospital after having a seizure" is a reasonable distraction, one that any decent human being would understand. I like how they're leaving a little extra time to explore some personal stories and hope each character gets at least one or two episodes where they get extra scenes. What I don't like so much is the viewers knowing who the unsub is throughout the whole episode and spending so much screentime on him, but at least they're still showing the profilers actually profiling and letting that profiling tell viewers who the unsub is (unlike too many episodes in the disaster that was season 6).

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Wow - reading these negative comments is almost like reading the H50 reviews, tho they are all centered on one unwanted character. So, my two bits: if anyone has read/seen what some real serial killers have done in the past, this story, while extreme, is not beyond belief (and even if it was - who cares - 'suspension of disbelief' applies to fiction).
As for the personal story lines - agree completely with those who say without that you'd have robots solving cases (increasingly crazy, because that's all the writers could deal with). Any long-running show has development of character, and that includes personal story lines. The quality of those story lines is another matter.
Nutshell - enjoy the characters, most of the story lines and the whole feel of the show. It's not my top choice, but a steadily enjoyable one every week.

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Nice review. The problem with JJ's storyline is they already bludgeoned it to death with Hotch's maritial strife. I'll be hated for saying this, but in part that's why I think the decision was to let JJ go. Does her character not inspire the writers enough or something? Outside of her being attached to every case involving missing blond women with uncanny similarities to her, or cases involving children they don't write anything for her. Her sister's suicide was by far the best they came up with, and they could have chosen to flesh that out rather than rehash the marital problems all over again. I don't like her character myself but if they are going to delve into her, get down and dirty and make it something magical and worth remembering.It shouldn't be that her best episodes were the two ones before she left. I also agree with the reviewer about the personal aspects of Reid, Prentiss, and Morgan. To some degree Reid doesn't need it as much because we know a great deal about him over the years, but some follow up on his previous storyline with the headaches would be nice. Or him still struggling with the likes of Prentiss being alive (because they all got over that entirely too quick for my taste). Prentiss not having a breakdown is killing me right now. They don't have to rehash an Elle thing, but if they could for once show someone recovering psychologically from that amount of trauma and chaos it would be nice. It's glossed over and she's playing counselor instead. And yes, Morgan needs something. He hasn't had anything truly revealing since Profiler, Profiled. I appreciated Rossi's because we haven't learned too much about him. Pretty good episode though. Reid for various reasons continues to steal most of the episodes this season for me. His rambling and trivia on tornados, even how comfortable he's gotten with his gun...great moments.

Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 7 Quotes

Hotch: This could be a sexual predator.
Morgan: An extremely violent one, especially if the UnSub is responsible for the damage done to the bodies, especially those missing limbs.
Prentiss: Now he could be keeping the body parts for some sort of fetish.
Garcia: Ew, okay that's my cue. I'm here if you need me, with my binary machines that don't say gross things.

Agent Hotchner: What concerns me is the brief period between kills.
Agent Rossi: Only a week, he's moving fast.
Hotch: We need to move faster. Garcia get me ID's on all the victims.
Garcia: I'm a gale-force wind.
Hotch: Wheels up in thirty.