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TO ALL THOSE CONCERNED WITH MISSING THE PREVIOUS EPISODE'S REVIEW: My apologies, TV Fanatic faithful. I was unable to cover that episode, and when I realized that there would be a conflict that Wednesday I informed my editors at TV Fanatic. They procured another writer to step in that week, and for reasons beyond their control, circumstances made that writer unable to cover it too, sadly. There is no bias, no method to which episodes (or characters) I choose to focus on, and TV Fanatic is definitely not orchestrating something deliberate here. Sometimes, as I'm sure you can all relate to, life just changes plans on you, and we're forced to roll with it. I appreciate that you were all looking for the review, however, it's a sign of your loyalty - both to this site, and to a show that you love. Just wanted to set the record straight, thanks.
WOW what a creepy but awesome episode!!!!!!
Could have done without the incest overtones though.........
Still don't know that I like knowing who the unsub is right off the bat.....
Prentiss finding that file that quickly was just a little dumb. No way that could have happened in real life....
HATS OFF TO MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER!!!
Sir,when this show ends,you have a future as a director.
Whether it's indie flicks, tv eps,big-budget blockbusters,or commercials
(I WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST DOING ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.Makes for a more
I was disappointed. Especially since I consider the writer to be the best of the new ones (and normally can stand with the older writers in quality) and this was such a drop from her previous two episodes. It's like they were more worried about having a weird episode than having a Criminal Minds episode. The lack of focus on the team profiling was a big problem. The show is supposed to be about the team who profiles the unsubs, not the unsubs themselves. But, ignoring that glaring error, it didn't even succeed on its own. Here's the thing. I HATE anything dealing with the devil. Criminal Minds has never actually scared me, but I've always been uncomfortable when they do stories like that. But, this episode? I was neither uncomfortable, and certainly wasn't scared or creeped out. Normally, that's fine, because the episodes seem to have more of a purpose than just creeping the audience out. This episode seemed to be all about making people spooked. I spook easily, and this di
Did anyone else think the sister was behind all this? When she turned 16 he started killing and she kind of egged him on by whining about leaving school I think the devil was ready for her and she helped him get rid of the bro
I can agree with some of the comments made how this writer for TV Fanatic is very selective about which episodes she writes about. It seems that when this season biggest episode was with Morgan it got completely missed out from her reviews. The only two characters she focuses on are Hotch and Reid. There seem to be a bit of bias on which characters TV fanatic seem to think are worth to write about when its Morgan that carries the show and the rates increase when it was his episode prior to the one with Hotch, which had miserable ratings.
I was thoroughly creeped out by this one, but not in a bad way. I'm honestly a fan of whatever this show throws at me for the most part. I love the personal storylines, because it shows character depth and gives the team more purpose than just the instruments through which the unsub is caught. A show always needs some personal storylines.
Oops. I wrote "Grubner." Of course, that should be "Gubler." I don't know why -- I always think it's Grubner.
Ha! I got the Joaquin Phoenix buzz from Gladiator re power and sister struggle/desire. Very good creepy acting and aww, he brought her the prom. Yikes, I thought sister might have been Stockholm Syndrome in regards to taking part in the murders and just agreeing with the brother's visions to stay as sane as possible. Alas, she ends up as crazy as the rest of her family. The creepiest/shocking/terrible thing was the insane mom cutting off the infant daughter's arm, that was a new one on me!!! The ways to torture and kill women never ends, but the basement cistern was truly right out of Silence of the lambs.
Excellent job, Matthew!! I thought it was suspensful, but we knew of enough of the storyline to wonder if anyone would catch the unsub before he killed too many women! I enjoyed it and it was enough of a diversion from their typically bad unsub killing for the sake of killing to a deranged/disturbed unsub thinking he was doing the right thing! And the sister....wow! Imagine growing up with that load of baggage..scary! Loved the casting, too, but Matthew's directing had Dr Reid written all over it! Great review, Renata!
I too missed reading a great review on last week's episode. Which was a truly spectacular episode, one of the best of the season.
I thought it was just me who thought of Edward Cullen when watching the unsub. The resemblence and mannerisms were uncanny. That was just a weird and creepy episode! It was strong though and kudos to the Goob. Hotch kicking Burt was great and I don't think there us too little of him since they focus on him and Reid more then anyone. There was a bit of them jumping to conclusions without adequate explainations.
Did anyone think of Joaquin Pheonix as Johnny Cash while watching the Unsub? The Director had his hands full not just to tell the story through the actors but also with the camera work. Which was handled so damn well by Matthew Gray Gubler. The ceiling shot looking down at the dead girl and then to drop down in to the actors stepping in and around the body. As though the viewer, us, was a spirit. Or those errie ghostly thoughts running through the Unsubs dillusional mind. And how about the casting, like the tech in the autopsy room. Did he have a glass eye? Even the little girlfriend of the Unsubs sister had an unusual face. How about the wardrobe guy with the big ears. And then to use "Freddie Krugar" as a good guy, sane police chief! Did the Director Matthew have anything to do with casting? I think it was brilliant attention to deatil. This is a serious Director that probably lives by something I heard the great Bobby Jones say..."Anything worth doing is worth doing well".
Regarding the debate about whether or not the killer should be known to the audience right from the start.
When the identity of the killer is kept from the audience, there is a tendency for writers to fall into the Red-Herring Syndrome. As a result, an experienced viewer stops paying attention to the purported clues, and starts looking for the "TV clues," such as B-list guest stars who, after being introduced in the first 15 minutes, are then dropped from the story.
But the real enjoyment of police procedurals is in watching the investigators do their investigating. For this, it doesn't matter if the audience knows who did it or not. Columbo was enormously successful, and never prone to the Red Herring Syndrome, yet in all but one episode the audience was shown not only who the murderer was, but exactly how the murder was committed, right in the opening scene.
I hadn't noticed who directed it. Good job, Grubner.
The story was pretty much out there, but then a lot of them are. In reality you simply don't get very many (if any) highly complex serial killers. But then again, in reality behavioural profiling is an extremely vague and generally unhelpful procedure, but I enjoy the show and the premise, and I'm willing to go along with it. (Just as I'm willing to go along with Patrick Jane's nearly-invincible ability to read people -- which is actually more believable, since he's dealing with them one-on-one.)
The one thing that does bother me at times is the shaky, yet oddly accurate conclusions to which they jump. A quick look at the stitching and they decide that not only was the tailor female, but young, and since whoever moved the body had to be strong, there must be two people involved? I'd like to see the writers spend a bit more time making these conclusions appear more logical. That, after all, is a large part of the show's draw.
I had to first see if I was on the right website because I thought you guys stop covering Criminal Minds,
I enjoy last night I like how were getting right into the case now then we were before also we get to see Hotch get a beating since what 100 back in season 5. the one thing I didn't understand was when Hotch and the boy fought he fell to his death but yet early the Unsub could reach down and pick the woman up so how could a fall that small kill him.
next week sound like we finally get the Morgan vs Hotch thing about keeping faking someone death to portect our love one that sound good
didn't like the ep, too much time spent with the UnSub. i need more team and more profiling, as in references to serial killer archetypes, typical and atypical behavior, more terminology, instead they worked on guesses without actual psychology, just mythology!
but the i actually loved the colors of the ep, and the music and the ending.
as for personal story-lines for the team, i didn't miss those, this is Criminal minds, not Grey's Anatomy. their personal life doesn't have to be in every single ep.
i did think that there is getting less and less Hotch every time, he is becoming just a coordinator and field agent rather than actual profiler.
um, you know there was a new episode last week? One that featured Morgan really heavily, that had twists and turns, that didn't show the unsub at the beginning? Seriously, not even a mention of it? I thought this one was very weird- good, but i think the incestuous was a bit much. Like really, a girl with one arm, vigilante devil hunters, locked in a house, crazy mother and brother, your brother tries to kill you AND he's in love with you?
I dont know why you review some episodes and ignore others but I loved the episode. This is the original criminal minds that I used to enjoy yet creep me out a t the same time.
But I also enjoyed last weeks episode alot- that you didnt review.
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