Criminal Minds Review: An Unhappy Birthday

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Zzzzzzzzz. Zzzzzzzzz. Oh, I'm sorry, someone wake me when it's over - this week's Criminal Minds episode was nothing short of filler. I know that the writers only had two hours left this season, but that's no excuse for just tossing one away.

This week on "Profiling 101" the team headed to a college to give a lecture about profiling serial killers. And what did the students learn? That the agents' lives are bombarded with tragedy and death day in and day out. Awesome. Raise your hand if you're shocked by this at all.

Rossi Stresses

I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, because I really do think that the lives that BAU agents lead must be incredibly hard from a personal stand point. It's like psychiatrists and grief counselors, they have to find a way to siphon off that heaviness or else it consumes them. But just because it was interesting to hear more about what they do and to see the toll it took on Rossi doesn't mean I want them devoting the second-to-last episode of the season to what essentially amounts to a Q &A.

Also, a lot of the dialogue read like a PSA about what we should know about profiling. It was robotic and forced, albeit cleverly packaged.

But speaking of Rossi: how twisted and cruel is it of Tommy to reveal his victims on his birthday? On his birthday dude? Really?!? That's just cold, there's no other way to describe it.

I think it speaks to how good a person Rossi is that, in his desire to bring closure to the victims' families, he's willing to drag out Tommy's inhuman demands over time. It must be impossibly difficult for someone who's trained not to play into the whims of criminals to allow someone else to call the shots just to have a means to an end. I liked how the team played off of each others' strengths (the Garcia/Reid simultaneous "thank you" was gold), but I don't think that an entire episode should've been dedicated to this case. They could've managed to put something else in there, too.

Now at least we have a glimpse into how they're going to kill off Prentiss (or at least I'm assuming that they'll have her die in an explosion). Next week's season finale looks good, but I'm not sure if a standoff that ends in pyrotechnics was what Paget Brewster had in mind when she asked to be written off of the show. Any way you cut it, I'll be sad to see her go (but I know many of you don't share that sentiment).

I'll just be happy to have a regular episode back, with no more of this BS filler and wasted time. What did you all think of this week's show? Am I the only one who was underwhelmed? Here's hoping next week isn't a disappointment, too.


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (123 Votes)

I thought this was a good ep! For some reason I thought prentiss was going to leave on a good note. I wish paget didn't want to leave though :( I hope they don't replace her with another annoying character like last time. I loved this episode because I think Rossi is kind of awesome.
But seriously, are they ever going to revisit the whole Reid migraines, possibly going crazy thing?


Also, I totally share your sentiment about Prentiss leaving the show. She's my favorite character by far. I don't think that her leaving will necessarily make me stop watching the show, but I probably won't watch it as religiously as I have for the past few years.


I agree last night was a bit of a snoozefest, although it did give some cool insight into Rossi. On a different note, showrunner Erica Messer has made it clear several times that Prentiss is not going to be killed off. They're writing her off in a fashion that leaves open the possibility for guest appearances.


Not my favorite episode of CM's.


Last night's criminal minds was an ok episode, considering all the latest ones. I think they seriously need to have Reid play a larger role in the team than just sit there and say like 2 sentences through out the whole case. Are they like trying to write him off or something? ok so i'm probably just freaking out because my utter love of the character and disappointment that he hasn't been the focus of an episode in a while...


I liked the episode too, and it doesn't matter to me if it was one of the last two - what difference does that make, if it's good? I enjoyed the features that everybody got, and the background on Rossi. There was enough tension and drama to qualify for a Criminal Minds episode, so it isn't as if it was nothing but exposition. I do have a question that I wish could get answered, though: If the guy has 40-something more names to give Rossi, neither of them will live long enough to get through them all at one per year. Did they make any arrangements for that?


No episode of Criminal Minds is boring! Any suggestion that one is is criminal in itself! It shows how much the reviewer knows, seeing as it has been well reported that they're not going to kill Emily off -_-


I'm a big CM fan, and I enjoyed the flashbacks and in depth review of their profiling process. But I still did not enjoy this episode. I didn't find it boring, but the interaction between the students and the team just seemed really fake and forced to me. I like the concept, but didn't care for the application.


I actually did doze off a couple of times in this episode as I think it could have had more to it than just stating all the things we already know about the show. It needed another case to be going on in the middle of it or something. I did think the best part was when Reid and Garcia both said thank you to the reference to the team genius. Also, Prentis's answer to the question about Rossi being okay, "Because he is Rossi," sort of sums up what I was thinking about him.


......this ep, even though admittedly now the best ever gives me real hope that they will revert back to the way first seasons where done when they come back next year.!!!

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 22 Quotes

Agent Prentiss: There's a lot about Rachel that tells us about the UnSub. She was young, so most likely he was, too.
Student: What makes you think that?
JJ: Well she lived in a shelter and had a part-time job, so she was a street kid, but not necessarily the reckless type. She wouldn't just go off with anyone.

Agent Rossi: Now these two girls couldn't be more different. But the one thing they both have in common is that they both crossed paths with the most prolific killer the BAU has ever seen.
Dr. Reid: What you need to understand is that no two killers are the same. They each occupy their own spot in the behavioral spectrum. Genetics, brain chemistry, psychology, they're all factors.
Agent Hotchner: But we believe this particular killer grew up in an environment so adverse he never had a chance.