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Criminal Minds Review: Bugged About Karma

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On Criminal Minds this week, we were treated to an UnSub who just wasn't all that clear on the concept of karma. 

"Perrenials" showed us what happens when you introduce a narcissistic psychopath to the concept of reincarnation: you end up with a murderer who thinks his path to enlightenment involves re-killing his old reincarnated victims so that they come back as flies instead of humans. 

The Unit's Stalker

Maybe it's just the result of the contrast to last week's troubling episode, but this one seemed like they were scrambling for ideas.  The story only became compelling when the UnSub's last potential victim - a little boy - was introduced. 

Once he was freed and the killer got to the hospital and was confronted by the BAU, the rest was predictable. We knew he was going to opt for "suicide by cop" in order to complete his karmic quest.  The only thing we didn't foresee was his "D'OH!" moment when at his death he saw some slugs crawling around on his arm and he realized his soul would go into one of them instead of the baby he had just held.  Karmic justice indeed.

This week's Garcia-Morgan flirt scene (frankly, I don't think we see enough of these) went a little further than usual after she found out that Morgan had been shot, and came rushing in to see him, all frantic:

Garcia: When did you get back? No one told me you got back and I've been worried like crazy because they said you were shot. With bullets.
Morgan: I'm fine.
Garcia: I can't believe you were shot.
Morgan: I got shot in my bullet-proof vest baby girl. It's just a couple of bruises. I'm okay.
Garcia: Why don't they make better vests? That's not bullet proof. It's like when you fall in the pool and your watch stops working. That's water-resistant, not waterproof.
Morgan: I am just fine. See? [Pulls up shirt]. It's just a couple of bruises.
Garcia [stroking his six pack]: How long do you have to be taped up like this?
Morgan: I don't know. A couple of days maybe. Are you relaxed now?
Garcia [still stroking the bandage]: I'm relaxed. Hey, if you need someone to help you, you know, put new bindings on, re-wrap or unwrap...
JJ: Hey you guys----hope I'm not interrupting anything. | permalink

(There are more quotes in this week's Criminal Minds quotes page.)

I would have appreciated seeing more character development in the rest of the team. At least we got to witness that the BAU is now aware that they have another UnSub who is mimicking the crimes the BAU has solved. They have yet to develop the urgency in realizing the depth of his focus on them, however.

So, what did you think of this episode? Do you think the Garcia-Morgan relationship will ever go further than flirting? Would it ruin their friendship if it did? 


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    I think that if the writers were going to amp up Morgan and Garcia, that would have been done in London over the summer. I think the relationship will stay as very close friends. I too miss Garcia with Kevin. And I like how Blake will seek out Reid to talk things over. Reid is finally getting a sane "mother."


    So what happened to Ted's wife and Kyle, the college student who rented a room from her? Did the unsub kill them? I kind of doubt it (unless he felt they were in his way like the nurse and guard at the hospital) but did the authorities go to Ted's house to see if the unsub had gone there?

    I like Blake. She's more with Hotch and Rossi as the "grown-ups" of the group as opposed to Emily, who was more like Reid, Morgan, JJ and Garcia as the "kids".


    TOO MANY maggots... disgusting


    Not one of their best episodes, but good enough. They should leave Morgan and Garcia as friends - That's a superb relationship. I also enjoy Jeanne Tripplehorn as Spencer Reid's confidante. Would like to see more of Hotch's personal life. Also looking forward to Reid and his girlfriend to see where that thread is going.


    Whoever that brunette is, she doesn't "fit in" with the team. She brings the show down. Re Garcia & Morgan-go for it!


    I think the unsub re doing there crimes they solved is reed's somewhat girl friends stalker. Who else thinks so?


    Briightonjack commented "I am glad that he didn't kill the boy but that made no sense.....I will see you in 20 years and he leaves him. The pattern was to kill the person right away."

    The cops were right outside and ready to break in. He either has time to kill the kid which would get him killed by the cops or leave the kid alive and head to the hospital to kill himself next to a new born so he can return for the kid (and the remaining other victims) in 20 years. He had to take the latter option since with the police after him he could not try for any of the other victims right now.

    I loved the ending where as he died he realizes that since the baby was taken away he was going to end up in the bugs he was going to use to capture the kid's soul.


    Who are "we fans"....there are plenty of fans that want Morgan and Garcia together!


    I know I am one of the few, but I've always loved Reid and Prentiss together. I thought the chemistry they had when they shared a scene was terrific. I, too, can't wait for January.
    I like the idea of Reid having Blake to talk things over with instead of JJ or Morgan. JJ has become some sort of superwoman, and Morgan has been a little cold lately. He and JJ made some snide remarks about Reid's MG in last week's show. Not cool.
    I wish we saw more of Rossi throughout the episodes. They, the writers, throw him a bone every so often, but it's not enough
    My New Year's wish is that TPTB fire the writers and hire back the ones from the earlier seasons.


    I don't want Garcia and Morgan together

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