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Criminal Minds Review: The Eyes Have It

I don't think that very many of those who are disturbed enough to talk of stopping watching the show are one-episode viewers. Most of the people who write posts here are very familiar with the entire run of the show. They are expressing dismay at the recent trend towards salacious violence, or apparent salacious violence. They are as entitled to their opinions as you are, which does not make them not "true fans". That is a false characterization, anyway. There is no requirement to salute and say "Yes, Sir!" to every aspect of a program in order to be considered a fan. Part of the value of this kind of forum is to express this kind of concern. Now and again, persons who are responsible for these shows have been known to sample the posts. Once in a while, they post here. Some folks have more delicate sensibilities than you and I. More power to them. They are not jaded yet.

Sue ann

Bernadette did an excellent imitation of Howard's mother in the hospital, too, when they were there thinking that the mother had had a heart attack. I agree that it would be wonderfully funny to see Howard and Bernadette living with his mother after they marry. I really think that the whole dance thing was set up to give Sheldon the impetus to hit Leonard, and inch him towards a slightly more normal take on his relationship with his girl friend. (He may not call her that, but that is what she is.) Amy pretty much told Leonard that he was going to take her to the dance, more than asked him to take her. I know a young woman who can sit on the couch and zone out the way Amy did, but in the case of my friend, she is not thinking about anything. Just vacant. Because of that friendship, the scene with Amy sitting and thinking was much funnier for me than I guess it was for anyone else. I have SEEN that. I am curious how well Mayim Bialik likes making jokes about her own appearance that way. The "falling in love" bit was at her expense, largely. She is a bright, educated, experienced actress, wife, and mother. She actually has a Ph.D., unlike the other actors on the show. Yet she is stuck playing off her lack of typical starlet beauty? That bothers me. I realize it is funny that Amy can delude herself into believing that Leonard loves her, but I am saddened that it is supposed to be ridiculous. I love this show, but I guess the fact that I am thinking about stuff like this shows that the reviewer and fortyseven are right. It wasn't a very good episode.

Sue ann
The Mentalist Review: Psychotic Soulmates

The DA stated that Jane owns no property, and is a flight risk, when he requested bail be set at one million dollars. Unless they are incompetent, one would suppose that they checked into the lack of valuable property, rather than taking Jane's word for it, assuming that is what he said. The home in Malibu may have been sold. He is currently not earning enough money to support it. He has never driven any vintage car, other than that Citroen. In the episode where he parked the ugly expensive yellow car where it would fall over the cliff, it appeared that he did not have a bank account which would justify letting him test drive any of those cars. The home in Malibu may have eaten his savings. He can not be re-tried for the death of the man he killed. He has been tried once, jeopardy attached, and therefore, he is free forever on that count. It is called double jeopardy,and it is illegal. Had he been convicted, he could appeal. Since he was found not guilty, the DA has no recourse. The man's wife could sue him in civil court for wrongful death, as was done in the case of OJ Simpson, but I believe she may have other troubles of her own. What I found interesting, and consistent with his previous character, is that he felt guilty about misleading the jury into believing that he killed Red John, but felt no guilt whatsoever about killing the man. Logical. I think the character of Grace is likely to explode, also. I am not sure what Rigsby sees in her, other than her beauty. She is pretty stupid, and she has appalling taste in men. She buys hook line and sinker the guy who just wanted to kill Jane for a wrong he perceived was done to him as a child. She buys hook line and sinker Red John's accomplice, who just wants an "in" with her unit. Grace is an idiot, and Rigsby deserves better. I am not displeased that Red John is still out there, but I am mystified by his actions which seem designed to imprison Jane. If he wanted Jane dead, he could have killed him himself. And the opportunities to make him suffer are greater with Jane out of prison than in prison. It would have made more sense to have left the cell phone and the gun in the apartment of the security guard after killing him. But that would have made the trial less necessary. Poor plotting, I think. Did anyone else notice that they totally failed to mention what has happened to Hightower, since the shooting? And where was the disgusting man now in charge of the unit? Everything CBI-related was tied up with the head of it, who was set up to make even a moron feel that he is a bad man. I don't think they could have been more obvious unless the painted him blue and hung a sign around his neck. On the whole, I thought it was strange, but a good episode. The hints and clues they dropped over the summer were very misleading; this was not what I had expected at all. I haven't changed my opinion of any of the characters; the only one I really like is Cho. The rest are so flawed in various ways that they annoy me. But I enjoy the stories. Generally, they are very well-done. I will be watching.

Sue ann

So, what we have is the same as what we had last year, except now we have a Captain who is hostile rather than sweet, argumentative rather than supportive, and nowhere near so cute as last year. Ryan has the same fiance. Esposito has the same Lainey. Beckett is still holding Castle off at arm's length. Castle's mother and daughter both still think he is an idiot who must be monitored and controlled. (aka an American male on certain types of American comedies.) Somewhere last season I read an interview summary from the creator of this show. He said that they have no intention of having Castle and Beckett get together before the middle of the fifth season. While I have this nasty feeling that I could die waiting, I can see the point. What I really admire is the logical progression in the way that they put this off for the time being. Last season, Castle went to Beckett at the urging of the Captain and of her father, and asked her to stop looking for her mother's killer. When Beckett verbally backed him into a corner, he told her that she had buried herself in her mother's murder, and that she was spending herself on relationships with men she did not love, when she could have more. Then he told her he loved her, as she lay bleeding out at the funeral. After the three month's absence from Castle's company, she denied having heard Castle's declaration of love. She then explained herself almost literally word-for-word using Castle's own arguments, about wasting herself in relationships with men that she did not love. She went on to explain that she did not feel that she could have a complete relationship while the mystery of her mother's death was hanging over her. This makes perfect sense then when she tells her therapist that she remembers everything, which would include Castle's confession of love. She has given him an excellent reason why she dropped Josh, and it is also an excellent explanation for why she would not be interested in anything with him at this time, although not overtly stated. This is a simple and elegant solution to the problem they set up in the last minutes of the season-ender last spring. Very nicely done. Castle has always proven himself to be a gentleman, and she is depending upon him to continue that. I did really like the way Martha and Alexis flew at Josh in the hospital corridor, fingernails at the ready, had he continued to hit Castle. It was touching. The question of who the man is to whom Roy sent the paperwork is a twister, for sure. The actor is someone who rings my as****e bell every time I see him, based upon his work in Dexter currently as a really nasty political police captain, previously as Jimmy, Grace's wife-beating ex-husband on Grace Under Fire, and lately as another controlling jerk on The Mentalist. I have never seen Geoff Pierson play a nice human being. However, Roy probably would not have sent the documents to a nice human being. If he wanted to do that, he had Castle to hand. I do not have Tivo, and I did not record this program for later playback, so I cannot prove it, but perhaps others can check. It looked very much to me as though Geoff Pierson walked fast, left screen to right screen, past Kate's hospital door, when there was a scrum of folks at the door and a conversation going on. He was dressed as a doctor, with a stethoscope around his neck. It sure looked like him to me. If it was the same actor, then either his character on this show is a doctor, or there is something seriously twisted going on with him. If it was not this actor, then, in the famous words of Emily Litella, "Never mind." I don't appreciate waiting so many months for the resolution to a situation such as they set up here, but high points to this show -- it is the ONLY show whose future I considered over the summer. I still say Bones could take a lesson; indeed, the writers of Bones should take the entire course in good writing as illustrated in the progression of the story lines of Castle. Like one of the other posters here, I am ready for some nice weird murders with some strange corpses. I'm glad Castle is back.

Sue ann

I have not read all the other comments yet. I just wanted to say, this is the first time I have ever seen Ashton Kutcher do anything except be on Letterman, and I thought it was cute. Yes, I knew he specializes in dumb guys. But he does it well. Taking the lid off of Charlie's ashes like that in the house with the climb down to the beach still ahead was a little too obvious. But the scream, and the jump were good. It's just that the flying ash was telegraphed, as was Berta's comment that she wasn't cleaning that up. She never cleans up anything. Why would that be any different? I was delighted to see Dharma and Greg some years along. I've been very ticked that later seasons have not been available on DVD. It was cute. But the funeral was slightly ruined by me trying so hard to see who else was in the audience. It could have been better, but I liked it well enough. And I thought Two Broke Girls was so appalling, I did not see the last third of the show.

Sue ann
Presenting: The New TV Fanatic!

I think I won't be able to evaluate it until the new season starts, and I really start using it more. One thing, though. I realize I am a dinosaur, but I still have dial-up internet, and the new one takes forever to load. I have to open it at least ten minutes before I plan to use it. That is an unwelcome new change.

Sue ann

Ms. Orlando, is the next episode a season finale or a series finale? I gave up on watching this program some weeks back, but I do enjoy your reviews of it. My question is because short failed series usually do not come out on DVD, but longer-lastfing series do. Episodes which were not aired for whatever reason often show up on seasonal DVD's, as did the unaired episodes of Firefly some years back. You may eventually have an opportunity to see the missing episode, and reorganize your thoughts on the flow of this military medical soap opera. I hope so.

Sue ann

I imagine that Jamie Lee has the chops to hold her own with Gibbs or anyone else. She has a great screen presence. I have watched things I would not normally watch, just to see her -- she is an interesting woman, whom I have been watching since we were both young. Gibbs could do worse. But I wouldn't worry about any long-term relationship, because she does not have red hair.

Sue ann

Michael -- really. You do not get to define who is, or what constitutes, a fan of any show. Grow up. You sound like a seventh grade girl from back when I was one. Meko, perhaps you missed the eposode, but Hotchner killed the C. Thomas Howell character with his bare hands. There is no more payback possible.

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It is always lovely to see the charming Ralph Waite. He does a nice line in fathers and grandfathers. Now, a great-grandfather, on Bones, I guess. Too bad they did not kill off the disgusting Miss Wick instead of the darling Vincent Nigel-Murray. Sorry to hear she will be back. She is right up there with Hannah and the lab director from the first season in the list of characters I can do without. I have some serious doubts about the direction they will be taking this program this season. I really wish it had been cancelled after Bones and Booth parted at the airport. I could have remembered a great show which died young.