Criminal Minds Review: "Dorado Falls"

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The Criminal Minds writers sure do know how to make us gasp in suspense now, don't they?

When this week's especially deadly UnSub answered Rossi's question - "Where are you?" - over the phone with a chilling Right behind you, I nearly lept off my couch. Yeah! Now that's the kind of action this show is stellar at creating.

I have to say, of all of the fast-moving episodes in past seasons, this one took a little rewinding and re-watching to figure out completely. I did, however, think "Dorado Falls" was a solid episode, even if it did have me feeling a little slow on the uptake. The use of the psychological detachment disorder known as Capgras Syndrome to move us seamlessly between an office massacre, a double murder, a kidnapping and an FBI headquarters infiltration was pretty brilliant. Plus, I learned a little something, and who doesn't like getting a little education with our entertainment, right?

Close Up of Hotch

First things first: Reid with a vest on and what I can only assume to be a pocket watch chain hanging out? Adorable. Also, his haircut is starting to grow on me. Oh, and there's the whole "genius memory and deduction skills" added into the mix, and at this point I'm ready to just change Criminal Minds' name to "The Dr. Reid Show" and call it a day.

He was a total badass again this week, especially when he figured out what each victim in the office was doing at the time of the rampage and what disorder Dolan suffered from. Reid's always been a stand out at his job, but lately he just seems to be owning it a lot more. If Matthew Gray Gubler ever leaves this show, I swear I may have to stop watching.

Next there's the whole Rossi saves the day part of the plot, which I also loved. His phone negotiating skills were impressive, even if the Navy Seal UnSub did end up literally under their noses... with a gun pointed as their heads. Oops. This was the first time the BAU has had a suspect bring the action to them at their headquarters, no? (If my memory is wrong I'm sure you guys will not hesitate to correct me!). I know the agents and their families have been attacked at their homes before, but bringing the fight to their home turf to a building full of highly-trained agents is bold. Really bold. But I guess if someone's going to do it, a Seal is as good a choice as any!

Also, J.J. flexed her muscles a bit when she basically told the Defense Intelligence agent what's up (metaphorically) and scored that classified file. Owwww! Way to go, J.J. Now if only we could get around to her personal life storyline we'd be all set.

Speaking of which, aren't a few of the agents' home lives supposed to be brought to the forefront again this season? I know it's early on, but I'm eager to see what they do with some of those plots. Now that we've gotten a few season 7 episodes under our belts let's crack open the shutters, please.

There were only two very minor things that I might've improved upon, and that is that:

  1. Hotch smiling last week made me want to see more of him, smiling or not.
  2. The actor that played Dolan's father seemed really close in age to him. Like, 10 years older close, which was a somewhat odd casting choice, but whatever - we roll with it anyway.

The whole Prentiss fake death fallout was touched on briefly - and I mean briefly - again with regards to Morgan. He doesn't seem to be mad but he's obviously having some issues with worrying about keeping his teammates safe, especially Prentiss. It seems honest, if a wee bit underdeveloped. I'm not sure what her re-certification would entail, but if any part of the 10-hour training involves sparring with Morgan I'll gladly volunteer to take her place.

In the end, this week tackled some heavy topics fairly well. Psychological dysfunction? Check. Killing your own parents? Check. Pistol whipping a military general? Check - and ouch. They also managed to balance out the heavy with some lighter moments. Any time Morgan calls Garcia "Baby girl" or, in this case, she tells him to rub her...uh, genie lamp, it tends to bring some levity to the show. I just hope next week is as good as the preview makes it look.

And that Reid rocks a vest again.

Dorado Falls Review

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Criminal Minds Season 7 Episode 3 Quotes

Agent Prentiss: Definite overkill. Somebody was angry at the boss.
Agent Morgan: Somebody with hunting skills.
Prentiss: Or a law enforcement background.

Garcia: Eight victims in total. All employees, including the CEO. Five were shot and three were stabbed to death.
Dr. Reid: A gun and a knife? That's highly unusual.
JJ: Could be two killers.
Agent Rossi: That would be the first time for an office killing.