Criminal Minds (2005– )
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With Friends Like These 

The BAU travels to Portland to investigate a suspected gang of murderers targeting a new victim each night.

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The BAU are still mourning Prentiss' death, but celebrate Seaver's graduation. As all on the team, including Seaver, realize that she is not a replacement for Prentiss, Hotch is on the search for another profiler as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, they travel to Portland, Oregon, where two murders have happened. The victimology is different, with the similarities between the deaths being the victim first being bludgeoned then stabbed multiple times. The nature of the stab wounds and the petty theft involved with the murders make the team believe they are dealing with a gang. But when they view the site of one of the murders, Hotch believes that they are dealing with only one unsub - a schizophrenic - which is confirmed by other evidence at other sites. With subsequent similar murders, the team learns more about the unsub, which includes religious exorcisms. This case is especially difficult on Reid, who sees some similarities of the unsub in himself. Written by Huggo

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Greg Van Dyke, who plays the role of the bus driver, is also the transportation coordinator for the show. See more »

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Reid refers to unsub's stuttering as "psychogenetic." The correct term is "psychogenic." See more »

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Derek Morgan: [voiceover] Siddhartha Buddha said, "It is not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways".
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Pretty lacklustre
12 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When on form, and even better at its best, 'Criminal Minds' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows and is a personal favourite. It is nowhere near as good now, but there are still good to great episodes made every now and then when the show doesn't forget what it's about, but Seasons 1-5 was its prime period.

Season 6 was when 'Criminal Minds' became wildly hit and miss, and generally is one of the show's weakest seasons. There are good episodes such as "Middle Man", "Remembrance of Things Past", "The Longest Night", "Into the Woods" and "Hanley Waters", but also some average or less episodes like "Today I Do", "25 to Life" and particularly "The Thirteenth Step" (which didn't feel like 'Criminal Minds' at all). "With Friends Like These" is towards the lower end of the season.

There are good things. The production values as always are very high in quality, being atmospheric and stylish, while the music has the right amount of the ominous touch and the pathos. There is some decent scripting, like the deduction of the patterns, Hotch's implication of a more experienced profiler coming back, everything with Reid (such as his scene with "protective big brother" Morgan) and some welcome humorous banter with Morgan and Garcia.

Acting is mostly very good, Matthew Gray Gubler being exceptional, with Reid's fear and dilemmas being powerfully written and acted.

However, the case itself is pretty bland and predictable, with the early reveal of the unsub diminishing the suspense levels and the unsub's motives and circumstances being obvious too early on, making it unbelievable that it takes so long for the team to figure it all out. The photo of Prentiss was a lovely touch quickly gone to waste by Garcia's relative lack of emotion, speaking of Garcia aside from some humorous banter with Morgan she doesn't make much of an impression especially in a type of role completely wrong for her.

It is true that Hotch is underused, and Rossi even more so, though Hotch does have a couple of good lines and has the one instance of classic profiling of the entire episode. There is far too little profiling, what there is is reached to all too conveniently and with too much conclusion jumping, only the stuff about the patterns convinces as good profiling. As well as there being far too much Seaver, again a badly mishandled character thrown too much in the viewer's face who continues to be a chronically dull, annoying and pointless presence with dumb, facepalm-worthy dialogue and a constant air of inexperience. Rachel Nichols' acting continues to be very limited.

Overall, watchable but pretty lacklustre. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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