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This is great! Faith on Criminal Minds was at an all-time low after the
disastrous season opener, but this seems more like something from the
far superior The Closer, the absolute ruler of the Crime Procedural
Drama. The Closer contains no nudity, profanity or violence
unacceptable on national TV - it plays by the same rules as Criminal
Minds, yet almost always comes out on top in comparison.
This time, the world of Criminal Minds seems more like the world of The Closer: a complex mixture of endless shades of gray, multiple viewpoints and not just black and white, right and wrong. Also, the repercussions of Prentiss' return are now allowed to play out - something that was crucially lacking from the "All Is Well" spirited season opener.
Normally, it would be necessary to give spoilers in order to point out the flaws, but not here: The plot and unsub-of-the-week are both layered, complex and surprising. More importantly, everything holds up in the end. Most importantly, the disturbing atmosphere established in the opening refuses to dissipate over the course of the episode and for once, not everything ends up neatly tied up in a pretty package. The unsub's methodology has a progression similar to John Doe's in SE7EN, yet is different. The unsub is more human than ever before and harder to simply brand as "a psycho" or a sociopath. You might even feel sympathy for them. *This* will linger in the memory for a long time.
Without the damage to the overall credibility to Criminal Minds that the Reaper arc and the Doyle arc did to the series, this would be a 9/10. Now it's "just" an 8/10 - but that is still great!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
People who are "slow" have been stigmatized as being dangerous and
violent for years, to the point that these members of our society are
often targets of violence themselves. Actually, people who are
different in this way are no more violent than anyone else. To have
such a stereotypical depiction done (and so poorly) was a discredit to
this show, which really has been going steadily downhill for quite a
while. I get why the couldn't get an actor with autism, down syndrome
or retardation to take on this roll (as its so awful) but this just
made it worse. The actor's depiction was a sad, unfunny caricature.
And JJ becoming a profiler? How canned. Along with the increasingly forced social interactions of the team, the mess with Prentiss, etc, I'm starting to think this show may have jumped the shark.
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