The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.
Matthew Gray Gubler,
A spin-off of NCIS (2003) about the local field office of NCIS that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Special Agent Dwayne Pride's team is at its best.
About all this spin off shares with the original Criminal Minds is the nutty but enjoyable concept of a tech-geek back at the ranch pressing a lot of keys to instantly come up with answers.
There are two main problems with this show.
The biggest problem is Gary Sinise, a reptilian-like veteran actor who has not aged well and who lacks energy, warmth or personality.
The other main problem is the show's concept of having the FBI throw its weight around on a global level. It's insulting and inaccurate. It also makes for a very dull program, with all the tension and excitement of a visiting group of US commercial attachés pitching a trade agreement with locals who couldn't care less.
This is the second attempted spin-off of Criminal Minds, a wonderful program that was both disturbing and entertaining, besides being an intriguing exercise in group dynamics. Let us hope that, if there is a third attempt to spin off Criminal Minds, it returns to its roots.
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