Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Rossi's daughter, a journalist, investigates the disappearance of a college student. JJ comes back from maternity leave.

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Glenn Kershaw

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Jim Clemente
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Amber Stevens West ... Joy Rossi
Lea Coco ... Sam Burnett
Robert Neary ... Giuseppe Montolo
Tasie Lawrence ... Bahni Desai
Leif Steinert Leif Steinert ... Tom Larson
Robert L. Hughes ... Paul 'Old Man' Larson
Sameera Rock ... Aasia Desai (as Sameera Eligeti)
Jess Gabor ... Paddy Morris
Kyra Locke ... Reporter Allison
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The BAU assists Rossi's daughter, Joy, in an investigation into the disappearance of a college student. Also, the team is alarmed when Giuseppe Montolo dies in prison after he warns Morgan about the Dirty Dozen, an underground group of hitmen, and JJ returns from maternity leave.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Jennifer Jareau: Okay, now tell me all about Tara Lewis
Dr. Spencer Reid: She is really excited to meet you. I think her exact words after reading your reports, were: "Is JJ as awesome as I think she is?"
Jennifer Jareau: I like her already
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Too many cooks spoil the broth
5 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Much of Season 11 of 'Criminal Minds' has been very disappointing and a pale shadow of what the show once was. As said many times, at its best or when it was good (especially in Seasons 2-5) 'Criminal Minds' is one of my favourites.

"Target Rich" is one of the lesser episodes of the season and towards the bottom end of the whole show. There is worse in the season, for examples "Til Death Do Us Part", "The Bond" and "Awake", strong examples of what is so disappointing about the season, such as forgetting what made the show so great (the profiling, the pathology, the psychology and too little of the great little character moments), too much unsub often revealed too early and not enough BAU, lack of suspense, the stiff and disconnected character of Tara Lewis and tired plots that suggest that the show has run out of ideas.

In its favour however, there are good things in "Target Rich". 'Criminal Minds' has always been well-made, and "Target Rich", apart from the odd jumping around in the editing which affects the continuity, is no exception, being stylishly shot and atmospherically lit. The music is a good mix of the haunting and the melancholic, and this reviewer appreciated the understated and touching role of JJ and Lewis not being as prominent as she has been, so Aisha Tyler's stiffness and acting limitations don't stick out like a sore thumb as much.

A vast majority of the acting is fine, all the leads acquit themselves very well indeed as usual while Amber Stevens West and Robert L. Hughes are particularly good in support. Robert Neary however has little to do and doesn't bring the charisma and menace that he brought to "The Job", and Leif Steinert is particularly colourless of the unsubs (a rather predictable unsub and one where one is surprised that it takes the team so long to figure out, Hughes' character makes much more of an impression).

"Target Rich" suffers from pretty much all the problems that has made Season 11 disappointing on the whole, apart from Lewis not being as much as a liability and the execution of the story actually having a different problem. There are too many unsubs, which is worse actually than having too much of one who is revealed too early, and none of them are interesting or ones we feel anything for, either hate or sympathy. And there is too much crammed in, making the whole episode feel very rushed and confused with hardly any suspense, instead a very by-the-numbers quality. Not enough time is spent on anything explored so too much feels glossed over too. The most interesting part of the episode was regarding The Dirty Dozen, which was intriguing, but perhaps a little more time could have been devoted to it.

While one appreciates the characters being developed and having back story, it has to add something and not feel stale or feel like it's eating too much of the time up. The subplot with Rossi and his daughter just feels like filler and like a soap past its sell by date, there was little need for it and build up was little. The dialogue is not as taut or as thought-provoking as it is when 'Criminal Minds' is good or at its very best.

Overall, a lesser 'Criminal Minds' episode and a case of "too many cooks spoiling the broth", meaning not doing enough with too many ingredients. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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