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TV Review: Criminal Minds

“Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person,” quotes David Rossi, who plays Joe Mantegna, a top agent on the hit-show Criminal Minds. Guy Norman and many other directors awe viewers at home with the amazing script, characters, set, and makeup artists. Every­thing is well thought out. Week after week, the plot is thrilling. From serial killers whose specialty is cannibalism to hallucinat­ing comic book writers to child molesters, the range of episode ideas is genius. The unimaginable happens each Wednesday evening at 9pm on CBS, channel 2.

 

Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness all play FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) profilers on Criminal Minds. The cast is to die for. Each character with their own expertise, ideas, and love for one an­other makes the audience adore their dedication, hard work, courageousness, and drive to do a job that no one really wants to do.

 

Each episode the team brainstorms to put the pieces of cases together. In order to stop psychotic killers and pinpoint preda­tors’ motives, each mem­ber of the team specializes in a different physiological area. Although the plot may sound similar to CSI, Forensic Files and other crime drama shows, this one, in particular brings it to a whole new level. In those shows, the crime is the focus point. In Crimi­nal Minds, you get to see inside the criminal’s mind. The audience is aware of the criminals inner most thoughts and their back­ground which allows them to follow along and try and solve the case on their own. The team of profilers draws conclusions, makes maps, runs labs, does extra research, scans criminal history,  looks at all of the possibilities and then later convinces and convicts the psychos of their sick crimes. Many times the profilers are personally targeted or have a connec­tion to the criminal and the team is motivated to work harder. It is rare to see the BAU profilers not come out on top.

 

The two year old show leaves viewers sitting on the edge of their seats, begging for more when the 60 minute Wednesday night episode is over. The bond between viewer and cast grows with each week. Emotions run ragged when the profilers’ lives are put on the line.

 

Throughout the course of the season, lessons are learned. The show makes viewers understand that there are sick people in the world. Criminal Minds does not hide the truth about reality. Everything is told as it is and it makes people wonder what kind of world we live in today. The show makes TV viewers thankful that there are people, like these FBI agents, who want to do the right thing to defend the innocent people who become victims.

 

 

 

Recommendations:

This is my favorite show. It’s pretty impossible not to immediately love this show. The cast is to die for and I feel what they feel when I am watching the show. Morals are taught, strong points of views are showed and Criminal Minds allows the world to be looked at in a different perspective. Everything about this show is amazing – the acting, the script, the cases – it leaves my friends and me talking about it for days. Garcia and Morgan are my personal favorites!

 

Criminal Minds

Wednesday nights

CBS Channel 2

9pm – 10 pm

By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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