Okay, lady now is not the time to stand dithering between your fight or flight responses.
I like Prentiss. Because yes, she is a total nerd. Again and again we get that--when she's entranced by Reid's physics magic, when she gets all excited about the peas. And I can get behind that. (I once blew a date by making a Cask of Amontillado joke.) And somebody who works on this show is a total freaking SF geek.
I love a show BY GEEKS FOR GEEKS.
Also, love Reid at the coffeepot in the background. These guys go through coffee like real cops. And he shows up doing the caffeine shuffle just in time for Emily to say "I'm a nerd."
I covet Spencer's dad sweater. And there he is, stuffing his face again. Oh, and I see they're getting to use some leftover footage from last week. Trigger issues, oh yes.
Okay, and the bit where Morgan appropriates Reid's profile of the note writer that the team all argued with and then says, glibly, "It's pretty straightforward profiling" cracks me up.
Gideon realizes the Awful Troof! Man, nobody looks gutshot like Mandy.
Prentiss and Morgan! Good nerd, bad nerd!
Yanno, the cop of the week is female or non-white or both more often than not.
Man, MGG has some serious fingernails. And we finally see what Spencer keeps in his man purse. And I thought he was hanging on to those as a talisman. Which is not to say that he won't use them, of course. Butt right now, the trigger-reassurance thing is just right.
...Gideon's reaction shot to Reid's PTSD flinch there is very interesting. It could be him realizing that they have a serial killer, but he seems to be looking right at Reid, and they cut from Reid kind of cringing to Gideon frowning.
Oh, and Gideon. "Your daughter liked to sing?" Smart boy.
And again with the refrains. "Nobody deserves this." This show has a refrain. Or nested refrains. Another one is "You did what you had to do."
And there's a beautiful cut there were we see Gideon leaving the room to go run the profile, and the next shot is the unsub walking into frame. Oh yeah, they equate Gideon with the bad guys.
Also, this show is SO doing public safety education.
I LOVE THE GREEN SCREEN. Having Reid in the car with Dahmer is just creepy. Creepier than creepy, in context of everything that nearly happened to Reid--and how much worse it could have been, because I mean, *Dahmer*--And I love Reid's deeeep breath when Gideon says "You'd be surprised what these guys can talk people into."
Oh, and they are doing a realllllyyy interesting camera thing. I dunno if they reshot this scene or not, but.... In the profiling scene they have Reid, seated, alone, in the middle of the room. And everybody else is moving around him.
Isolated in the midst of his friends.
"If it were, we'd be out of a job."
Mouth another platitude, Hotch.
"Foot soldiers. Right."
The Criminal Minds drinking game: Drink when the cop of the week gets shot.
Oh, look, Gideon got somebody killed. The Criminal Minds drinking game: Drink when Gideon gets somebody killed.
It is totally unfair that Shemar Moore is that pretty and can also act. Hotch, now is not a good time for you to be white, uptight, and outa sight at Morgan. Just saying, man.
Man, that shooting and the aftermath are so not-Hollywood in their real-world stupid causailty. Oh, man, and Morgan's little futile hand gesture? When he can't save that cop, and he sits back and he just lifts one hand up and lets it fall. And laughs like he's choking.
Ow ow ow ow ow ow.
You know, I think this scene indicates that Morgan has no medical training.
There's a thing there--cop of the week does the right thing, all the way, and it can't save him. And last week, Reid did the wrong thing, and it got him a world of hurt... but he lived.
The universe is unfair.
Reid travels most places at a gallop. And arrives slightly out of breath.
Man, that girl can sing.
Oh, nice touch with the bad guy starting to unscrew the water bottle. HAH! And again, thematic union. The victims who fight are the victims who live.
Shades of Kitty Genovese.
Come on, Cop. Don't be stupid, cop. Shades of Jeffrey Dahmer, and given the Green Screen, I do NOT think that was an accident.
MORGAN IS THE MAN. Way to take charge. Man, his theme song is "Saving the Day."
Nice set of epilogues. Elle would not have made that mistake that Prentiss did regarding Morgan.
Again with that theme, in Morgan and Spencer's conversation. Broken edges are sharp. They cut. You... and the enemy.
And I think it is a positive sign that Reid is talking to anybody.
That was maybe, oh, two flashbacks too many. But I think, all in all, a nice continuity fix, and a nice episode overall. The take of race relations was maybe a bit facile, for this show, which disappoints me slightly. Normally I'd expect them to do something a little more nuanced.
Refrain of the word "empathy" is nice. And what's also nice is that Reid is actually already doing what Morgan told him to so--using the trauma, because right at the top of the hour, he's flashing back hard, triggered by Prentiss' question of why the unsub drugged his victims... and then he uses the information from his own torture to answer Prentiss' question.
And I love that Prentiss shows up at the end to take care of Morgan nurture the budding friendship a little.
"I haven't read this in fif... like twelve years."
And the way Reid can't finish his sentence, the one that begins, "I know what they were thinking and I know what they feeling, like, right before" and ends, "they were murdered."
Dr. Reid has met death. And a lot of that puppy bravado has been kicked out of him.
OOo, and I wonder if we get any Gideon backstory next week. Hmm.....