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you knew it was coming...

Spoilers, no duh.



White men with soul patches are never a good idea. Okay, I think it's really a pathetic goatee. But that's the mark of a serial killer, right there.

In case you didn't get that the guy with the bloody nose is the prey, we will show you the mule deer.

I think they do better in general when they don't even bother with the whodunnit. The whodunnit is not why we are here, after all.

Ahh, girls in the bar. I love these women. Notice, in case you didn't catch on to the thing with the mule deer, that JJ and Garcia are discussing the guy hitting on Prentiss as a hunter, with Emily metaphorically the prey. "She broke away from the group..."

And they totally pwn him. Just as Bobbi will later totally pwn the killers.

"I am so blogging about this later." And of course, Kirsten did. Because she is made of win.

"Does it look like this?"

...Why does Garcia have an ID that says "Special Agent?"

Reid is looking particularly scruffy this ep. Back to the greasy hair.

And Gideon is apparently no longer hiding his secret identity as Captain OBVIOUS.

Reid is wearing the camel-colored sweater I covet. With his watch over the sleeve.

Emily does not sound too thrilled about her childhood vacations in France. "Which was a lot." Yeah, that would not be a child's idea of fun.

And Morgan thinks Reid would rather be in an office than in the woods. I wonder if Reid is going to take that as more "you can't do your job?"

JJ looks good in jeans. Oh, who am I kidding. JJ looks good in everything.

JJ is now filling in as Captain Obvious. The dialogue in this ep is a bit heavyhanded, but they are getting the point across.

"We must be off the mountain by nightfall. That's when the monsters come out!"

Oh, victim's dad is wonderful. Just wonderful. And I like the intercuts. Almost makes up for the lack of greenscreenity this ep. "First rule in police force, Agent Jareau. No crying."

Yeah, they have that one in the Ef Be Aye, too.

Seriously heartwrenching stuff. The supporting actors get some beautiful beautiful moments in this show.

Look, stock footage of a black bear! And conversation about instinct, and listening thereto. Keyword of the episode.

Keptin, there's a thematic element on our sensors!"

Morgan and Prentiss work well together.

And they are doing the trick where different parts of the team come to the same conclusion via different paths.

Gideon does not even like watching animals die.

Heh. And the kid--"tourists migrating." Again, with the human=animal metaphor.

In case you didn't notice that the cellphone was not in service, we'll show it to you again.

No greenscreen, but again with the intercutting.

Reid: second keyword of the episode: migrate!

And Gideon says the I word. The dialogue this ep is a bit strained. I said that already, didn't I?

It's not a bad ep, by any means, and there are some moments of sheer brilliance.

"This isn't your fault." Do I hear a refrain?

JJ mentions fresh air, which is something Morgan said earlier in the ep.

Hotch is faxing things to Gideon on the mountaintop?

I alsways knew Boston was an evil band. And you can tell we're in the mountains, because there are raptor noises.

I like the victim in this ep. She's a scrapper.

We have another white male cop, but there's a female ranger for balance.

Shit, bystanders!

"Garcia, you're the man."
"No, YOU'RE the man."

Reid appears to have showered this morning, at least.

"He was a quiet man, kept a nice lawn."

Ooo, creepy gas station owner.

"Bullseye." Oh, Penelope, your Freudian slip is showing."

Well, this inspection of a creepy serial killer hideout went better than the last couple of inspections of a creepy serial killer hideout, now didn't it, guys?

Reid's wearing his pink shirt. I think that shirt has a fandom.

Oh, Emily's looking at a hep test now.

Oh, DUH. THAT's why the raptor noises. Not just because that's Hollywood code for "we're in the mountains." They're predators. Okay, so I can be thick sometimes.

Gideon winces! Gideon hyperventilates at crimes scenes! Drink! Drink! DRINK!

Bobbi's already thinking. Good Bobbi.

Oh look. More cars than wedding rings.

Hotch says: "We're looking at a lot more victims." Refrain: Drink.

"Everybody in before sundown." Ranger Lass is worried about bad guys with arrows. Somebody ought to be.

Reid says, "Guys, look at this." Drink.

"The boys weren't even born yet." Yeah, and neither was Spencer. *g*

Everybody is borrowing Reid's blue nitrile gloves this ep.

Smart victim. Smart! Get the knife, keep the knife, use the knife. Not so smart victim: walk out into the clearing. If you were in a James Fenimore Cooper novel, you would have stepped on a twig.

Notice the parallel between Paul comforting the dying Johnny and then Gideon doing the same? Man, the brothers are note perfect.

I love the way they don't bother to explain to the audience how our guys are not fooled by Johnny. They just tell you the clues and trust you to figure out what just happened. Oh, and Morgan's whispered "she's gone--" is beautiful.

So, Bobbi is looking at the tree and I think Your storm, Thayli. Use it.

Oh, Gideon. Yes. Connect with the killer, convince the killer, get him to talk to you... There's such beautiful conflict in this scene. "It's okay. It's okay."

And of course the kid is probably not much younger than Stephen.

It is okay. And it will never be okay. Both at once.

Mandy Patinkin is so not shabby at this acting thing. La.

"How can these guys do something like this?"
"They don't think like you and me."

You know, I wish they had not felt the need to reinforce that quite as heavy-handedly at the end, but then as I said, the dialogue in this ep is a little... well, on the nose. Hitting us over the head with the theme mallet.

But that's okay, because it felt like a Criminal Minds episode. Not a standout, but solid nonetheless.

Morgan is everybody's companion in cope. Morgan and the BATBELT.

The difference, Em, is that motive does count.

Gideon and Hotch sacked out, JJ reading over Reid's shoulder. Awww. We're safe on the plane. It may be the only place we're safe.

And next ep looks... creeeeeeepy.





Or, a short list of things that are probably me reading too much into things:

Reid gets his back to the victim images as soon as he can. La la la. All fine here.*

"A serial killer with no sexual preference?"
"That'd be a first."
Oh, how quickly we forget Frank....

I wonder if that flash of running through the woods is meant to be Gideon POV....

Emily really does not sound overjoyed about her time roughing it in the French Alps.

Garcia is large and in charge. Look at those triceps! Kirsten has been working out....

Heh. And Reid knows Morgan is covering for him, and JJ shoots him the sympathetic Mogan-mocking look. Yeah, the kids are onto Big Bro.

"And none of them reached their destination." The Captain Obvious hat is really getting passed around this ep.

Reid sounds like he's offering his analysis to Hotch like a homework assignment. "Did I do okay?"

HAH! Mounted bighorn sheep head on the wall behind the Sheriff. Trophies!

Morgan, yes, Ranger Evans is cute. Now roll your tongue back up please. *g*

Oh, cop looking to JJ for support is very cute. I like the Sheriff. I will bring him home, and he can look sad and hesitant on command.

Harrison says of Alex, "He's all I've got." Which is what Johnny says of Paul, at the end.

And JJ says, "I do."
She gets it, the same way Gideon gets it. Because yeah, they're what they've got, too.
"We'll stay here until your family arrives."

Family, still a theme.

I kind of expected Ranger Evans' Spot Hidden to be pivotal to the end. Alas!
You know, if we hooked her up with John Blackwolf, we could breed some scary-ass trackers.

"These are tactics that hunters use." Is Prentiss suffering echolalaia?

I do like that all three groups have figured out what's going on concurrently.

Spencer Reid, the only guy who needs a paragraph to say, "Yes."

Bobbi, like Garcia, names her car.

You know, Spokane looks a lot like the Cajon Pass.....

Look! Another mounted head. And then three more! It looks like Yale in this cop shop....

Wait, you're both right! They're developmentally prepubescent AND related!

I miss the green screen. *misses* Hustle has been light on the postproduction pyrotechnics this year too. *sad.*

I like Emily's woodswear. Though nothing can make Paget Brewster look less va va voom. Probably not even Reid's giant fuzzy cardigan.

Aww. Hotch with the "yeah, save her," look at JJ and Reid with the little flickering pained smile he must have borrowed from Jeremy Brett for the occasion.

Bobbi's sweater has birds of paradise on it, I think. Hunted, of course, for their plumage....

Look, more mounted heads.

Gideon, you need to borrow the Shades of Justice. You're squinting.

And the male victim (Luke) has a flying fish on his shirt. *g*

Bobbi tries to personalize herself, and Luke rejects that. Another shade of gray.

"You never know how somebody's going to react when they're forced into circumstances like this."

It's SNOWING in BAUland! Yay!

Spencer has the SHADES OF JUSTICE even though it's overcast.

Look, Ponderosa pines. They're supposed to smell like chocolate, but they never did, to me.

Paget is quite a fine actress. The scene with the dripping blood is really natural looking.

Reid has good horrified face over the driver's licenses. JJ and Hotch just look resigned.

You know, if I were Bobbi, I would have grabbed Johnny's bow. But then, I know how to use one of those.

I will note, in the interests of nitpicking completely, that he's drawing it wrong. First of all, he's got his fingers hooked all the way around the string, which is not going to give you any kind of an accurate release. Second, his anchor point is too far forward. And third, he's not using a tab, which, if he was actually using a hunting-weight bow, is just asking for nerve damage. Hell, I get blood blisters from my little 30 pound recurve if I shoot too much, and I use a tab. (I use a release with the compound bow, like a sensible bear.)

Also, Paul's armguard is in the wrong place. It doesn't do you any good on the underside of your arm, Paul.

Ahem.

Sorry.

Done now.

The bowshot foley is good, though.

"Could just be a couple campers." ...and everybody unholsters. *g* That is funny.

There's never enough blood in TV shows. And I for one am grateful to the FCC for this. Because in a real stabbing?

Um yeah.

Just like they never show anything like real burn damage.

Oh, man. When Gideon is working Johnny, Prentiss is looking at Gideon like she finally gets him, and it scares her. It's the sweetness in his voice, I think. Because that gives me the creeps as well.

Okay, so not done.
...Paul's also holding his bow wrong. God, I need a life.

Honey, when you have him down, KEEP STABBING.

Hotch, you will be more comfy with your jacket off for plane sleeping. Also, hard on the jackets. *g*

You know, that's really not a bad ep at all.


*It was a boring conversation anyway.

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I really connected with Prentiss in this episode, almost from the beginning, and I'm still mulling over why. I did like the scene where she realized the bodies were in the trees, though - it wasn't overwrought, but we still felt the shock/horror they did.

I was actually thinking at the end that the victim (Bobbi?) was pretty close there to feeling what those brothers felt when they hunted. What was it Bobbi said to the one brother - something about how she guesses she's the one having all the fun now, and this vicious grin crosses her face? In that moment, I think she really did feel not just satisfaction or relief but glee, and I wonder if that's not what sets Prentiss a-thinking at the end there. I mean, she and Morgan talk about it as if the thing that's disturbing Prentiss is how similar the team is to the unsubs - but something felt off about that to me. It's a fair comparison, but it seemed a little too pat. I think maybe Prentiss saw how close the victim came at the end there to essentially sharing the unsubs' mindset, and that was what disturbed her.

I dunno. I'm just musing.
I agree.

And of course she was on an adrenaline high, and furious, and awash in brain chemicals from not just having been killed...

mmm. Endorphins are the good drugs.
When Hotch was talking about the uncle and the way the boys were raised...it sort of paralleled Reid's upbringing. Obviously not in exactly the same way...

I did enjoy the ep--lots of Hotch/Reid, although they didn't really seem to...interact as much or something; it felt off. Of course, I could be reading (writing?) too much fanfic.

I did like Bobbi--she was kick ass. I like that CM often lets the victims fight back, and I loved what she said to the guy at the end.

And the Hotch/Garcia exchange? I was rofl. I liked this ep, it was mostly good.

You just keep the CM slash out of my journal, missy. *g* I thought they were professional and more or less normal (not angsty) and doing the hand-off-the-expo thing well....

The parallel of inadequate scoialization--that's not Reid, I think.

It's *Prentiss.*

Lack of friends her own age, grownups from mom's work, probably either embassy schools or tutors....

Heh. Oh, look! The comment I just made on your other CM post (about how each player has to accept the cards life deals him or her, but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game) applies here, too. This episode revelled in juxtaposing the BAU team members (both what we know of their backgrounds, recent experiences, and actions) with the hunters and the hunted. I'm not surprised Prentiss was a bit conflicted about the parallels that can be made, even if the parallels don't necessarily hold up to scrutiny once you bring in things like how they reacted vs. how those they end up hunting react and that little thing called motivation. (And I bet Reid is trying very hard not to think about some of these things and is attempting to distract himself from similar thoughts by reading, in such a way as to invite JJ's comments.)
I think you are right.
Reid: second keyword of the episode: migrate!

A little bit Peewee's Playhouse, wasn't it...

Hotch is faxing things to Gideon on the mountaintop?

I thought it was before Gideon joined Morgan and Prentiss on the mountain. But that would be cool. Maybe a carrier pigeon?

"Bullseye." Oh, Penelope, your Freudian slip is showing.

Yeah, I think every viewer this side of the galactic core caught that one. Thematic mallet, indeed. But not a bad one, as thematic mallets go.

Oh, Emily's looking at a hep test now.

As classic horror movie devices go, that's an effective one. Gross to the power of googolplex.

Oh look. More cars than wedding rings.

Gotta love those trophies. I guess there are some things that are common to serial killers of every flavor.

"Everybody in before sundown." Ranger Lass is worried about bad guys with arrows.

Or Dracula. With a seriously overdeveloped sense of poetic justice.

Mandy Patinkin is so not shabby at this acting thing.

:) Hope that's not news...
He definitely stole the episode for me; he tends to do that.

Morgan and the BATBELT.

"Here I come to download your faaaace!" I watched the TV Guide special, and in between bouts of wincing at the host's banality, I squeed at Shemar being Shemar. In front of a camera, but still, at least semi-real. He is a very cool guy. How can he possibly keep a normal-sized head with this fame, that face and that body? It goes against everything I know about hot hot boys.
A little bit Peewee's Playhouse, wasn't it...

Yeah, it was. Whoever was the principal writer on this ep needs to work on hir dialogue a bit. The plot structures were fine, though. Yay!

Also, the directing was a little more heavyhanded than I'm used to from CM. And there was a little less in the way of camera trickery and narrative clever with the editing.

I bet they also wound up a little scrunched for time, with the two extra eps and the reshoot on "Fear & Loathing." We cut them some slack, yes.

Gross to the power of googolplex.

Yeah, the blood in the hair thing was really well done, actually. I think because you saw her shrug off the first couple of drops, and then...

So it seemed like a natural evolution.

He definitely stole the episode for me; he tends to do that.

It's what he does.

It's all he does.

That was a fabulous scene. And it demonstrates, on some level, the difference between the good guys and the bad guys even as Prentiss is being driven to question if there is one.

On rewatching, I am still not sure if she got in a shot. There are three shots that hit. Morgan fires once: we *see* him fire. And that shot hits.

And then we see two more shots. It looks like exit wounds on Paul's back, with the kapok from his vest shreddding out, which--if Emily is ahead of him and Morgan is on his right flank--means it could have been either of them.

The shot pattern is: Bang!.... Bang!Bang! though, so that middle shot could be hers.

And that, and the subling relationship between Morgan and Prentiss, makes it make sense that Morgan would shoot, that Emily would shoot (like Johnny, not killing the target, because she's the apprentice) and then Morgan would take him down.

Ah, with the ambiguity.
*sigh*
We had storms last night, which knocked out satellite, so no CM for me!

I like these entries, though, because they concentrate on the details (and are very amusing), but I don't feel like I know exactly what's going to happen when I finally get around to watching it.
*g* I actually try not to give away too much of the plot...
On Gideon as CAPTAIN OBVIOUS...I think he's one of these people for whom naming calls. He doesn't really believe the awfulness until he hears himself say it.

I know this wasn't the worst ep ever, but I'm still very disappointed. The subtext was my favorite part, but now it's...oh, what the hell--it's dressed, jointed, and displayed in the glass case. If this is a prelude to more subtlety, yay, but I have a terrible feeling that they've jumped the shark. I want to trust the writers, but yanno, BTDT, Mr. Whedon.
I think you might want to wait to, you know, panic when panic is called for. *g* Ed Bernero is not Joss, thank God.

FWIW, subtlety has never been the strong point of this particular writing team--they're the same ones that gave us Charm & Harm and Unfinished Business. (and Natural Born Killer, but everybody deserves to hit one out of the park once in a while.)

The really, really good episodes outnumber the mediocre ones. (Ashes and Dust was just two episodes ago, and Revelations was just seven.)

I'd say this one was about on par with, oh, Jones (although without the bad accent issue).

Also, they're getting bent over the desk on pacing this season. Considering the clusterfuck their scheduling has been, I think they're doing pretty well.
is it too pathetic that gideon with johnny made me bawl?

i also think it was interesting how much the victim mirrored the glee of the unsubs at the end. or...unnerving. at the same time, completely understandable.

i did wonder why they didn't think about checking which highways had bad reception (maybe they all did). but, i guess that's what the police do. bau's gotta focus on the profiling.

i would never have taken the time to watch "yet another crime show" if you hadn't rhapsodized about it. so, thanks. :D 'cuz it's made of awesome.

i love me some broken characters.

No, Mandy was working that scene for all he's worth. It was really nice.

He's been the standout, these last two eps.

Well, you need the logical chain: they're being taken in their cars, they must be being taken where there's no cell reception. They didn't have (1) for some time.

I'm glad it's working for you. And yeah, so very very broken.
It takes a Mandy Patinkin to deliver a line like "It's okay, it's okay" and have it be totally sincere and also mean "I've got you now, you SOB" at the same time.

I think Gideon loves him some broken people too. Closing Johnny's eyes at the end almost did me in.

And raptor noises! Hee! Though I can't be the only one for whom that registered as "vultures."
Yes. It was a fabulous line.

It's okay, because you're dying. And I can comfort you, because you *are* dying. And while I am comforting you, I can ruthlessly manipulate you to get the information I need to save somebody else.

And if you weren't dying, I would be doing my best to either put you down or put you behind bars: which, is all the same to me.

It's one of the great Gideon character moments of all time, I think.

Actually, that's one thing I like about Gideon. He's... not egoless, because he can be arrogant as hell. But. He's not in this to win it, the way Max Ryan was. He's in it to *stop the bad men.*

Jason Gideon's pride does not matter in that equation.
Gideon winces! Gideon hyperventilates at crimes scenes! Drink! Drink! DRINK!
<--- Hehehe :)

Egh, I don't like Boston either....

I remember season one had some colorful sheriffs, season 2 though....no.

I noticed the Garcia Special Agent ID badge thing too....must be an editing mistake. But great bar scene!!!
Special Agent ID, photoshopped, one, smackdowns, for the purpose of.
Yes, it's finally snowing in BAUland. It took until May, but it finally happened.

Okay, and am I the only person who watched this episode and thought, every time I saw Prentiss, "Antelope!" Because once the hunting/instinct theme was established, that just jumped out at me.
Yep, I did that too.
I finally got to see the episode, and I am with you on the Captain Obvious.

I really enjoyed the opener. Look, Prentiss is bonding with the girls! She seems to be much more comfortable as part of the team in this episode.

Victim has agency! I always love CM more when the victims get to kill the unsubs.

Gideon and Hotch feel asleep on the plane, and all I could think was: You're leaving the kids unsupervised!
Hee. Big bro was there to babysit.
"You know, if I were Bobbi, I would have grabbed Johnny's bow. But then, I know how to use one of those."

That was exactly what I did. My thought when something like this.

-Take the BOW
-Oh wait, she probably doesn't know how to use it.
-I'm not sure I would know how to use it. I shoot a re-curve. How different is it?

Followed by:

-Don't you need tabs or another gizmo to shoot a compound?

I found this ep very creepy due in part to the group of slightly maniacal hunters who were at our archery competition on Sunday and got into an involved conversation about what equipment would do what kind of damage to a human body.

I had also just come inside from target practice. I guess people who shoot guns must run into this more often, but they don't show people getting killed with arrows much on TV.
The anchor point is a bit different. But you could figure it out thirty seconds flat if you needed to.

I shoot both. There's not much change, except the release. Compounds are easier, because they damp so much of the vibration, and there's so much letoff once the thing is drawn.

I shoot a thirty pound recurve, and I have an easier time drawing my 47-pound compound.
Prentiss is love. So is JJ.

I half sort of figured, when Bobbi was fighting back at the beginning, that this would be one of the episodes where a victim would end up doing for the unsubs.

(Although I was also thinking, why is she running? And playing to unsubs' strengths by giving them room to use their bows? But this is television, so we make allowances.)

:)
Honey, when you have him down, KEEP STABBING.

Jeeze Louise, yes! TV drives me nuts with this; get the bad guy down and then DON'T TAKE HIS GUN AND SHOOT HIM. Get him down and then RUN FEEBLY INSTEAD OF BASHING HIS BRAINS IN. Etc. GO down into that dark basement... bad writing. grumble.

I was transfixed by Gideon's reaction to the dying killer. Very interesting, very unusual... and ambiguous and all kindsa stuff. I've already read one fic about it, so obviously I wasn't the only one who thought this was the main thing that happened in this ep.
I thought that was perfectly in character, actually. *g*

And it neatly demonstrates the answer to Emily's question.
You know, if I were Bobbi, I would have grabbed Johnny's bow.

Dude, if I were Bobbi, I would have thrown the bow away and just NOT STOPPED STABBING. And even if she couldn't use the bow, at least if she took it then HE couldn't use it either.

But ah well, I'm critiquing someone who was reacting to circumstances I couldn't even imagine.

What I loved most about this episode, and what I talked about in my own reaction post was how much strong women were highlighted throughout the whole thing. Makes me happy!
Well, you know. I don't think I would have stayed in the open long enough to stab him any more than I thought would be fatal, especially since I knew his brother was around there somewhere.

I seriously love the portrayal of women on this show.

They're women. You know, like, real women. Not superwomen. Not dolls.

Like people. With tits.
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