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Criminal Minds 3x14, DAMAGED, spoileriffical

Okay. That was... adequate. Not the best episode of CM ever, but a perfectly functional one, and neck-deep in fan service.

It did had some fabulous lines.

And it opens with a dream sequence....



Rossi, nightmares, toys, blood. The toes are a nice touch. Is the palm across the face the universal sign for "nightmare" since the silent screen days? PTSD! Drink!

We paid good money to dress Penelope's apartment set, and by god we will use it.

"You're coming in!"

Rossi is an asshole. Drink!
Rossi is behind the times, and sexist. Drink, drink.

"Unloofaed." That scream you just heard was as if a million Garcia/Morgan shippers cried out, and were silenced.

Nice ink, Nicky!

CM contradicts its own canon, drink. (However, unlike the first season comment that there were no fraternization rules, this one is, I think, in like with official Bureau policy. More honored in the breach than in the observance...)

Stripper FTW! She's not ending up in no Tom Waits song.
"Freak." That's not Rossi, sweetheart. He's still on the plane. Also, check the back seat before you get in the car.
Oh, look. Toys.

A Rossi quote, and some stock footage of Indianapolis. And we're quoting neuroscientists now.
"Sit." Oh, JJ. I love you. And I love Garcia too. The women on this show rock.

And Prentiss notices the picky detail.

"Rossi is the reason most of these fraternization rules even exist." heh. "Doesn't showering with somebody always seem like a better idea before you actually do it."
JJ and Garcia, The Friendship, is a thing of beauty.

Okay, Haley still calling Hotch's cell phone twenty times a day? You lose that privilege when you file for divorce.

Reid with snow globe, trying to protect Hotch: pure comedy gold.

Reid just got fangirled by Assitant Warden Merriman. OMG. Either than, or that was a totally blatant pass. 
And he's a serial killer fan.

"It's not our first time in a prison." And yet, Hotch, you make a totally basic mistake. I refer you to yourself, earlier this season, about keeping one's mind on the job.

PTSD! Drink!

"I sort of punched a guy."
The damaged family, clinging together, is heartbreaking. Look! Toys!

Yeah, Everybody's damaged. Rossi, Reid, Hotch. The survivors. And the monster.

"Sometimes, in these interviews, they talk about crimes they were never charged with, so it might even be more."
"It's never less?"
"...no."
Spencer, you enjoyed that.

Hotch explains projection. Drink.

"Chains up time, right?"
"That's probably a good idea."
"No, that won't be necessary."
"It... won't?"
Matthew? I love you unreservedly for understanding your character, internalizing him, and making him real and consistent. Not forgetting his damage is a wonderful way to do that, even when the script doesn't demand that you remember. It's obvious that you get that guy you're playing, and you have a great deal of compassion for him. That's good acting, man. Bravo.

Garcie with blue hair is love.

"Rossi is a guy who color codes his handwritten notes in his notebooks." Okay, Paget has exactly one meaty scene in this episode, and she works it like a working thing. (Also, the Prentiss/Morgan shippers are loving this blocking.) "The guy is a fussy, anal-retentive neat freak who never leaves anything out of its place. I would say this is a scream for help." Detail Girl can profile. It's nice to see her back on the job and competent in character, rather than being the obligatory ingenue. She makes a lousy ingenue. She makes a fabulous Competent Broad.

Emily calls Garcia Penelope.

"Jet's available."
"Let's go."
Rossi may not have accepted that they are his, yet. But they have claimed him as theirs.
I love these fictional people.
And Garcia watches them leave. Like she does.

"Yeah, he died a year ago." Everything marches on except you, obsession boy.

"I know. I own it." Dave. Dave, Dave, Dave. Have you considered knitting
Have the lambs stopped screaming, Clarice?

This episode is tiny short scenes, and tiny short acts. It's one long jump cut.

"Look, I don't mean to be a hardass."
"You going in?"
"No, I have nightmares about it."

You know, that ties us back to Morgan's and Reid's nightmares, from first season.

"It's customary--"
And the interviewee lies, of course. And Hotch provokes.
Bridgeport? Still funny.
"At this point, lying to us isn't really possible. Or helpful."

Penelope is my favorite character anywhere, ever. In the history of the world. "Girlfriend?" And then she kicks his ass.
"...somewhere between a Commodore 64 and a block of Government cheese. Call me."
I love her.
Love.
Unmitigated.
Unrivalled.
Love.

"Nobody gives a damn about the truth."

Garcia's lipstick has changed between scenes. /shallow.
"Yeah, uh, sir, see, I'm sorry--" And she's brave and honest and true.
Rossi is behind the times again. Drink, anger-management man.

"I don't need anybody's damn help."
Oh, Dave. yes you do. May I suggest you start with a competent behavioral therapist, and maybe consider moving up to somebody who can prescribe?

"It'll be summer soon."
"But not for you."

"I thought you wanted to hear the truth."
Very interesting, Hotch actually making mistakes here. How unHotchlike. He's losing this fight. Though the Bored!Hotch as a little teapot is lovely.
"They were toys."

"From the moment I decided to kill them, they were dead. They begged, they cried, they bargained, and it didn't matter."
Oh yeah. Reid remembers. PTSD! Drink! But he's still thinking.

"Let's pack it up."
"Shouldn't we at least--"
"No."
Reid is in control of this, and Hotch isn't. That is a new and interesting character twist.
"It took me less than five to do this."

I had wondered on first watch if Hotch and Reid had orchestrated this confrontation. But no. Hotch is just... not thinking about his job. "So you planned to be locked inside with me."
Apparently, Ed Kemper did something very like that to John Douglas (ETA, it was Ressler. My bad.). I've read the account. Kemper being Kemper, however, he just pointed out what he could have done....

"I don't need a gun." Refrain! Drink!

"Unfortunately for you, I am not a five foot tall hundred pound girl." Hotch would really like an excuse to hit something. Hotch trash-talking is lovely.

"If you're buying, I'm drinking."
"I can make anything a BAU case." JJ is the secret master of the FBI! Drink!

"Because you do." There is no I in team, Rossi.

And Reid, with the profile? Really doesn't need a gun. Filibuster, Reid! Filibuster!
There's a bit of Reid profiling himself there, as we might expect. "You mother's bipolar. And almost certainly an undifferentiated schizophrenic."
Nothing is more interesting than hearing somebody else talk about us.
Spencer has his mojo back.

"You said your victims never had a chance. I think you know deep down it was you who really never had a chance." Thematic statement.

"Is that true? I never had a chance?"
"I dunno. Maybe."
...

Yeah.

"Guy wasn't gonna win any IQ contests."
It's like Gremlins. Except instead of dad stuck in the chimney, it was an axe murder.

The lambs have not stopped screaming, Clarice.
Rossi wants badly to have somebody to hang that on.

Alicia with the blue streaks in her hair and the "Call me." And the smooching interruptus. Hee. Paralleles, parallels.

"I brought the team."
Toys!
"I never sent you any gifts." Rossi cracks the case!

"These are incredibly cheap."
Morgan actually does his job! Drink! My god, they remembered his speciality.
"So, guilt-laden."
Prentiss cracks the case!
"Like Lenny in Of Mice And Men." Drink!

"I find that I do some of my best work under intense terror."
Aww, Hotch is confidy. (And there go all the Hotch/Reid slashers.)
"I guess you didn't really help."
Oh, look, Matthew Gray Gubler grew a nose. About time that cartilage caught up with the rest of his face!

Garcia cracks the case!
Rossi cracks the case!

Evil clown! Evil clown!

Wow. Rossi actually looked hot there for a second. God help me. It was the profile, and the Clint Eastwood squint.

JJ with the sexist comment!
JJ and Morgan, not a teamup we usually see.

"I'd like to talk to you about one of your clowns"

"Clown."

"I was too late. I couldn't save them." Refrain, drink.

Okay, this is a really effective scene. The intercutting, the father telling his son not to fight, the dialogue. Wow. "You're a really good boy." Oh, God.

Rossi and the kids is a little more heavyhanded, including the lingering shot of the three of them as children.

Well, thank god that plotline is resolved. I can has my ensemble back nao?

"My team," Rossi says at the end. I love that he didn't get a monster. Twenty years... and he was hunting a confused child. Oh, that's my show.

Oh, that's gotta sting.

And meanwhile, back at the ranch, Reid FTW: "Ultimately... uneventful."

JJ with the singing.
"Just when I thought nothing scandalous was ever going to happen around here."
Reid and Prentiss are the best. Oh, and Reid? You'll lose that pesky virginity someday.
...today is not that day, however.

And Aaron signs the divorce paperwork. No ring.
Alas.

Nice camerawork in this ep.

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