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it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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"Do you believe in the soul?"

Criminal Minds 4x17, "Demonology," written by Chris Mundy, directed by Edward Allen Bernero

Doors and lamps on either side.

Awkward conversation with ex-boyfriend is awkward. And manipulative. And he's lying.

Garcia's bubbliness does not survive contact with Emily's grief. Paget is good at her job.
"Is Hotch still here?"
"Oh, I'm pretty sure he lives here."
And Mom tries to nurture Emily, and Emily just wants permission to investigate. And the team is there for her in her moment of human need, which is nice.

And in a Spartan room, a priest burns a photograph.

The team is subdued. And the medical examiner dismisses the ligature marks.

"Do you believe in the soul?"
Reid gives her the look, and Rossi answers.

JJ's non-answer on the question of drug addiction is nice. Not a lie.
Emily Prentiss, bad influence.

Garcia cracks the case!
And Rossi spots the pattern.

"I know the bible just as well as anyone."
"It's possible the stress involved could cause a heart attack, especially in someone with a history of drug use." Nice glance down there, Reid.

"Not every priest believes in demonic possession."
"So if children are born innocent, at what point does evil enter them?" Thematic statement! Drink!
I love Jimmy the priest.
"Take good care of her. And you."

And the killer priest gets his orders. Bye bye, Patrick Cavanaugh.

Morgan, the voice of reason. How weird is that?
Emily, Emily. Well, that explains a lot about you, doesn't it?

Morgan *and* Reid all dressed up at the same time. How weird is that? (Also, Reid's watchchain cracks me up. Nobody's going to believe that a thing in late season SU got wrote lo these many months ago. I begin to think the CM folks are reading my brain. Where's my tingfoil hat?)

They're working this one on the D/L, and it's very cool the tensions it causes in the team.
Also, I love Hotch watching over his team from above. And Rossi's bulldog personality comes to the fore.
"It's about evil. We attack it with analysis and diligence."

Amusement value: Emily's hatred for politics means that she badly needs Hotch, who also hates politics, but he will play the game.
And Rossi is a good friend.
The Catholic and the lapsed Catholic (I'm interested that Emily turns out to have that background) make good focus characters for this ep.

"If we keep pushing you have to be prepared." Funny, didn't somebody say that to Reid earlier this season?
These guys can face anything.

"Even a priest can have a psychotic break."
Reid lunges for the door, and his cellphone.

Emily speaks Italian! Drink! Reid does not, also drink.

"Where's Hotch?"
"He's on the phone with the State Department."

"You know the power of evil. You've been fighting it a long time."
"Be strong. The storm's almost over."

Hotch stammers on the word "voluntarily."
Morgan said realpolitique!

Emily's trust in Hotch is very nice. She's furious, but she listens to him.
And Rossi dodges the system. ;-)
I'm really fond of Rossi in this episode.

Oh, look, crazy parents are bad for children. Drink!
Nice, Mom. Blame it on Emily.

And Rossi has a plan.

"Don't protect them. They didn't protect you when you were a little boy." Now *that* is an interesting line. Who is he talking to, and what's the referent?

"I'm sorry I wasn't there for you. In Italy."
Yeah, she is too, man.

"If you want my gun and badge, I understand."

"You've all just made the world a much more dangerous place."

"We all have to be certain."

"Don't tell me you do this job and don't believe [in evil]."
"I believe there are evil acts. But those are choices. Brain chemistry."
"I think deep down we're all capable of unspeakable things. Where it starts or what you call it, I don't know."
Thematic statement! Drink!

"Thank you."

Dueling Joyce quotes! And Rossi gets the one that disses the church.

And Emily walks to a cathedral, and can't go inside. And there she is, with her old photograph and her stigmata. In front of doors with lamps on either side.


In the Criminal Minds of Chris Mundy, God does exist. And he is not always a benevolent influence. I am moved to compare this episode with "Revelations," unsurprisingly, and with "Lucky" and "Penelope," and the arguments about the influence of religion we get there.

It's *always* more complicated.

Of course, we are just kind of making up the religion as we go along, but that's TV for you.

Boy, isn't this full of unanswered questions and an elegaic feel? Maybe too full of them: we didn't find out the truth, we didn't even really get the bad guy. We saved a life, but not the one Emily would have preferred to have saved.

Nobody gets any justice. Not the murdered men, not Emily. Not the audience.

But then, nobody ever did.

Must be the middle of the season. I'm calling that one a lose as well.

Tags: geeks with guns

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