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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
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"In movies, UNSUBs are called villains."

being a review, after a fashion, of Criminal Minds 06x21, "The Stranger." Written by Kimberly Ann Harrison and Rick Dunkle, directed by Nelson McCormick.



Oh, we're going to have to live through everybody's misery again.

Really? That's what you guys do on a night out? Deconstruct horror movies? That's my job.

Actually, this is pretty well done.

Reid's little squeals of glee are so very disturbing. I liked Strauss better when she was a more nuance character. She's boring as a one-note bad guy.

Mmm. Didn't need the slasher bits again, personally, but I guess there's a thematic thing going on there.

"This guy could be impotent...."

"I could drive. It's just the government wouldn't issue me a license." There's a great little character bit there.

Seaver's really good with the roomie. It's nice to see her given the chance to shine.

And Garcia is gorgeous in green and lavender.

Okay, I knew the bit with the cameraphone was coming, but that worked really well on me.

"He sat here tweeting while Lori bled to death."
The tweeting meta cracks me up. That is such a fun game.

Reid and Rossi going over the scene is nicely done. I like the way the horror movie deconstruction isw coming together.

Oh, Garcia's spring wardrobe. <3

And the incredibly orderly pantry is wonderfully creepy. But man, could these victims have less agency?

Authoritarian Hotch is authoritarian.

"Hold my gun and watch this!"
It's Action!Rossi

Wow. Chad Todhunter is really goddamned good at his job. Oh! Good vs. Evil! That's where I know him from. Awesome show. Thank you, IMDB.

Go, Seaver.
Hey, Rossi got to shoot somebody!

"Sometimes we do everything right and we still lose."

"But?"
"No."

Okay, the Strauss at the end of the episode is the character I like. Nice pull out, and a pretty good ep.



Ed, we're gonna miss you, man. Minor complaints aside, this too was My Show.



This is an OSHA-Approved Cop Show. We have gone nine (9) episodes without a main-cast involved shooting....

Derek Morgan tied for first place in the roll of the damned at 5.5. (Charm & Harm (split with Elle), Lessons Learned, Open Season (split with Prentiss), Legacy (split with Hotch, Prentiss, and the CotW), and Minimal Loss (three in the center of mass). Also, "Outfoxed," more or less in extremis. A full audience participation suicide by cop in "Our Longest Night".  And partial creit for "The Thirteenth Step.")

Aaron Hotchner, maintaining the tie with 5.5 (The Tribe, A Real Rain, Legacy (split with Morgan, Prentiss, and the CotW), and Catching Out--and then he beat George Foyet to death with his bare hands in 100. And now the knife-wielding UNSUB in "What Happens at Home..." in like the single most blase shooting in the history of Criminal Minds. And also partial credit for "The Thirteenth Step.").

Emily Prentiss, third place with either 4 or 3.5, depending on whether one of those offscreen gunshots in Open Season was actually hers, or if all three were Morgan's. I award her the kill because of her reaction on the plane afterward. The .25 is the other quarter of Charles Holcomb in Legacy, who went down like Frankie. The first 1 is the suicide-by-cop in "Lo-Fi." The second 1 is Dale Schrader in "Retaliation." Which could have been Morgan's kill, but I'm giving it to Emily because the hostage seems madder at her later. Death-by-pissed-off-girlnerd of James Thomas in "Compromising Positions." And now, the hail of gunfire in "The Thirteenth Step.")

Future vigilante killer Elle Greenaway: holding on to fourth with 2.5 (Extreme Aggressor, Charm & Harm (split with Morgan), Aftermath)

Rossi: climbs to 5th with 2.25, in his very first episode (About Face). Having established that he is a badass, did not then badass until "The Thirteenth Step." That's over three seasons. ("Welcome to the Enterprise. Would you like to beat up my Klingon?") Then takes out the bad guy with surgical precision in "The STranger." Hotch should probably get partial credit for risking his neck playing distraction.

The mild-mannered but deadly Dr. Spencer Reid, falling to 6th place at 2 kills (LDSK; Revelations)

JJ: 1, in Penelope. And RIGHT THROUGH THE FBI SEAL. Hello Symbolism Much? Also, three dogs and my eternal respect. She is 1:1 bullets:kills.

Seaver: No bodies yet

Garcia still doesn't kill people.

Gideon has never discharged his weapon. However, he has beaten somebody all to hell with a clubbed shotgun.

This is still like one season of CSI: Miami.



Maybe I should start keeping track of injuries to the team... nah, too much work.
Tags: geeks with guns, the size of your honor guard
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