being a review of sorts of Criminal Minds 06x22, "Out of the Light," written by Roger Hedden, directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
Ooo, CM steals the Flashpoint opening trick. And does it well. I like the cold open a lot.
Reid's clinical detachment creeps out another bystander.
Understrength team is understrength. Also? dynamic all wrong without the women. It becomes more and more obvious--especially as the victims are women, and the field team is almost all men.
I probably should be writing something right now, but I'm totally distracted by the tension in the episode and Morgan's forearms.
Blue is definitely Garcia's color. This writer is not much for the snappy banter, but he's got a good handle on the characters.
"They like to operate without a spouse looking over their shoulder." "Don't we all." Seaver: made of win and puppies. And Rossi snorts approval: is she to be his understudy in snark?
Oh, Sheriff. This is not how we do things. That was the Very Quiet Hotchalance.
Angry Rossi is angry.
Oh, and Seaver gets to do big girl things. And withholding Hotch is withholding.
Reid and Morgan crack the case!
The tenser things get, the faster Hotch talks.
Ooo, and Rossi has the keys to Talbot. Nice.
"I told you not to lie." Lies and liers. Drink!
Are we going to have to add creeeeepy wind chimes to the list? Hey, it's the official CM Creepy Barn in a recurring cameo!
"What? My second wife was crafty!" Yeah, Rossi's a secret stained glass crafter.
Morgan and Garcia crack the case!
Action!Morgan! Now with stealth!Hotch. Wow, two officer-involved shootings in a row. A rarity.
CM is really beating the odds on CPR...
Oh, evil mastermind escapes.
"Soccer formations?" "I'm Italian."
Aww. Mantegna gets to use his physical comedy chops, even if briefly.
Well, that was a perfectly cromulent monster-of-the-week episode. And some nice character bits. I give it a B.
This is an OSHA-Approved Cop Show. We have gone zero (0) episodes without a main-cast involved shooting....
Aaron Hotchner, establishes a clear lead with 6.5 (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.Also partial credit for "The Thirteenth Step." And underwater slaughter in "Out of the Light.").
Derek Morgan falls to second 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 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) despite not having been with the show for 4.75 seasons now.
Rossi: climbs to 5th with 2.25, the first 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
Garciastilldoesn't kill people.
Gideon has never discharged his weapon. However, he has beaten somebody all to hell with a clubbed shotgun.