TV Show Reviews
Minds: Beyond Borders" review by Suzanne
I've watched "Criminal Minds" for many years, until a few
years ago when I just had to give it up because I have other
shows I like better, and there's just not enough time in my
day. I thought the first few years were best, when
Mandy Patinkin was the star of the show. I don't know why
they suddenly decided to do a spin-off of that show, but it
seems a little late now.
Airs Wednesdays, 10/9c on CBS
The writing of this new show
is hit-or-miss. Sometimes it's a really interesting story,
but then it will have really clunky dialogue. I like
Gary Sinise a lot (he stars as Jack), but the rest of the
cast is pretty boring. They seemed to be trying to
match the cast with the original, like they have some kind
of checkbox. Black guy-check. Fat girl-check. Strong-jawed
hero - check. Damaged woman - check. Pretentious
quotes - check. None of the characters here are nearly
as interesting as the characters of the original "Criminal
Minds." The actors do a fine job, don't get me wrong.
They're just not as interesting or as well-written as Reid,
Hotch, Morgan or Garcia. Call it the "NCIS: Los Angeles"
This show does seem to be less violent and
gross, less horrifying, than the original show, so it gets
points for that. The focus is less on serial killers and
more on international incidents. This special team,
unlike the other one, deals with Americans who get murdered
or go missing in foreign countries. This gives the
show a lot of chances to wave the flag and tell us how much
greater the US is than other countries, so that's kind of
gross. It's like they're crossing NCIS with Criminal Minds.
Maybe in time, they'll develop better stories and
characters, and give us more insight into Jack and his crew.
One can only hope!
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