I used to love watching this show, for many
years. I had to stop watching it about 7 years because I
just had too many shows to watch, and honestly, I prefer
superhero and scifi shows to most regular dramas or
However, the cast is great, and the actors
are very good. They have some outstanding guest stars, too.
I have to admit that it was definitely better when
Mandy Patinkin was the leader (he left after two seasons).
It was sad when he left.
Another reason that I think I had to quit
watching was that the show was just so incredibly lurid and
violent at times -- it just got to be too much, especially
since I was also watching "Law & Order: SVU," which is
another show that is lurid and violent. Even though the good
guys usually catch the bad guys in the end, it can be hard
to watch after awhile.
It strains credibility, too. There just
aren't that many serial killers in the real world (thank
goodness!)....at least, as far as we know. The FBI says
there aren't too many, but some experts believe that there
are more serial killers, but they're just not getting caught
so easily. My mind prefers to believe the first. Also, most
crime statistics tell us that most violent crimes are
committed by people you know. So that means, if there are
more serial killers, they're only killing their own friends
and family. At least, I hope so.
One of the strengths
of this show, though, despite my missing Mandy, is that it
has had many stars come and go, and yet it survived for 15
years. That's a long time for any drama. Also, unlike the
long-running shows Law & Order, NCIS and CSI, there hasn't
been a string of successful spinoffs. They tried twice:
First, with "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" and then with
"Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders." It just didn't work
because the writing was not as good on either show. They
both had great casts, but you need to have excellent writing
to go with the excellent acting.
"Criminal Minds" never seemed to run
out of ideas, but I guess the fans finally had enough, since
the past few years, the ratings dropped. I think a lot of
that had to do with Shemar Moore leaving the show in 2017.
The show was in the top 20, but it dropped after he left.
Thomas Gibson leaving the next year probably didn't help,
either. All good things must come to an end.
set is really amazing. It's huge. The covers have beautiful
photos of the cast, and there are many features, lasting
over 17 hours. This is great for any true fan of the show.
This is one you will want to get - to collect, or to watch
over and over.
MINDS: THE FINAL SEASON /
THE COMPLETE SERIES
Street Date: April 14, 2020
Criminal Minds follows the
Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they embark on an epic
manhunt for ‘The Chameleon’ a.k.a Everett Lynch (Michael
Mosey, Ozark), a serial killer that escaped and
nearly killed David Rossi (Joe Mantegna, The Godfather
III) again. The BAU’s most experienced agent is David
(Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who is essential
in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include
Special Agent Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster, Batman and
Harley Quinn), the daughter of high powered diplomats
who returns to the team after being the head profiler at
Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray
Gubler, 500 days of Summer), a classically
misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his
intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer "JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook,
Final Destination 2), the team’s former unit
liaison-turned-profiler who juggles motherhood and marriage
with the same skill as solving cases; Penelope Garcia
(Kirsten Vangsness) the team’s indispensable computer wizard
who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara
Lewis (Aisha Tyler, Ghost Whisperer), a forensic
psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing
serial killers after they’re captured to determine if they
are able to stand trial; Luka Alvarez (Adam Rodriguez,
“Empire”), a former Army ranger and excellent tracker
recruited from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and the newest
member of the BAU team, Special Agent Matt Simmons (Daniel
Henney, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), an ex-Delta
soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops
expertise. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues
its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint
predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers
in the attempt to stop them.
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