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  Criminal Minds: The Complete Series

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 4/10/20

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 comedies.

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!) 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.

The DVD 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.


Street Date: April 14, 2020
Format: DVD
Description: 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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