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  Criminal Minds: The Final Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 4/10/20

This season, 15, and the one before it, 14, were not as good as the previous seasons. Ratings fell quite a lot, and there were too many cast changes. I think the writing was ok, but it's hard to deal with so many changes, over 15 years, and still keep the show fresh. The show had its highest ratings in season 7, and it kept going downhill after that, so maybe they should have stopped at 10. But usually, TV doesn't work like that. They keep going until everyone is tired of it, and they get canceled. That's certainly what happened here.

If you had stopped watching in season 10 and then tuned back in for season 15, you wouldn't even recognize the cast. The show has always had a great ensemble cast with many fine people, but you can't make so many drastic changes in a short time and expect to keep viewers' interest.

It's not a terrible group of shows in the last season, but the last couple of episodes felt rushed (especially the finale), since they had a shortened season. At least they did know ahead of time that this was their last season, so they could prepare somewhat.

I still think that it's a good set to have, though, if you have the others in the collection. There are quite a few special features that deal with the ending of the show, so it's a little sad, but sentimental. It would have been much better if they'd been able to bring back the cast that was gone, but they did kill off Mandy Patinkin's character, Gideon, who was my favorite. Shemar Moore (Derek) was apparently too busy over at his new show, "S.W.A.T." Thomas Gibson (who played Hotch) left after getting into a fight with a writer, so he was not going to come back. Do we care if any of the others returned? No, we do not.

What's silly is that the cover features Rossi with jet-black hair. He hasn't had that in a LOOOOONG time. I guess they figure you might not buy the set if it's got an old guy.  UGH!


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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