Premiered on September 22, 2005, on CBS, Criminal Minds have maintained their position as one of the best crime thriller shows on television. Criminal Minds is an American police procedural drama that follows an elite team of FBI criminal profilers as they catch the crime in action.
Unlike many other criminal shows that I have watched in my time, Criminal Minds explores a concept way beyond the actual crime and actually explores the mind of the criminal - What they are thinking? What provoked the crime etc; This aspect reduces the repetitive nature that many similar crime dramas possess which is also a factor that continues to motivate me to be glued to the show.
With that said, Criminal Minds started its Season 7 just in September, that followed closely to the cliffhanger -- the "alleged" death of Emily Prentiss and departure of Jennifer Jareau(J.J.) that concluded season 6.
With the story of Emily all over, season 7 begins to unravel the truth behind Dr. Reid's headaches.
Here is just a brief run down of the season thus far, Episode 1 : It sets off with flashbacks of the team undergoing an investigation to find the supposed killer of Emily Prentiss, Darren Doyle. The scene then transitions into a room where each member of the FBI are being interrogated to determine whether their actions were under misconduct or whether their actions were only a "bandanna". Emily returns and the team discovers her death was a faux cover up, implanted by the unit chief, Aaron Hotchner and J.J. As the episode progresses, the crew was able to convince the Board that their actions were an endeavor to protect the nation "from all enemies, both foreign and domestic..." The crew was able to track Doyle and save his abducted son from the two major national threatening criminals. However, Doyle dies in a confrontation battle between the mother of his child and her partner who are out for revenge.
Episode 2 : A man who is mentally ill murders several women after torturing and diffusing their senses with concentrated Sulfuric Acid. It is later discovered that the ill man has grew an obsession with his now sister-in-law and has been repeating a memory of their childhood where she described him as being disgusting. This caused him to become delusional and from there, provoking him to torture the females by taking away their senses in which they tried to reject him from.
Episode 3 : A man goes on a killing spree after having been inflicted with a head trauma. The trauma provokes him to relive his experiences in the navy where his secret missions had made him paranoid about his family and considered whether they were actually "imposers" or not. Episode 4 : This episode returns to an earlier episode where 13 students were killed in a high school massacre. In memory of the North High shooting, an ex-student who also attended to school, returns to kill the remaining students who managed to escape that horrific day. With the survivors dying one by one, the agents are on the rush to find the criminal to find out that he was also a victim of that day. Episode 5 : (This episode kind of freaked me out) Experiencing a troubled childhood, he pushed his mother off a bridge believing that it was what his mother truly wanted, but his delusional mind was set right after the agents revealed that he was the one who killed his mother. Meanwhile, David Rossi discovers his ex-wife is diagnosed with ALS disease with only a few more months to live. Episode 6 : Haunted by his tortures as a child, where he experiences a close to death experience, a man replicates his experiences in order to acquire the answer to an answerless question. "What is the light of the after life?" Episode 7 : Missing parts from dead bodies raise the concern of the FBI crew as a murderer is adding chaos to already the terrorized tornado nation. A symphorophiliac, begins killing innocent runaway children where he takes their individual body parts to build his very own "Frankenstein".
Although the season has yet to fully explore the reason behind Dr. Reid's, I am anticipating what the upcoming episodes have in store.
If you would like more insights into a life of a criminal's mind, follow reelwire as we explore each episode in depth. I will also give you my personal perspectives of each episode.