Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review for the episode 'True Genius'



A series of murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tale signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have the BAU wondering if the notorious serial killer has returned. Also, Reid ponders if he should be doing more with his genius abilities.

I was a little confused at first, what the music and the clothing. I was happy though, a minute later, when I realized it wasn’t a flashback.

The good: First, I have to say…Kitty Ears! Ah, Penelope, you are breath of fresh air amongst the many gruesome scenes and discussions on this show. Bonus: the glasses and lipstick match the ears!

Murder mysteries based on real-life killers make for interesting plots. Although you can quickly figure out where the details came from, just as Rossi and Morgan did, the copycat’s knowledge of the original crimes made it more real.

I am impressed with the slight twist there towards the end, where it could be either Harvey or Caleb as the killer, and their discussion is slightly creepy.

The bad: I wasn’t impressed with the casting for the unsub(s). They both seemed to scream stereotype to me. It didn’t take much to convince me they were the bad guys.

Also, while most of the Reid sub-plot flowed smoothly, the beginning scene at the seminar felt like a last minute add-on. The awkward public speaking thing with a large group was done in season 4 with in a classroom.

2 comments:

  1. "Also, while most of the Reid sub-plot flowed smoothly, the beginning scene at the seminar felt like a last minute add-on. The awkward public speaking thing with a large group was done in season 4 with in a classroom."

    Just wanted to address this. I think the beginning was necessary to set up the subplot. They needed Reid to run into the college student so that he could start questioning what he was doing with his life. Not that it was the only way they could have arranged that, but it did seem to be the reason they did it.

    I'm also of two minds as to the fact that something similar happened in season 4. On the one hand, I'd say it's a nice bit of realism. I'm guessing members of the BAU do give multiple talks and lectures over the course of their careers. So, to indicate that it's not a one time thing is a nice touch. But, on the other hand, obviously public speaking of that sort isn't Reid's forte, so you'd think he would decline. Since this was a Reid episode, it had to be him, to get the whole subplot going. But, if not for that, any two profilers could have been at the signing and talking to the audience.

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  2. I was also less than impressed with Harvey and Caleb. Caleb was a bit over the top and Harvey was not the sharpest tool in the shed for somebody who was supposed to have an I.Q. of 160. I've written about the episode here: Criminal Minds - True Genius.

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