Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - 1104. Outlaw - Promo Video

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - 1103. 'Til Death Do Us Part - Comments Thread

This thread is open for you all to post comments and talk about tonight's new CRIMINAL MINDS episode, titled ''Til Death Do Us Part', written by Karen Maser and directed by series star Joe Mantegna.

Hope you've enjoyed today's episode, and remember that next week we'll have a brand new one!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - 1102. The Witness - Review

My hat's off to Criminal Minds writer Sharon Lee Watson and returning director John Terlesky: I totally loved this episode despite -- or maybe because -- I spent the first 5 minutes totally flabbergasted, wondering if I was going to pound my head against the wall repeatedly from severe displeasure. KUDOS, MS. WATSON!

Mr. Shaggy & Ms. Super-Prim: now does this look like a well-matched couple to you?

When first we see the hapless Charlie Senarak, he is digging a shallow grave somewhere in the middle of the night. For the initial several minutes of the episode, it looked like the classic [let us reveal and explain the UnSub to the audience right off the bat] pattern I've come to know and loathe.

But wait -- it turns out to be quite the opposite, as all of the circumstantial "evidence" is explained away and instead, we watch a very beige person [to use Garcia's perfectly apt phrasing] slide over into a deep angry red as he gets get stuck between a rock [let's not forget that he accidentally killed his wife's lover, manslaughter maybe, but still DOA] and a hard place [really unfortunate timing which brings him to the attention of the FBI] -- both of which are being mercilessly squeezed against him by the true UnSub. Ouch!

To the diabolically manipulative Mitchell Crossford, Charley must've seemed like a winning Lotto ticket: someone who conveniently offs his recalcitrant brother, Theo Koutranis, AND provides a handy patsy with a plausible motivation for the sarin attack on the bus. (Nice red herring with the pony-tailed blond hurrying to catch her doomed ride, by the way.)  


Tim Kang as Charley Senarak - What a revelation! The only role that I vaguely knew this actor from was as a stoic law enforcement character on THE MENTALIST, a show I didn't follow.  Here, Mr. Kang got to show his range (and his rage) from hapless cuckolded husband, frazzled & unwitting murderer, loving father, and screaming maniac who's been pushed too far. He was able to keep my sympathy while at the same time demonstrating why perhaps his onscreen wife would've gotten bored and become susceptible to the machinations of the cult-raised brothers.

Also, thumbs up to Krish Ribeiro of Criminal Minds Wardrobe Dept., as well as the Hairstyling Team for selecting clothes and coiffures which effectively portray the differences in poor Charley's unraveling homelife and Ms. Perky Team Leader. Which brings us to...

Samantha Sloyan as Tracy Senarak - Ms. Sloyan is apparently styled as Super Bitch (more on the powers of the MakeUp Team later). The headshot I linked to above shows a fresh-faced actor who seems approachable, whereas Tracy (in the screencap paired with Charley) is a lying, careless, self-righteous adulterer who gives up her husband to Rossi more quickly than I'm able to snag an order of fries at a McDonald's. NICE LADY.

"Theo was...persistent." Oh, so YOUR willpower had nothing to do with the situation? I could go on and on (and on and on) about her character's unlikable qualities -- which Ms. Sloyan carries quite off convincingly but with an excellent veneer of normalcy -- but I think I've made my point. ;-)

Marisol Nichols as Agent Natalie Colfax -Was it my imagination? Or was there a certain sparkle in this SAC's eye when she rose to greet Hotch upon his arrival? Okay sure, I am TOTALLY biased in favor of our fearless BAU leader, but from their chitchat, clearly the two characters knew each other. I don't mean that they had a thing, but who DOESN'T appreciate an extremely capable visiting colleague who's also supremely easy on the eyes?

Stephen Kilcullen as Mitchell Crossford - We don't actually see a lot of him onscreen, but his voice acting was great: insinuating, dominating, calculating -- all the "-atings" you can think of that are in the handy dandy sociopath's toolkit. And well done to Mr. Kilcullen (and Sharon Lee Watson) for being able to loom over the proceedings from largely offscreen.

Definitely my favorite scene with poor Charley.  Who HASN'T wanted to yell at pushy people? ;-)


So far, I am liking Dr. Tara Lewis' calm, professional demeanor. Aisha Tyler's portrayal of her as someone with unflappable poise, as befits a mature agent able to handle a high pressure on-the-job interview (who can still roll up her sleeves and find common ground with deeply disturbed killers) makes a welcome change from Jennifer Love Hewitt's endlessly perky FBI jailbait Agent Kate Whatserface (Hey -- she was jailbait: that was Agent Kate's job... and yes, I've totally forgotten the character's surname).

Once again, the writers seem to be creating more of a rapport between Reid and the new, older female agent (shades of Jeanne Tripplehorn's departed character!) [Mother figure issues? Why would you say that? Just because Diana Reid is a permanent resident in a sanitarium...] If the powers that be continue to INSIST on foisting another cast member on us, we could do soooooo much worse.

Please stop gilding the lily, as Ms. Tyler is perfectly capable of carrying off a matte shade lipstick with pizzaz.
My only quibble with the otherwise promising addition of Dr. Lewis is the ultraglossy lip gloss the makeup team has decided is her "look" -- I find it highly irritating to be distracted by it in every scene with her character, the same way TVs in restaurants drive me nuts: that is NOT the reason I'm present, but my eyes keep focusing on the bright, shiny object. BAH! It may sound like an odd gripe to have, but I'd like to concentrate on the scene's actions, emotions, or dialogue -- not on the urge to beg Dr. Lewis to wipe her mouth and apply some matte shade of lipstick like every other female BAU member [most of the time*], for heaven's sake! (Yes, I'm shallow -- sue me. But let's also remember that the ubiquitous HDTVs common in most households are MERCILESS.)
See? No shiny lips on Agent Colfax but shiny -- even in profile -- on Dr. Lewis.


While I was a bit underwhelmed with the season 11 premiere episode (and in fact, have not finished watching the last 10 minutes -- sacrilege, I know) THE WITNESS blew my socks off! Re-watching it to take notes for my review was no hardship at all, and in fact, was lots of fun :-)

Like the Project Runway judges I now try to approach episodes on an "unidentified" basis, where I don't know the team behind each episode. That way I don't bring certain expectations with me when I watch the episode initially. I also try to diligently avoid any and all spoilers beforehand. In this case, my spoiler-free, "blind" viewing policy paid off handsomely. GO, SHARON, GO!

* [every other one, except Garcia of the pink CV paper... Garcia is superhuman in her cyber skills, but pretty much the antithesis of a professional woman in a large, formal organization. WHAT! Am I wrong?!?]


CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - What's the Deal with the Dirty Dozen? - TVGuide MegaBuzz

Criminal Minds set up an intriguing season-long plotline in its premiere, with incarcerated, mouth-stitched contract killer Montolo taunting Morgan (Shemar Moore) that he's targeting the Dirty Dozen -- and you'll learn more about them in Wednesday's episode...

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - People's Choice Awards 2016 - Selection of Nominees Voting Open!

Once again the votes to nominate shows and actors for the People's Choice Awards is open, and Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore and Kirsten Vangsness are contenders to be nominated!

To vote go to:
  • For Criminal Minds as Favorite TV Crime Drama: HERE
  • For Thomas Gibson & Shemar Moore as Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: HERE
  • For Kirsten Vangsness as Favorite Crime TV Drama Actress: HERE
Remember that you can vote as many times and as often as you want. Good Luck to all!

Monday, October 12, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 11 - 1103. 'Til Death Do Us Part - Joe Mantegna sits in director's chair [Video]


Throughout his long and varied career, actor Joe Mantegna has starred in films ranging from "Celebrity" to "The Godfather Part III." With that, has come a chance to work alongside excellent directors, too. "God, I've worked with some of the greatest directors in the world," Mantegna said. "I've worked with Francis Coppola, Barry Levinson, Woody Allen, David Mamet -- the list goes on. I've been blessed with that." Now for the third time, Mantegna will be the one sitting in the director's chair for "Criminal Minds," the police-procedural drama he's starred in since 2007. He directed...

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