Saturday, February 20, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite Unsubs - Part 6

Megan Kane, portrayed by Brianna Brown, in Pleasure is My Business (S4, Ep 16)

She can also be considered a victim and we think this is why she stands out in our memory... there is no excuse/motive good enough for her actions and yet we felt some empathy for her and certainly were almost sad that she died at the end. She’s a two-fer (2 for 1).

Friday, February 19, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite Unsubs - Part 5

Eric Ryan Olson, portrayed by Johnny Lewis, in Zoe’s Reprise (S4, Ep 15)

It was chilling to see this young guy ”in training” to become a serial killer by trying out the methods of other serial killers that came before him. He “studied” how to do it by reading Rossi’s books. And ewwww, he had sex outdoors with his girlfriend at all the kill sites. One of our ookier unsubs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite Unsubs - Part 4

Randall Garner, portrayed by Charley Rossman and voiced by Charles Haid, in Fisher King I and II (S1, Ep 22 & S2, Ep 1)

Randall Garner, or The Fisher King, was the first UNSUB to go after the team in a deluded effort to bring back his daughter and the family he lost in a tragic fire. He attacked the team members where they were most vulnerable and where they felt the safest – in their homes. It could be argued that he nearly did the world a favor by almost killing Elle, but that’s a story for another day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite Unsubs - Part 3

Frank Breitkopf, portrayed by Keith Carradine, in No Way Out (1) and No Way Out (2): The Evilution of Frank (S2, Eps 13 and 23)

Frank was a very disturbed man who had a warped sense of humor (telling Gideon that he wanted to “pick” his brain or saying “what’s the psychopath got in the bag, Jason?”). He was the most prolific serial killer Gideon and the team hunted. He went to Golconda every year to see Jane, and finally got his prize, but when she left him, he went hunting by systematically killing everyone that meant something to Gideon to get her back. He did it all for the love of Jane! CREEPY! Share your thoughts about Frank.

Criminal Minds - 5.04 - Hopeless (Rerun)

Wednesday, February 17th - 9 pm est.
Season 5, Episode 4 - Originally Aired: 10/14/2009

The BAU investigates a group of suspects with a pack mentality who are randomly selecting their victims in the nation's capital and murdering them for the thrill of it.
Regular cast:
David Rossi................ Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner............. Thomas Gibson
Emily Prentiss............. Paget Brewster
Derek Morgan............... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Jennifer Jareau............ A.J. Cook
Penelope Garcia............ Kirsten Vangsness
Guest cast:
Salli Richardson-Whitfield.........Tamara Barnes
Wade Williams .........Det. Andrews
Clayne Crawford .........Vincent
Travis Aaron .........Wade Turner
Blake Shields .........Baker
David Beatty .........Scott
Jeronimo Spinx .........William
Rahvaunia .........Nicole
Robert F. Lyons .........Bartender
Jo D. Jonz .........Dan Osborne
Sharon Brathwaite .........Karen Osborne
Julianne Buescher .........Meg
Nate Witty .........Doug
Keith D. Chandler .........Uniform Cop
GiGi Hessamian .........Samantha

WRITTEN BY: Chris Mundy
DIRECTED BY: Felix Alcala

Nielsen's top 20 - Criminal Minds

Nielsen's top 20 prime-time programs for Feb. 8-14
By The Associated Press (AP) – 3 hours ago

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Feb. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, NBC, 32.6 million.
2. "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 27.9 million.
3. Winter Olympics (Sunday), NBC, 26.4 million.
4. Winter Olympics (Saturday), NBC, 26.2 million.
5. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 25.2 million.
6. "NCIS," CBS, 19.8 million.
7. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 17.9 million.
8. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 17.7 million.
9. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.3 million.
10. "The Mentalist," CBS, 15.9 million.
11. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 15.5 million.
12. "The Good Wife," CBS, 14.8 million.
13. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 14.3 million.
14. "Survivor: Heroes-Villains," CBS, 14.2 million.
15. "House," Fox, 13.6 million.
16. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 13.5 million.
17. "CSI: NY," CBS, 13.0 million.
18. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 12.8 million.
19. "The Bachelor," ABC, 12.4 million.
20. "Lost," ABC, 11.1 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is a unit of News Corp.; NBC is owned by General Electric Co.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Criminal Minds - 5x16 - Mosley Lane

Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mosley Lane
Season 5, Episode 16 - Airs: 3/03/2010

The BAU is called by local authorities in Ashburn, Virginia, to profile a predator who may have been abducting children for at least eight years.

Regular cast:
David Rossi................ Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner............. Thomas Gibson
Emily Prentiss............. Paget Brewster
Derek Morgan............... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Jennifer Jareau............ A.J. Cook
Penelope Garcia............ Kirsten Vangsness

Guest Cast:
Sarah Hillridge ............................. Ann Cusack
Roger................................................ Bud Cort
Anita............................................... Beth Grant
Barbara Lynch............................ Brooke Smith
Frank Lynch................................... Toby Huss
Aimee Lynch...................... Cameron Protzman
News Anchor............................. Grace Savage
Stephen Shepherd...................... Austin Mincks
Charlie Hillridge............................. Evan Peters
Martha........................................ Bunny Levine
Jake Hillridge.......................... Mark St. Amant
Mr. Shepherd.............................. David Youse
Mrs. Shepherd.......................... Debra Sullivan
Mae.................................... Katlin Mastandrea
Mr. Hayden.................. Richard Clarke Larsen
Deputy..................................... Alton Clemente

Writer:Simon Mirren & Erica Messer
Director: Matthew Gray Gubler

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite Unsubs - Part 2

Here is our second offering of our favorite Criminal Minds UNSUBS

Tobias Hankel, portrayed by James Van Der Beek, in The Big Game and Revelations (S2, Eps 14 and 15)

A triple split personality? Who, besides Sybil has more than one multiple personality? Sorry, that had to be said. Tobias Hankel was a tortured soul who you could feel sorry for, what with a religious zealot for a father and his own heavy drug use, he truly lost touch with the real world when he went on his killing spree. The fact that he captured our beloved Reid, injected him with hallucinogenic drugs and brutally murdered people and posted his kills on the internet earns a special place in our UNSUB Hall of Fame. What do you love to hate about Tobias Hankel?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Criminal Minds Favorite UNSUB

We were sitting at the round table the other day talking about our favorite Criminal Minds UNSUBS and VICTIMS. After we were done, we looked at our list and saw that there were 14 UNSUBS and VICTIMS. We also realized that during the two weeks that the Olympics will be contested, there would be no new Criminal Minds episodes aired. So, we decided to post one UNSUB or VICTIM per day during this two-week period. First the UNSUBs. I think our first offering is everyone’s favorite, but the others will be in no particular order.

The Reaper/George Foyet, portrayed by C. Thomas Howell, in Omnivore, To Hell …. And Back, Faceless, Nameless and 100 (S4, Ep 18, S4, Ep 25, S5, Ep 1, and S5, Ep 9, respectively) .

Mere words cannot express the evil that is The Reaper. From his horrible murders, to taunting Hotch by corresponding with The Fox, he haunted the entire team until Hotch beat the stuffing out of him in 100. He is especially reviled because he hurt one of our own emotionally and physically and cold-heartedly murdered Haley while the entire team listened over the phone. He is the only UNSUB to give us nightmares. What do you think about The Reaper?

Interview with Thomas Gibson at the Pebble Beach Golf Tournament 2010

Thomas Gibson at the Pebble Beach Golf Tournament 2010

Actor Thomas Gibson tees off on the ninth hole during round three of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 13, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California.

(L-R) Corey Pavin, Kelly Slater and Thomas Gibson on the ninth hole during round three of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf.

Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 5 - 515. Public Enemy - Review

'Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the town of Providence, Rhode Island, a serial killer is randomly murdering people in prominent places to instigate fear among the population, to see the reaction of the community afterward, and take pleasure in the turmoil it brings to the residents of Providence. He is likened to an arsonist, but slits throats instead. As the story unravels, we find out through Rossi's and the team’s profiling, what the stressor is that pushed the man to kill and that it will bring him to annihilate the reason for his behaviour.

'When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.' - William Shakespeare

"Public Enemy" is a very well-written story like we haven't seen in a while - since the beginning of season 5 and with "100" and "Slave of Duty". It was great to have a good episode since we are heading for a long break (which will be torture for a lot of us) and also because some prior episodes were not the “sitting on the edge of your seat” type we were blessed with at the beginning of the season. The way the story unraveled without giving away too many clues at the same time was really skillful.

The plane scene at the beginning of the episode is always interesting because it is revealing as to how the case will evolve since this is where we get to know who does what. In this case, Prentiss will go to the Laundromat, where she will later be meeting Detective Moreland. Rossi will go to the church where he will meet a disturbed priest, Father Kendellen. JJ and Morgan have the most difficult job, to meet Meg Collins, the widow of the last victim, to have her recount how the murder of her husband happened. Hotch and Reid will head to the police station to start setting up and meet the detective in charge.

The team showed us their awesome skills. It shows us how, all put together, they are the authority in their line of work. Even though we didn’t see Hotch as often has we have become used too, it is always astounding to witness his legendary authority and professionalism in some situations, such as at the Library - where he was in complete control of the situation (a setup by Rossi using the situation to bring the Unsub to reveal himself) or when he gave an update to the local officers and lowered their anger and frustration as one of their fellow officers was murdered by the unsub. Also with Rossi, when they profile together at the police station, which is always a delight because they work so well together.

After his profiling at the church, we have Rossi “taking charge of the case” without disrespect toward Hotch who trusts him implicitly and won’t take offense because he knows his old friend too well and that a case is never in jeopardy with Rossi in the lead because of his extensive experience and skills he showed all the way through the case.

Even though Rossi was mostly at the forefront, the very professionnal JJ, whose has become a mom, was the emotional center of the episode. She is there all the way to protect the wife and daughter of the soldier killed in the church and she was amazing. At one point, Hotch asks her to head out to the latest crime scene and she refuses to go arguing that they need someone to stay with them, but Hotch orders her to leave for the market and control the press and that brings out some tension between both of them.

Prentiss, Morgan and Reid were not left behind. They were essential in the whole process of finding the serial killer. Prentiss' deductions at the Laundromat and her finding the clothes in the garbage bin helped focus even more on who was the unsub. Morgan talking with the wife took a lot of emotional control on his part but he was able to deduct that the killer wasn’t psychotic and wouldn’t go on a spree, because he is too patient. Reid, with his deductions also focused the team’s profile more precisely.

As a die-hard Rossi fan, I was in seventh heaven with this episode. The past few weeks, David had been low profile, almost absent. The way he took charge without overdoing it, showed that his ego is been well under control. He figured a lot about the case; he really took charge in this episode. He showed his self-confidence all the way and went on to kick some butt.

The fact that he offered to go to the church, tells us that his spiritual beliefs are still important to him (as shown the first time in "Demonology") and that crime tape in front of a church is not something he likes to see. His faith was brought to the forefront in this episode, from his trying to comfort the priest to the card that he signed at the end, an idea surely instigated by the thoughtful JJ. The “gift” from Rossi was so generous of him (it brought tears to my eyes)... and this time, no one could argue his big heart and kindness.

There were some other highlights with him that I liked a lot. As the widow is telling the story to JJ and Morgan, Rossi is seen acting it out in the church. I thought it was something seeing Rossi pretending to slit the soldier's throat in the church... His perfect timing when he arrives at the Laundromat as Prentiss is asking a question that he had the answer to. When he presents his idea on how they will bring out the serial killer out by protecting the soldier’s wife during a speech and “take down the bastard”.

But in general with Rossi, I’m still waiting to find out what it is about him with absentee fathers, the military, the church and other little tidbits and hints we got in preceding episodes. Can we have some more Rossi backstory? "Reckoner" was awesome but didn’t give us all the information.

I also would have thought that by then, we would have seeen some back story about Hotch since is wife died. How is he doing really and how is little Jack?

Awesome work from Jess Prosser for a first episode! His writing is really interesting and I sure hope we will see more of him. Congratulations, it was a strong case and I really loved it. The story was more cohesive and had a better plot than last week's episode. Prosser gave a lot of little hints about some member of the team – Hotchner’s father issues, JJ’s past with a small town, Reid’s PhD’s and his dad and Rossi’s faith.

It was a strong case, just the way I like them and the ending was so great.

The character of the wife and the daughter were especially awesome in this episode. Both character's somehow “glowed”, bringing some emotional moments that we couldn’t avoid feeling.

The actress who played the wife was really great and so was the little girl.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Criminal Minds Marathon on A&E

A&E will have a Criminal Minds marathon tonight. Here's the complete schedule:

8 pm EST - 2.13 No Way Out : The BAU tracks down a serial killer who's responsible for the deaths of over 100 people.

9 pm EST - 2.14 The Big Game : The BAU tracks a serial killer who puts the murders he commits on the Internet for all to see.

10 pm EST - 2.15 Revelations : Tobias, the serial killer the BAU was hunting in a previous episode, has taken Reid as a hostage. Through behavioral profiling, the BAU race to discover his hideout before he takes Reid's life.

11 pm EST - 2.16 Fear and loathing : The BAU hunts a serial killer who murders young African American women from upscale New York neighborhoods.