Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior "Here is the Fire", Season 1 Episode 4 – The writers for CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR must be reading my reviews because the very first scene of "Here is the Fire" attempts to answer one of the biggest questions I’ve had about the series: Why is the Red Cell team necessary? What is it about them that separates them from the original BAU squad fromCriminal Minds? Well, Richard Schiff’s recurring character Jack Fickler tried to give us an answer to that in the opening scene. He told his assistant that the other "traditional" team has already been assembled, but Jack said he wanted Sam Cooper because…because…well, I guess because they’re faster? He didn’t really specify the reason very well, and it didn’t make a lot of sense since I never thought of the original Criminal Minds team as particularly slow, so this reasoning didn’t really ring true. Good try, guys, but I’m going to need a better reason than that to buy the reason this show even exists.

I guess this same complaint can be made about most procedural spin-offs. The other shows usually just change the city where the show is based, but this one even has the team based in the same city! So if you’re not going to do a better job differentiating your show, you’ve at least got to make it entertaining. And thankfully, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior has been more consistent in quality from the premiere. Read More...


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