Criminal Minds Review: "Painless"

Ask and ye shall receive.

After lamenting that there wasn't enough Hotch last week - boom! A thoughtful storyline with not only Hotch, but Jack too. And for those pining away wanting more Reid antics? Done. Oh, and the suggestion that plots are no fun when the Un-Sub is figured out early on? Well how about a few pump fakes to throw us off. Step up, Criminal Minds writers, and take a bow. This was one hell of an episode.

Now I know that lately readers have been criticizing that some of the story lines are too familiar and formulaic. Case in point, last week's Combat-Veteran-Who-Snaps-And-Kills-People plot. And yes, some could argue that a Columbine-esque story line isn't original either, but I still think that they did a solid job with "Painless." They threw in a few unforeseen twists and another little-known affliction (Anyone heard of Pain Asymbolia before now? Didn't think so) and made it interesting until the very end.

Granted, the chase through the kitchen and boiler room is another oft-seen trick, but show me someone who's heart doesn't race with suspense each and every time and I'll show you a liar. In all honesty, I didn't have any complaints about this episode aside from the issue of familiar themes (which didn't even bother me, I'm just trying to anticipate your reader comments!). In fact, I think it was one of the strongest of this season so far. If you disagree, don't hesitate to chime in. Read More...


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