Criminal Minds Season 9 Review “To Bear Witness”

Criminal Minds returned tonight with what will surely be somewhat of a controversial episode with “To Bear Witness”. Whenever any long-running TV series start making bold choices or changes with their characters, it’s bound to get some people mad. Especially when that character is as loved as JJ.

Yes, JJ has apparently been meeting with this Matt dude, played by Caprica and NYPD Blue vet Esai Morales. It’s quickly revealed that his full name is Mateo Cruz, and (drum roll please!) he’s the new section chief of the BAU! I was wondering how long it would take for them to replace Strauss, and part of me wishes that the process might have taken a little longer, but apparently they’re going with this dude. Now we don’t know how involved this guy will be on a week-to-week basis, but I do know that I am not cool with whatever he’s doing with JJ. We don’t know how long they’ve been seeing each other, but it’s possible that they met while JJ was serving her stint in the Department of Defense. It’s just weird because we’ve never seen any trouble between JJ and Detective William LaMontagne, so it’s like we’re just drumming up drama for dramas sake. Cruz does claim that somebody put his transfer on the fast track, so maybe somebody else is trying to put them together? Who knows.



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