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by Lucy
Jul 22, 2017 12:42PM EDT
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Season 12 was a solid season that had to overcome some writing difficulties - introducing two members of the team, as well as hide away from the firing of another. The show was also brave enough to do an interesting two main arc to liven up the back end of the season. The show veterans managed to pull off a nicely rounded (if not that original) story, complete with cliffhanger! The individual case stories are solid, and Mr Scratch is a reoccuring theme throughout the season, without being too overbearing. Stand out episodes include 12x02 which highlights JJ and Will’s relationship, 12x07 which gave insightful backstory into Tara’s character and 12x09 featuring the returning storyline of Rossi and Yates and dramatic climax of their relationship. The back end of the season bravely deals gives a storyline featuring Spencer Reid and his mother dual prominance with the usual ‘cas of the week’ stories. In episode 12x13, Spencer gets arrested and has no memory of the crime. Over the course of the final 10 episodes, pieces of the story are revealed leading to a stand off between an unsub from last season, teaming up with a one off chracter from season 4 (which was weird, until I realised it was one of the actors own children playing the role). It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and the first time for a long time that one of the main characters has been in great personal danger (that hasn’t been resolved almost instantly) so it packed a punch at times. Most of the actors have been playing their characters for over a decade now and deliver great performances effortlessly. Pleased to see the return of Prentiss to the team, which felt effortless and bought a much needed dynamic to the group. Agent Lewis still needs some more fleshing out, and new characters Alvez and Walker didn’t have huge amounts to do but I have high hopes for season 13. Sidenote: It is really refreshing to see such a representative cast on a crime drama show. There are four female actresses (half the team), ethnic diversity, the characters differ in terms of job, background and profession too with Spencer being the only white male - and not your typical crime drama protagonist at that. It is definitely the best representations of from law enforcement I have seen on a tv show in some time - keep it up CBS!
Season 12 was a solid season that had to overcome some writing difficulties - introducing two members of the team, as well as hide away from the firing of another. The show was also brave enough to do an interesting two main arc to liven up the back end of the season. The show veterans managed to pull off a nicely rounded (if not that original) story, complete with cliffhanger! The individual case stories are solid, and Mr Scratch is a reoccuring theme throughout the season, without being too overbearing. Stand out episodes include 12x02 which highlights JJ and Will’s relationship, 12x07 which gave insightful backstory into Tara’s character and 12x09 featuring the returning storyline of Rossi and Yates and dramatic climax of their relationship. The back end of the season bravely deals gives a storyline featuring Spencer Reid and his mother dual prominance with the usual ‘cas of the week’ stories. In episode 12x13, Spencer gets arrested and has no memory of the crime. Over the course of the final 10 episodes, pieces of the story are revealed leading to a stand off between an unsub from last season, teaming up with a one off chracter from season 4 (which was weird, until I realised it was one of the actors own children playing the role). It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and the first time for a long time that one of the main characters has been in great personal danger (that hasn’t been resolved almost instantly) so it packed a punch at times. Most of the actors have been playing their characters for over a decade now and deliver great performances effortlessly. Pleased to see the return of Prentiss to the team, which felt effortless and bought a much needed dynamic to the group. Agent Lewis still needs some more fleshing out, and new characters Alvez and Walker didn’t have huge amounts to do but I have high hopes for season 13. Sidenote: It is really refreshing to see such a representative cast on a crime drama show. There are four female actresses (half the team), ethnic diversity, the characters differ in terms of job, background and profession too with Spencer being the only white male - and not your typical crime drama protagonist at that. It is definitely the best representations of from law enforcement I have seen on a tv show in some time - keep it up CBS!
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May 13, 2017 8:06PM EDT
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They have finally wrapped up the crazy Dr. Spencer Reid story line and not a moment to soon. Nice touch with Morgan at the end there. And now for the season ending cliff hanger. I guess the gang wasn't quite ready for anything after all. Next season - Mr. Scratch.
They have finally wrapped up the crazy Dr. Spencer Reid story line and not a moment to soon. Nice touch with Morgan at the end there. And now for the season ending cliff hanger. I guess the gang wasn't quite ready for anything after all. Next season - Mr. Scratch.