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by Lucy
May 15, 2016 1:41PM EDT
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Season 9 has been really mixed bag of a season for CM, the series opener and many of the early episodes in this series, were really quite poor: The praying mantis twins episodes, an unsub with a Salem witch trial obsession and Hotch hallucinating the Reaper/Haley, really? And lets not forget the rabies episode that was trying too hard to be like The Walking Dead. CM already stretches the boundaries with many of the unsubs and their crimes but the writers could do with a few more original ideas for believable delusions in the future. However, there were some excellent episodes, the political bomb activist episode was disturbing but so interesting - I’d love a follow up investigation into that case. Garcia’s hacker back story episode was written true to character and was a bit different to the BAU’s usual crimes, exciting stuff! And the episode where Morgan visits a victim in a mental institute was really clever, I liked the flashback narrative of that a lot. Also Blake got a episode focused on her/her family life. I’m really pleased the writer’s fleshed her character out more this series, she came across as a lot more human :) Possibly the best addition to the show, was that the writer’s have finally answered my prayers and given Morgan a love interest. It’s only taken them 9 years! It was a decent love interest too, one that hopefully will get to star in more than 3 episodes, and not be used as bait/get killed. Let’s face it Morgan deserves something good in his life. Aside from Blake’s characterisation and Morgan needing a love interest, the other thing I wished for at the end of last series was for Reid’s grieving of Mauve to be explored more. I was rather disappointed at the lack of focus on this, since her death was meant to be character development for Reid, it really should have been talked about on screen more. What was finally talked about on screen was the season 6 plot hole of JJ’s whereabouts in EPISODE 200. This had a great concept, fleshing out JJ’s character/back story with a nice plot about Afghanistan, terrorism and interrogation. Cruz, as a relatively new character was interesting enough (more likeable than Strauss) but he needed more depth to him in this episode, considering he was a main character. I think I preferred the flashbacks more than the actual kidnapping investigation! But tense torture scenes, mixed clues and a very welcome return of Prentiss made it a solid episode (though it will never beat the perfection that was episode 100). The finale this season had much better writing than the season 8 finale, with more focus on plot than special effects. Having a 2-parter for the finale was great to draw out the storyline, lots of double bluffs and false leads, I didn’t quite see where it was going! It was heart attacks every few minutes for me watching and was it really necessary to shoot so many people?! There was a very high body count… but again, great concept and every character had a role to play (less so with Rossi, but he’d had a few big episodes recently). I did tear up a bit at the ending, I’m a sucker for goodbye scenes. Overall, CM 9 felt a little predictable/unrealistic in places and some of the comic-relief scenes were cringe worthy - the writing team needs a bit of a refresh, I think. However, some cracking plot lines show that there is still enough scope to explore things in a 10th season, but after that, I think it may be time to wind down the investigation. Next season (presuming it’s the last) Morgan’s girlfriend needs to be a regular fixture, Spencer needs some form of happiness in his life and the team needs to say goodbye in a realistic way (no major character deaths please, please?)
Season 9 has been really mixed bag of a season for CM, the series opener and many of the early episodes in this series, were really quite poor: The praying mantis twins episodes, an unsub with a Salem witch trial obsession and Hotch hallucinating the Reaper/Haley, really? And lets not forget the rabies episode that was trying too hard to be like The Walking Dead. CM already stretches the boundaries with many of the unsubs and their crimes but the writers could do with a few more original ideas for believable delusions in the future. However, there were some excellent episodes, the political bomb activist episode was disturbing but so interesting - I’d love a follow up investigation into that case. Garcia’s hacker back story episode was written true to character and was a bit different to the BAU’s usual crimes, exciting stuff! And the episode where Morgan visits a victim in a mental institute was really clever, I liked the flashback narrative of that a lot. Also Blake got a episode focused on her/her family life. I’m really pleased the writer’s fleshed her character out more this series, she came across as a lot more human :) Possibly the best addition to the show, was that the writer’s have finally answered my prayers and given Morgan a love interest. It’s only taken them 9 years! It was a decent love interest too, one that hopefully will get to star in more than 3 episodes, and not be used as bait/get killed. Let’s face it Morgan deserves something good in his life. Aside from Blake’s characterisation and Morgan needing a love interest, the other thing I wished for at the end of last series was for Reid’s grieving of Mauve to be explored more. I was rather disappointed at the lack of focus on this, since her death was meant to be character development for Reid, it really should have been talked about on screen more. What was finally talked about on screen was the season 6 plot hole of JJ’s whereabouts in EPISODE 200. This had a great concept, fleshing out JJ’s character/back story with a nice plot about Afghanistan, terrorism and interrogation. Cruz, as a relatively new character was interesting enough (more likeable than Strauss) but he needed more depth to him in this episode, considering he was a main character. I think I preferred the flashbacks more than the actual kidnapping investigation! But tense torture scenes, mixed clues and a very welcome return of Prentiss made it a solid episode (though it will never beat the perfection that was episode 100). The finale this season had much better writing than the season 8 finale, with more focus on plot than special effects. Having a 2-parter for the finale was great to draw out the storyline, lots of double bluffs and false leads, I didn’t quite see where it was going! It was heart attacks every few minutes for me watching and was it really necessary to shoot so many people?! There was a very high body count… but again, great concept and every character had a role to play (less so with Rossi, but he’d had a few big episodes recently). I did tear up a bit at the ending, I’m a sucker for goodbye scenes. Overall, CM 9 felt a little predictable/unrealistic in places and some of the comic-relief scenes were cringe worthy - the writing team needs a bit of a refresh, I think. However, some cracking plot lines show that there is still enough scope to explore things in a 10th season, but after that, I think it may be time to wind down the investigation. Next season (presuming it’s the last) Morgan’s girlfriend needs to be a regular fixture, Spencer needs some form of happiness in his life and the team needs to say goodbye in a realistic way (no major character deaths please, please?)
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