Musings on Criminal Minds
“I Love You, Tommy Brown” (7x17)
Teri Polo! I love her. She was good as the unhinged pedophile. Creep-tastic. I liked the shots of Seattle, too.
But, okay, the most important part of this otherwise run-of-the-mill episode was Penelope and Kevin. I was wondering why Derek was kinda cold to Kevin when he came to ask for Derek’s advice, but I guess Penelope later explained it (it was because they aren’t friends)? Or maybe it was just because they’re both dudes? I admit a part of me was hoping Derek would declare his love for Penelope. Even though I love their friendship and don’t want that to change. Anyway, Kristen Vangsness was really good when she was telling Derek why she didn’t want Kevin to propose. I don’t like it when she cries; she makes me too sad.
This episode was a truly outstanding hour of television.
I mean, I love Criminal Minds, and I’ve loved it since the pilot. Period. At the same time, I also don’t usually think it’s an exceptional show. It often doesn’t even stand out among the procedurals, let alone among all of the TV shows. I do, however, think almost all of the actors are exceptional. And it’s got some other good things going for it, like I love how different Emily, JJ, and Penelope are. They portray genuinely different types of women, and I feel like that’s something not all shows do very well. Basically, the show has potential to be amazing, and it frustrates me when I see opportunities wasted. But tonight was one of those episodes where they was able to put together all the individual pieces and create a one of the best episodes of the series.
Derek and JJ with the kid, Angel, were both amazing. JJ speaking Spanish was such a good moment. She just sounded so sincere and concerned. And Derek’s rapport with Angel was sheer perfection. Mentioning his own past, just ugh. I think if I was Angel, that’s really the only thing Derek could have said to me to really get through to me. To make me willing to confide in him, to make me trust him. And when Angel grabbed Derek’s hand, that was just… why don’t you rip my heart right on out.
I loved Hotch, too. He’s always so calm and stoic, but not in a cold way. More like in a “I’m observing every detail and missing nothing, so you can put your trust and your loved one’s life in my hands and know that I’m not letting my emotions get in the way of me doing absolutely everything I can to save him or her” way. Like when he was talking to the missing kid’s parents and they asked him “Are you saying Billy was taken because he’s polite?,” he knew just how to answer. ”I’m not saying that it’s his fault, or yours.” He knew what they needed to hear.
By the end I was emotionally exhausted. (And also cheering that they kept the viewers guessing right along with the team about if that woman’s dad was the unsub.) And when I’m spent after a show is over, I know I’ve just watched something above the usual fare. So four for you, Criminal Minds. My expectations for the rest of the season (and especially Emily’s goodbye) are high.