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Reid is talking to .....Beth Riesgraf the lady from leverage.
But i would love to know why or who she is in the show? I like Reid's story line finally.
But yea the girls are not getting enough storyline.. would love to know whats going on with everyone else as well. this episode was good but not that good... this season .. lets see how it goes from here on
Writing is going downhill
The writing on this show is starting to show its laziness.
I didn't mind the Reid subplot at all, of course, although I did find it hard to believe that he wouldn't see her behavior as creepy after everything he'd encountered in his years at the BAU. I certainly found it creepy, even before I knew she was watching him.
But what really irritated me was the main plot. There was just so much about the way the BAU worked in this episode that just seemed like... lazy writing. I can no longer watch it on CBS.com, and it's been a while since I've seen the episode, so I only remember one specific example (although there were more at the time). When they were delivering their profile, they said something like:
"The doctors under Hitler's regime had the same psychology."
Really? ALL of the doctors who worked under Hitler's regime shared the exact same psychology? All of them? And that's not even counting the fact that they brought up Hitler... a major indicator of lazy writing in any show that isn't actually about Hitler...
I'm sure there's no shortage of real-life and more recent examples of doctors with god complexes who committed atrocious acts. The naming of past killers who've been studied or interviewed by the BAU often lends a certain degree of realism to the show that was notably absent in this episode (and actually, in all of the episodes to this point this season).moreless
The doctor is ready to operate.
This episode was just madness but a perfect 10.In the episode an unsub is amputating limbs from one victim and putting them on his other victims to try and prove that you can walk with someone else's leg.At first in the episode it shows you a victim waking up with his leg cut off and I thought that was just crazy but then gets more crazy when he attaches that victims leg to someone else. It was insane how he thought it could work and he let one of his victims walk into a hospital and when the nurses had a look he had another persons leg on.When the team is struggling in the case Reid gets some extra help from his mystery caller who helps him with the case who we don't really know much about but I presume we will know more about in the future.In the end we find the unsub is trying to prove it works so that his wife can have a leg but as I expected was shocked to find what her husband was doing and the team was able to arrest him before anyone else would fall victim to him.moreless
Season 8 looking pretty good...
As a cynical writer who loathes romance this was the one I was dreading. They would have to blow me out of the water to impress me with the Reid subplot I knew was coming. Did they do that? No, but they certainly came close. The relationship certainly was different as they promised from the normal Hollywood trash I've come to so despise. The power of having Reid hear "I love you" for the first time was incredible.
On the other hand I fear CM is sacrificing good writing for gore and shock value. This is powerful every now and then - look at season 2, all those well written psychological unsubs and then BAM, they hit you with the gore of Frank; but too often and the show becomes typecast and very boring. I don't remember what episode, but I'm reminded of the cop who begged the BAU for help a few years ago, saying "What, my bodies aren't covered in peanut butter so it's not interesting enough?" or something to that effect. The writers would do well to remember their old stories.moreless
Well, I least I saw a bit more of Reid ...
I like episodes which deal with Reid, but I also like ones which have an interesting plotline and good writing. For me, these two ingredients were missing in this episode.
It took them long enough (how many seasons?) to mention Reid's headaches and now we are left wondering who this woman is to whom he was speaking. Please let us NOT have another 'season of secrets'. I'm starting to like Blake more as the series progresses but J.J. doesn't seem to be getting a whole lot of screen time, it's centreing more around the males. I have no problem with that but with Emily gone and getting used to a new character, we need a bit of the familiar as well.
Shades of Idi Amin with the unsub but I wasn't all that interested. Either the show is becoming more and more predictable or I am getting jaded. I would rather it was the former and hope for better things.moreless
A bit contrived.
Although C.M. is one of my favorite shows, this episode felt a bit too contrived. It wasn't bad at all, but it didn't really flow naturally. There was a mortician who all of a sudden starts to experiment with transplanting legs, while the person who's to benefit from said experiments isn't bothered by her condition in the least. The team doesn't come up with a trigger for the sudden behaviour, the comparison to WOII german surgeons was different but did not explain why.
A very nice surprise was how Alex handled herself in the prison, she wasn't intimidated at all, the prisoner was an open book and left him with a clever snark. She also confronted Reid when his behaviour was too out of character for her to let it slide, but backed of and respected his privacy when he asked her to.
Wich brings me to Reids behaviour, all of a sudden he has this connection to a women who has helped him but who herself is in a situation where she can't talk freely. It will be interesting to find out the details of how this came to be. All in all not too bad of an episode but there certainly have been better.moreless
Loving The Reid Thread
The actual case wasn't very engaging or dramatic. I've seen Ray Wise be a lot creepier. I mean, c'mon, he has been in Wes Craven flicks, was really bizarre in Twin Peaks, plays the Devil on Reaper - I just wasn't all that impressed with the character - whether that was due to him, writers and/or directors I don't know. It was a very bland performance from an actor with his background.
Alex is growing on me. I liked the way she handled the interview with the incarcerated doctor, and how she profiled Reid but eventually stepped off and ultimately protected his privacy.
Mostly, the unsub and story of the week provided background for the Reid Mystery. This is really out of nowhere, and I liked the surprise and feel of it. There's a big story in that, or at least I hope there is. Important to remember that the unsub shown in the season opener is one of the unsubs from prior years. Whether this has anything to do with the intrigue surrounding Reid's geneticist, we shall see. A 9 from me, largely because I'm so darned happy to see Reid in the foreground again with the potential for an engaging arc to come.moreless