Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Season 1 Episode 2

Lonely Hearts

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 2011 on CBS
7.0
out of 10
User Rating
113 votes
4

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
The Red Cell team travels to Cincinnati to track down a killer who is targeting single businessmen in upscale hotels.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Sunday
No results found.
Monday
No results found.
Tuesday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • What this show lacks is a brilliant/brainy profiler in the image of a Dr.Reid or Agent Gideon.

    7.5
    That said - Forest Whitaker is no more annoying than Thomas Gibson's, Agent Hotchner. Hotch is also stone-faced, a "soft talker"; and often painfully ineffective, both in the interrogation room, and as a team leader. By the way, this cannot be standard operating procedure - profilers should not be interrogating suspects anyway. Their job is to assist, by presenting a usable profile - then the investigators can interrogate. Neither show (original Criminal Minds) is very believable because the agents, in my opinion, don't come across as very smart. Now if you can suspend disbelief, Janeane Garofalo is the breakout "agent" in Suspect Behavior. In this episode, I enjoyed the tactics she employed with the suspect. Hopefully they will make better use of her talents in the future. I live in hope, however, that Mandy Patinkin, in need of a gig, decides to join Suspect Behavior. I think he and Forest Whitaker, would have better chemistry, than he had with Hotch. Forest Whitaker, by the way, is an Academy award winning actor - he enunciates just fine, thank you. None of the other actors can make this boast.moreless
  • One word: ENUNCIATE!

    2.0
    First they need to drop the whole "Red Cell" thing. Even though they dress like poor college students, fly coach, and work out of condemned buildings, this team is not substantively different from the other BAU that airs an hour earlier. Quit pretending it's edgy and different, people, the biggest change is the HUGE "Bernero Productions" in the credits.



    Okay, there's one more difference: Hotch's crowd can actually deliver a line so that the audience can understand it! Forrest Whitaker is the biggest offender, here. Mush-mouth, mumbled, dramatically ..... paused ..... deliver of .... his dialogue ..... is extremely annoying! I have no idea what he was saying for most of his lines. None whatsover. And the blonde agent is almost as bad. We kept looking around the living room saying, "What?" "What did they say?"



    This episode was all over the map, story-wise. The overly clever filming of the unsub attacking her victims with the voice-over of her male Svengali, the hair shielding the face, the cankles!, yeah, we get it - the writers and director are oh so cleverly trying to tell us it's a man - it's a woman - it's both! Veteran viewers of the original CM shrugged and sighed. (While viewers of NCIS' Season 3 episode, "Mind Games," said immediately - "Oh, the serial killer has gotten his lawyer to start killing for him!")



    The back and forth in the interview room with the prisoner was frustratingly bad. Every time Whitaker's character pointed and slammed things and threatened solitary confinement he looked more and more pathetic. NOT in control, not in charge, not in the least bit awe-inspiring or insightful. Which one is the rookie/trainee?? Weirdly, Garafalo is the only actor who even hints of being an educated, elite profiler, and we all know she won't last on this dark show.moreless
  • What people love in this kind of shows is that they can glimpse at a pure evil while still sitting safely at their homes. Even if we don't admit it - it fascinates us, we love the drama..and, this episode, well it just didn't deliver.moreless

    2.0
    The most remarkable thing I noticed, was the scenes in prison and dialogs between the serial killer and Forest Whitaker character. It lacked that dynamics, that we've seen so many times between Hotch or Gideon and serial killers.



    What people love in this kind of shows is that they can glimpse at a pure evil while still sitting safely at their homes. It gives the thrill, the chills down the spine. And in original series we have that. We have profilers who translate to us the dangerous minds while reminding us how important it is, to not let them win. Here we had just two, not very interesting guys sitting in one room engaged in plain conversation. Also writers really wanted us to belive this sad looking guy convinced a woman to kill for him? With what? He wasn't charismatic, he didn't even seemed smart to me. I wouldn't let this dude on my facebook page. The victims: we didn't had the chance to feel for them, as the were jus left out by writers, so in the end - I didn't really cared about them. But, isn't the true goal should be to remind us all, that the victims, the innocent that died - they were the most important? That the fight for justice was for them? Instead the focused on a killer, that was already behind bars, and he was blant. So as was the killing lawyer woman, who appeard for a second and dissaperd as quicky.moreless
  • Team remains uninteresting, and the case was not as good as last week's.

    9.0
    This episode saw out Suspect Behavious cast getting less interesting. Janeane Garofalo's character is OK, but I'm not really liking anybody else (aside from Garcia, obviously).

    The case toaday was good, but a pretty big step back from the season premiere. The case was quite interesting, but I think it wasn't particularly original, which would be its major downside. I really ienjoyed the interrogation process with the male 'unsub' and I think the ending to the episode was certainly quite intriguing.

    All up, the show has potential in terms of the quality of its cases, but this cast needs to acquite a personality if the show i s to get anything more than OK.moreless
Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Unit Chief Sam Cooper

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

SSA Beth Griffith

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

SSA John "Prophet" Sims

Beau Garrett

Beau Garrett

SSA Gina LaSalle

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

SSA Mick Rawson

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Bill Cobbs

Bill Cobbs

Bishop Sanford

Guest Star

Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Marcus Lee Davison

Guest Star

Ginifer King

Ginifer King

Rachel Lang

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less