Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Season 1 Episode 1

Two of a Kind

3
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 16, 2011 on CBS
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6.7
out of 10
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Cooper and his Red Cell team are asked to investigate a series of child abductions in Cleveland.

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  • The team seems very, very bland but the case was thoroughly ejnoyable!

    10
    The start of the Criminal Minds spinoff was certainly a very interesting one. I have to say that I am thoroughly bored and nonplussed by all of the characters, except of course Garcia.



    However, my score of '10' is simpyl based on hthe case, and not the characters, because I really love the case, and it was very good. The child abductions were very saddening, but the way in which the writers4 tied th e abductions togethre was very clever and very enjoyable!



    All up, a very interesting case, but the characters are boring. Hopefully the future cases will also be interesting, because the cast is lacking a personality.moreless
  • This one makes me glad the 2010 season is ending soon.

    2.5
    I was somewhat anxious to see the first episode of Criminal Minds hoping it would be as good an addition to Criminal Minds as NCIS LA was to NCIS.



    No chance, the show was erratic if anything. There is previously arrested, convicted then pardoned Prophet, exactly the solid type you want in hand picked members of an elite team.



    He ditches his two partners in order to get the Library guy alone and seemed ready to take his head off. Later he is practically in tears as he begs the unsub to drop his gun because he so regretted killing someone like him in the past.



    They identified the unsub almost by magic rather than the slick linking of bits and bits of information as they do on Criminal Minds.



    I had no idea who was in the cast except for Whittaker, but when I saw Janeane Garofalo there I knew it was a lost cause. She is by no means a dramatic actress and should stick to sketch shows. I couldn't believe how stiff she was in the final season of 24, but it continues here.moreless
  • Spinoff's of fantastic shows, are always fret with danger of being sub-par. This is no exception.

    5.5
    After watching a few episodes of Criminal Minds last nite of Season 6, I decided to check out Suspect Behaviour. While the formula seems similar. The actors energy and delivery, makes it feel listless. I want to like Forrest Whitaker and the others. While his character and team seemed ok when we were introduced to some of them in an episode of Criminal Minds (not sure the exact ep or season), the characters don't seem strong enough to have their own show. Forrest's character is almost boring, and support cast also lack something.



    Maybe it was simply the direction. Cause the lack of intensity in delivery was all over the episode.



    I'll try another episode without watching Criminal Minds the original before hand, cause the original makes it look very ordinary indeed.moreless
  • A mix of interesting bits and heavily-overused cliches. Have to wait and see.

    5.0
    Pilots have a heavy load to carry. They have to introduce a boatload of characters, tell us how they work together, and still deliver a representative plot. We have to expect that they will use some number of tropes as efficient shorthand to make good use of the limited time they have.



    So I have to take a wait-and-see attitude here, and try to ignore the intense stupidity of (for example) a rapid response unit's commander having to actually lecture a team member that he's not a vigilante - I would expect, and respect the series a hell of a lot more, that he immediately be dismissed and we never see him again. These are supposed to be elite professionals.



    I will also be disappointed if Janeane Garofalo always has to be the one who takes on the White Elite Patriarchy. I like her too much to see her be so stereotyped.



    Still, the idea of a serial murderer going uncaught because of mixing high-profile and low-profile crimes (due to racial and socioeconomic bias) is interesting - so there is promise here. Criminal Minds in recent years has been a mixed bag, I hope this will bring a mix of better writers into both instances of the franchise.moreless
  • Weak. Spoilers.

    3.0
    I couldn't decide if this episode screamed more "James Bond on steroids" or "CSI:Miami #2".



    The beginning wasn't hopeful. Some male voice monotonously announced that "Red Cells" operate "outside bureaucracy" and "report solely to the Director of the FBI". I honestly expected that they have the licence to kill too. The case wasn't very exciting. It was obvious that they would save both girls (it's the first episode!). I was disappointed.



    As to the main characters - I like only one. For me SSA Beth Griffith (Janeane Garofalo) is the sole convincing person on this show. Mick Rawson and Gina LaSalle are both cardboard characters (I can absolutely imagine them working in Miami with certain Horatio C.). John "Prophet" Sims seems to have a little anger problem - that's all I can say about him. Unit Chief Sam Cooper is a total bore - all he's doing is walking around and stating the obvious. Forest Whitaker is not my favorite actor.



    And what happened to our beloved Penelope Garcia?! She was a shadow of herself. I missed her playful banter with Morgan or Reid. She doesn't seem to be close to any of the new agents.



    Finally I have to agree that there were many cliches and that made this episode very predictable.



    It's impossible to judge a show accurately after just one episode but for now CM:SB is not promising. I hope that next episodes will be a lot better.moreless
Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Unit Chief Sam Cooper

Beau Garrett

Beau Garrett

SSA Gina LaSalle

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

SSA John "Prophet" Sims

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

SSA Mick Rawson

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

SSA Beth Griffith

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

FBI Director Jack Fickler

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Davis Scofield

Guest Star

Adina Porter

Adina Porter

Jeanette Rawlins

Guest Star

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