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I've been re-watching many of the old episodes lately (working my way back through season 3 now), and while I still love the show (namely because after 7 years I feel personally attached to the characters at this stage), it wasn't clear to me how MUCH of a difference there had been in quality the last couple of seasons until the boxed sets began reminding me again. Still a great show? Yes. But was it once superb? Yeah...and I'm still holding out hope that it will find its way back there again soon.
Last night's episode made that flame of hope burn much brighter. Absolutely loved it...bravo, bravo.
So far "Foundation" and "True Genius" have been my personal favorites for Season 7 and what I feel are the episodes that managed to include real profiling AND actually get our characters 'right' in the personality depictions and bonding department.
I want to make sure I reply before I read anybody's comments. Now this is how an episode of CM should be!!! All other episodes in this season need to look up to this one, and try to mimic it as much as possible.
The pace was great, the characters were great, everything was wonderfully great. It left things to the imagination---like for instance, did the UnSub build a house over every boy he buried? Pretty cool in the story sense, but not pretty cool in real life. We didn't need an over-explanation of things---the angel wings in the hide-out, probably drawn by Angel? I dunno, but pretty cool, it left the audience wondering where they came from, and who drew them, and what they signified.
Morgan re-living something from his past, another great call-back to an earlier season/episode, just absolutely loved it! I didn't mind seeing the UnSub before he was caught, it was sort of built up to the whole thing, little by little, so it wasn't a dramatic killer knowing what he looked like, wow, I'm quite impressed. Can Jim do all episodes of CM, or would that mean we'd get spoiled????
I'm in awe of this episode, and I see that so many others share my extreme happiness for this episode as well!
WriterJim: You totally rock!!!
|Thanks, PHF! That was great! I really respect Jim Clemente on so many levels... his personal battles he has shared, his service in the FBI and his efforts with CM. I really wish there was some way for him to just be the main writer for CM|
|Edit to add that the challenge coin that Morgan gave to Angel is Jim's coin, and he carries it in his pocket everyday.|
|And now I'm crying. Jim is a true hero. And stories like this one, that actually do justice to what profilers do and have been through is how they should be honored.|
That was probably the best episode of the season so far and arguably one of the best episodes of the series. Captivating episode from beginning to end. There was nothing to critique...it was quality televison. I loved that it tied in so beautifully with Profiler, Profiled. I love the focus on a underused and misused character like Morgan, and for once they pulled off focusing on him w/o painting him in a negative light. As a Morgan fan I sometimes get annoyed with how they try to make him come across or the others' reaction to him. It was just a spetacular episode from beginning to end. Captivating and emmy worthy for all involved. Special kudos to the young man who played Angel. I just...wow. Loved it.
Good episode really felt like the first 3 seasons of the show but what else would you expect from Jim. Nice job bringing Morgans abuse back up and the way he worked with the kid was great. Oh last but not least some actual profiling in the episode real fun.
Writer Jim here. I have been kind of overwhelmed with time commitments lately but wanted to take the time to personally thank all of you for your loyalty to the show and your more than generous comments. It is a real honor to be the Technical Advisor and to be able to write for Criminal Minds from time to time. I enjoy the challenge and the process. And, the best is seeing an amazing family of Actors, Producers, and Crew bringing the words to life. There are no words, however, to express how wonderful it feels to read that you got the messages and the emotion that we were all trying to convey in Foundation. It is truly about the ramifications to victims and their families as the BAU's priority, and it keeps the UnSub in the background where I keep them in my mind. Though the whole story is basically an amalgamation of several cases that I and my colleagues worked over the course of my career as an FBI Profiler, the Morgan/Angel of it is based on my own life experience. Being able to share the fact that past victimization doesn't mean life is over, and can actually be a motivating factor in choosing a profession dedicated to helping others, is what it's all about. I was particularly pleased with how Shemar and AJ were able to accurately portray the importance compassion and selflessness play in Profiling. And the guest cast was truly amazing! Especially, young Jonathan who portrayed Angel with such perfection. He is a fine actor and will definitely go very far.
One last thing... Every episode of Criminal Minds is written from the writer'smind,heart and soul. And the final production is a creative collaboration of the writer's room, the Studio and Network Executives, the Director, the Producers, the entire Crew, and Cast. I am honored to work with a team of extremely talented and experienced writers. To me, they all add different flavoring to the ongoing drama that is Criminal Minds.
PS: Among the Projects I have been working on are three reality pilots: "Profilers" "i-Witness" and "Killer Profile." I'll keep you posted on the development process.