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This was an extremely eerie episode and the make-up and wardrobe of the victims was outstanding. Reid was the man of the hour. His performance was one of his best yet. The storyline was good but the details were less than credible.
The unsub obviously was mentally disabled which is understandable due to her pig of a pedophile father. However, to maintain one person on an IV for an extended period of time requires fairly advanced medical training. To maintain three people simultaneously with a continuous infusion would almost require the knowledge and equipment of an intensive care unit. Even if the unsub were capable of keeping the IV's functional, to dose them with life-threatening paralytic medication for up to two months defies credibility. Also, the unsub would have been responsible for nutrition, bathing, urine and feces removal, etc. This is just not possible, given her situation.
Overall, it was a good episode and very suspenseful. To say that the show rated a "10" is to detract from the episodes that really did deserve a "10."
What an episode!! Loved Penelope's new hair color, it suits her quite well!! That was disturbing that their profile changed genders immediately, with Prentiss remarking about the care that each woman had received, especially the way they were posed on carnival/children's rides. They just looked lonely instead of discarded like trash.
I knew I recognized that woman, scarey how she'll be forever type-cast as the deranged looney, as somebody previously mentioned. Very "Silence of the Lambs-ish" when she was needing help getting the wheelchair into the van, but good play, did not see the taser coming though, I was wondering how she was going to subdue her. She had interesting facial expressions when it came to doin up her dolls, and to think that she was trying to recreate them from actual dolls from when she was a kid. How does one's reality and fantasy blur so much that they can no longer separate the two? Also, she was capable enough to sustain the victims' thru an IV, I wonder where she got her training from?
The father was even creepier than his daughter, that's amazing how Reid figured him out though, I didn't really think anything of him, until of course they mentioned the room with the lightning, I didn't really see him as abusing other little girls, and then giving her dolls away to them. Loved the dramatic ending though, Reid truly owned this episode, and loved to see him up and moving around again, I bet he is too!
I did enjoy his time with the boy at the end playing the chess game, it sorta brought me back to his relationship with Gideon, and everything that he's been through. Does the title refer to "The Valley of the Dolls?" Wasn't that a book or something? Interesting obsession to have, and not intending to kill her victims, but death was just a symptom of her obsession. I liked the variance to their theory on that.
"Valley of the Dolls" is a novel and movie from the '60's. The book was written by Jacqueline Susann and dealt with some very controversial topics such as abortion, drug addiction, and pornography--hot stuff for the 1960's! The movie was also very controversial and centered around three women embarking on careers. Patty Duke, Sharon Tate(murdered by the Manson Family in 1969), and Susan Hayward. The "dolls" were barbiturates(downers) which are highly addictive and were used the help them sleep after all the stimulants they consumed keep them going. They all ended up in the "valley" of depression and Sharon Tate's character commits suicide.
The title apparently didn't come from "Valley of the Dolls," but the loose similarities are a bit uncanny--three women, paralyzed by addiction to sleeping pills, being manipulated by others. and death for one of the characters(earlier victims in "Uncanny Valley"). As Patrick Jane would say, "There is no such thing as a coincidence."
|Copied this from the note I added when I added the episode: The title of this episode refers to the hypothesis that holds when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, this resemblance causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The "valley" is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot's lifelikeness and explains why almost-human-looking robots scare people more than mechanical-looking robots. |
Would anyone agree that we felt revulsion when we observed the dolls?
|Copied this from the note I added when I added the episode: The title of this episode refers to the hypothesis that holds when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, this resemblance causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The "valley" is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot's lifelikeness and explains why almost-human-looking robots scare people more than mechanical-looking robots. Would anyone agree that we felt revulsion when we observed the dolls?|
I looked up the definition of the term "uncanny valley" when I became curious about the title after I saw the preview, and after watching the episode I know exactly what it means - I can't remember another time where the actual victims creeped me out! The make up in this episode was superb, the women looked beautiful and eerie at the same time but crucially, if the hair and clothes were modern then I doubt that the effect would have had such an impact, they really did look like dolls and as Emily might have said they also looked so "lifelike"!
It was wonderful seeing more of MGG and I was especially relieved to see that he managed to walk without a cane. I love the way Reid's mind works but I also find his sensitivity towards certain unsubs so endearing, although he has matured a lot since the early episodes and can be assertive when necessary, I loved the confrontation with Samantha's pig-of-a-father, what a dirtbag! Poor Samantha reminded me of Kathy Bates in "Misery" for some reason, the actress who played her (Jennifer Hasty) was great!
I might be wrong but didn't I read that Hotch struggled with this case? He seemed fine to me or was I reading the wrong episode summary? All in all though, I absolutely loved this episode
The actresses restricted to using on their eyes were amazing!! And the make-up.... freaking crazy, yet so smooth and beautiful.
Maybe making something out of nothing... but after they have the Unsub in custody, Rossi says "Good job, Agent Reid" or something to that effect. Maybe because the chess / Gideon references made Gideon on my mind, always calling him "Dr Reid" to be sure he isn't treated like a kid. Maybe be calling him "Agent Reid" Rossi was hinting our good Dr is all grown up now? Or a nod to his being more than just a brilliant mind? *shrug*
|I read that Hotch struggled with this case? He seemed fine to me or was I reading the wrong episode summary?|
I totally agree man! give the emmy/people's choice award to the make-up/wardrobe/script/director and everyone else, this is the creepiest episode I've ever seen and it was sooo good I saw it 3 more times!