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Season 3 Episode 4

Double Vision

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 1998 on NBC
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Twelve residents of a small Alabama town have mysteriously disappeared. When one of the missing is found dead, the VCTF begins an investigation.

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  • Solid episode with a distinct change in style and visuals.

    7.5
    I'm on the fence about Double Vision. My initial take was not very positive - certain pieces felt forced while others were underused. But on reviewing, I liked it better.



    The relationship between Pat Healy's Kyle and Nick Offerman's Bobby was played exactly right. Bobby, a gone to seed high school athlete and small town bully, dominates (or tries to) those around him. Offerman plays the part pitch perfect - he is the small town high school football hero whose adult life amounted to a hill of beans; only Kyle continues to idolize him. His wife seems to barely tolerate him. Their scenes together - which at first put me off - have a dreary realism that perfectly captures the world they inhabit on the margins of a small town with little in their future. The two of them together are an obviously toxic mix that can explode in dangerous ways.



    Profiler has typically used a stylish tone - heavy on shadows and light, creating high tech gothic spaces for its characters. Double Vision is a definite move away from that visual language - the low rent motel, the woods, the borrowed lab for Grace, all mark a noteworthy departure from the usual style. It worked in this episode. I'm less sanguine about the portrayal of the relationships within the team. Grace's matchmaking for Sam is forced and feels awkward; Sam's growing testiness with the other team members is out of character. The idea obviously was to give her a more human side, to make Sam a more rounded character. The problem is that it comes across as petulant and adolescent. The final act - in which Kyle and Bobby are captured and interrogated - is one of the episodes smarter moments. We are reminded that even though he's the "submissive" partner Kyle's emotional need for Bobby means he won't turn on him even though he should; Bobby, by contrast, has a weak spot- that being his ego. Malone's face time with him - needling him about being "with" his victims after they were dead - was sly and clever. This is a man driven by ego by his need to dominate; faced with a situation in which he couldn't dominate he was prepared to wait it out but he could be baited - to defend his ego. It worked.



    I'm on the fence about this episode - good but not great, solid without really excelling. At the same time, this episode is a clear model for what CBS would do with Criminal Minds some years later.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Grace Alvarez

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