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    "Criminal Minds" First Season Talkback (Spoilers)

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    Criminal Minds premieres tonight after CSI before moving to its normal time of Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET next week.



    CRIMINAL MINDS is a psychological suspense thriller about an elite squad of profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Leading the team is Special Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), the FBI's top behavioral analyst. The experts on Gideon's team include Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Special Agent Aaron Hotch (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets; Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), an expert on obsessional crimes; and Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), an agent with a background in sexual offenses who is motivated by her own unsolved assault years before. Each member of the team brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.


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    When a fourth woman goes missing in Seattle during the course of four months, the team is brought in to profile her captor and find him before he strikes again. Gideon, who has taken a six month leave of absence since running lead on a case in Boston that ended in disaster, is asked back to help crack the case. While the team works to hunt down the serial killer, Hotch is asked to discreetly evaluate whether or not Gideon is really ready to return to full-time duty.

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    The series was decent, but there's really nothing to distinguish it from the dozen other procedural dramas out there. At least it wasn't as bad as Bones.

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    I liked it. The famous quotes started to get on my nerves after awhile, but it was good. I liked how they switched to a flashback at the end. So, what really went down that day? We had some clues in the dialogue, I guess the whole story will come out eventually. CBS is insane to air this during Lost.(A show that I don't watch) Hope they can survive, I already like this show.

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    Well I really liked it. I mean who doesn't want to see Inigo Montoya solve crimes?

    Personally I love the famous quotes, not only because I am a fan of such quotes myself, but it tells us a little bit more about who Gideon is and makes the show a little bit more unique as they seem to tie to the case somehow.

    I like the whole "criminal minds" aspect of the show where they are trying to work up a profile. Clearly Jason Gideon is the master of this type of thing and each of the other members of the team play a particular role that contributes to solving the case. I haven't been that impressed with the other two "crime dramas" I have checked out this season, but I'll be sticking with Criminal Minds.
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    "Compulsion" September 29, 2005

    Due to the low level of love for Criminal Minds, the series will reside in this thread for the rest of the season. Talk about the next episode which moves the series to its normal time, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.



    Wednesday, September 29, 9:00PM ET/PT
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    When a college campus is terrorized by a serial arsonist, the team attempts to identify the firestarter before he strikes again
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    I watched the first episode. Decent but not too inspired. I'd still watch it if it weren't against Lost and Veronica Mars.

    ...actually my third choice for this time slot was Head Cases but thats already cancelled ...as Criminal Minds undoubtedly will be if it doesn't soon get a new timeslot with a decent lead-in.
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    I planned on watching the show, but I missed the premier and since it airs the same time as Lost (which I became hooked on last night) I won't be watching it.

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    "Compulsion"

    You folks are missing a great show! 24 and Prison Break build the situations and the tension builds, but Criminal Minds makes you think!

    Gideon is awesome with this sort of thing and it's just amazing to watch him (and his staff) work to catch the criminal. The flashback story and the one at the college were both played out very well.

    I just love how the littlest thing can lead them to the answer. When they were trying to figure out what "three" the girl was going to go for to set the next fire, I shivered a little bit when I saw her three lab partners walking down the hallway. Thank goodness the combination of Hotch and Gideon were there to stop her.

    It's a shame this show is on against Lost. I believe it did well after CSI in its first week, but that timeslot isn't as tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Dalek
    Face it Pengy, CBS has it in the death slot. It's not gonna make it.
    It seems that way. It's disappointing though, teamed with CSI, Criminal Minds was fourth in the ratings and I just can't believe no on followed it. I think I'll bump this thread one more time fo next week's show and see what happens. No reason for me to talk to myself.
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    I'm not saying it's a bad show, but is it really any better than Without a Trace or Cold Case? There's just too many of these procedural dramas out there and there doesn't seem to be enough in this show to differentiate it from all the other ones out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Moron
    I'm not saying it's a bad show, but is it really any better than Without a Trace or Cold Case? There's just too many of these procedural dramas out there and there doesn't seem to be enough in this show to differentiate it from all the other ones out there.
    I don't watch either of those so I couldn't tell you. The things that I think set this show apart (without actually comparing) are the famous quotes from Gideon that also fit with whatever the situation is and the way they place themselves in the situation to figure out what is going on. Like this past week, Morgan (Shemar Moore) was thinking about the arsonist and looking at a blank wall, then the wall became a campus sidewalk and he was watching students go past as he continued his voiceover and then it went back to the wall.

    The team is brought in when the authorities in the area have been exhausted. Their perps aren't the football player who accidently killed his teacher in the parking lot and then ran, they're after the guy who's hit four people with a car in the parking lot with signs that he'll do it again.

    If this show makes it, Mandy Patinkin should be under serious Emmy consideration.
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    "Won't Get Fooled Again" October 5, 2005

    This will possibly be the last attempt for the Criminal Minds talkback. Lost is of course more popular than this show around these parts (E-Ring is moving up an hour because of it). I see no reason to bump a thread where I talk to myself so I won't bump it with new episode info next week if no one wants it. Tune in to CBS at 9 p.m. ET for Criminal Minds.



    Wednesday, October 5, 9:00PM ET/PT
    "Won't Get Fooled Again"


    Gideon and his team track down a copycat bomber terrorizing a quiet community.
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    I'm going to Tivo Lost and watch this tonight, Penguin. I'll let you know what I think of it. I tend to like almost any of these crime drama type shows so it's got a good chance of grabbing me.

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    I gave it a try and it's nothing special. Without A Trace and CSI are both much better shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Penguin
    I don't watch either of those so I couldn't tell you. The things that I think set this show apart (without actually comparing) are the famous quotes from Gideon that also fit with whatever the situation is and the way they place themselves in the situation to figure out what is going on. Like this past week, Morgan (Shemar Moore) was thinking about the arsonist and looking at a blank wall, then the wall became a campus sidewalk and he was watching students go past as he continued his voiceover and then it went back to the wall.
    That doesn't really sound much different from CSI or last year's dreadful Medical Investigation. Oh, and I don't really watch Cold Case since it's not really on at a convenient timeslot, but Without a Trace is excellent. I would say it's probably the best procedural drama on TV right now. And one of the only ones that I actually bother to watch.

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    "Won't Get Fooled Again"

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    I gave it a try and it's nothing special. Without A Trace and CSI are both much better shows.
    So I assume this means you won't be watching again?

    I've never watched any of the other shows (outside of a couple CSI episodes) so I can't compare, I just know that I've really enjoyed Criminal Minds thus far.

    I like how the opening credits are done with all the pictures running behind the cast.

    This episode with the bomber copycat was interesting. I just like how the profiles are built and how Gideon knew that Bale wouldn't be able to control himself and had the other wire cut.

    It may not be as good as some of the others, but I'm going to keep watching until it gets cancelled or whatever happens.

    Due to complete lack of demand, this thread will not be bumped next week.
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    This is nowhere near the level of Without A Trace or CSI, Master Moron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Penguin
    So I assume this means you won't be watching again?

    I've never watched any of the other shows (outside of a couple CSI episodes) so I can't compare, I just know that I've really enjoyed Criminal Minds thus far.
    If you haven't seen it, you should watch Without A Trace. It's a fantastic show. It's much better than Criminal Minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi
    If you haven't seen it, you should watch Without A Trace. It's a fantastic show. It's much better than Criminal Minds.
    I'll keep that in mind.
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