Criminal Minds: Lessons Learned
(S02E10) Great episode. It felt a little bit generic (most crime dramas have already had the "terrorist" episode by now), but Criminal Minds still managed to put it's own twist on the story.
This was the first episode where we got to see what Agent Prentiss is all about. She's good. Very good. She seems to have an almost Dr. Reid level of knowledge. Not to mention literacy and fluency in most forms of Arabic. I love Paget Brewster, but it still feels like she's acting in the role of Beth Huffstodt, you know? I'm sure she'll adjust her acting style for this part. But right now I'm agreeing with what a few commenters said about her last week. She needs to tone it down a little. She's still a bit too enthused.
Nice turn by Anthony Azizi as the terrorist being held down at Guantanamo Bay. The guy is a great actor. Loved him in Commander in Chief too. From a timid, homosexual presidential aide to a hardened Egyptian terrorist. Quite the range.
How good was it when Gideon tricked him at the end though? He completely manipulated time with the guy. It was easy for us viewers to catch on though. Morning came rather fast didn't it?
Despite the fact that Gideon does seem to be a hard guy to work for, I like that Prentiss had to work for his approval. He's willing to give you respect but you need to give him something first. Emily did that, so from here on out she's part of the team.
Anyone else notice how struck Garcia was when her and JJ saw the news of the explosion? We've always known that she cared about Morgan, but this was the first time she was visibly shaken (tears and all) knowing that he might have been dead. I wonder if she'll make a play for him this season?
I was also glad they revisited Hotch and his family. He's never home but his wife seems to be awfully understanding of what he does for work. How much longer can that go on? I think for the sake of story, she needs to leave him. I really want to see how that affects his character.
Anyone catch the preview for next week? Anton Yelchin (he starred as Paget Brewster's son Byrd on Huff) is guest-staring in next week's episode. I wonder if she recommended him for the part? It looks like a good one.