Criminal Minds: Sex, Birth, Death
(S02E11) I don't want to call this the best Criminal Minds episode ever. There's only been 33 episodes thus far, so who knows what's in store. I'd like to say it was the best. But how about this instead:
This was far and away my personal favorite Criminal Minds episode yet. I can't say a bad thing about it.
It prominently featured Reid, had a great and well thought out case, and it marked the reunion of Anton Yelchin and Paget Brewster. Yelchin... man, this kid can act. Checking out his IMDb page, and I'm ticked that I missed an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent that he guested in a few months ago. If he turned in half the performance he had here then it would have certainly been worth watching.
The case dealt with the deaths of numerous Washington D.C. area prostitutes. They were mangled and had words carved into their stomachs. Yelchin played a high-school student named Nathan Harris who approached Reid early on in the episode. Reid profiled him during their brief conversation and determined that this kid might be the one killing the women. It wasn't Nathan, but man did Yelchin turn in one hell of a performance as the disturbed kid or what? That scene where Gideon gave him a psych evaluation? Spectacular. This is definitely an episode I'd like to see ripped apart on a DVD in an "anatomy of an episode" special feature.
Anyone else find it interesting that Reid found a connection between himself and Nathan? I think it's very telling of Reid and his value of unharnessed intelligence. He saw potential in this kid despite Gideon's adamant stance that Nathan would kill. It was just a matter of when. Of course, those listening to Nathan knew that the only person he would hurt would be himself. To protect others in the future. That's exactly what he did but Reid was able to save the boy's life. Perhaps he'll be back in a later episode? We can only hope. I think it'd make for a great cliff-hanger if Nathan turned out to be a prolific serial killer and he kept leaving clues for only Reid... or something like that.
I was surprised there wasn't more screen time between Nathan and Prentiss. They only shared a few lines and that was it. But that's just my fixation with Huff. It was odd seeing these two talk and not having every other word be the "f-bomb."
Speaking of Prentiss though, anyone else think she's up to something? Despite her go get 'em attitude I wonder what she's hiding. Hotch accused her of having a political agenda and that's why she landed on the team but she deflected the accusations easily. Remember what Morgan said earlier in the episode? That sexual sadists are masters of mimicking honestly and sincerity. Politicians are good at that too. Emily was raised by diplomats and considers numerous White House and Congressional regulars (like Mel Harris' congresswoman in this episode) to be her friends. She might be up to something and is just really good at lying to Hotch... we'll see.
Reid (to Nathan): "I know what it's like to be afraid of your own mind."