Criminal Minds: Legacy
(S02E22) It's not often that Criminal Minds disappoints me. So when it does happen, it's a little unsettling because the show is generally so good.
There's really no better way to put it other than I didn't like this episode one bit. It was bland, unimaginative, and to be perfectly honest... it felt like a total rip-off of the Saw films. A sadistic killer, ridding the world of people who aren't living their lives to the fullest potential. A "house-cleaner" as Morgan put it. Big deal.
One of the things that always grabs me about Criminal Minds is the originality of the ideas. Not so much this time. But I've made that much clear. So rather than dwell on the negative, let's talk about the three things that I liked about this episode. Wasn't much else that caught my eye...
- Detective McGee - Loved this character. He was meek and quirky and I think he'd make and excellent addition to the BAU team. He didn't talk too much, but when he did... you could tell there was more to him. Every good crime solving team needs an OCD note taker, right?
- JJ - Leave it to her to find the one way to make this case into a Federal concern. Who else would have thought to look at the post-mark on the letter and realize they were dealing with interstate communication? Little things like that may not seem like much, but I can appreciate it because it's smart writing.
- Hotch's Sarcasm - He can really be an insulting ass when he wants to be. Case in point? This brief exchange regarding the homeless problem:
Prentiss: What do you think happened to them?
Captain Wright: I told you. I don't think anything happened them
Hotch: Oh, that's right... you think they all got houses and jobs.
Overall though, this episode really couldn't be saved. They tried by beefing it up with some cutesy back-story about Gideon's grandfather and how he used to work on Charlie Chaplin films, but c'mon. Does that really add to anything? Now this is a first for me, because I've never rated an episode this low, but I think it was earned in this instance. 2 out of 7.