Criminal Minds: Lo-Fi (season finale)
by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 22nd 2008 10:01AM
(S03E19) Talk about ending a season in an explosive way!
In the past three years, this week's episode was probably the second episode of Criminal Minds that I watched in its entirety. It's not a bad show but I just can't watch everything that airs on TV. However, since I stop watching any American Idol season after Hollywood Week, so I wasn't going to watch the finale, and because my usual Wednesdays at 9 PM shows were done for the season, I tuned in to CBS and watched the BAU at work.
The team was sent to NYC to determine if random shootings of victims who had nothing in common were the work of one or more shooters. I, who is not a regular viewer of the show, enjoyed the case of the week because it had a good number of twists and turns (finding out there were more than one shooter, one of them waiting for the detectives to arrive and shooting one of them, etc.).
But the case of the week was thrown out the window in the episode's last 30 seconds or so. We saw each character enter a different car and then BOOM!, one of them blew up. It may not be an original ending, since a lot of series had bombs go off in their season finales, but it is a major game changer nonetheless.
Per the hits we got here at TV Squad on our Criminal Minds category minutes after the episode ended, and after reading some of the comments at official CM forums, it seems that the ending surprised a lot of fans. Comments on the forums range from "They can't do that to the team!!!" to "I hope they kill off Joe Mantegna's character because he's no Gideon!" Fans are not happy campers right now and most of them, according to what I've read on the web, hope that the explosion occurred in a car where none of the team was.
Hours before the season finale aired, TV Guide posted an article about it in which executive producer Ed Bernero reveals that "one of our team is going to be severely injured and viewers will have to wait all summer to find out who it was." Look at his choice of words: severely injured. Could it be that no one will die but that someone will spend weeks, if not months, in the hospital?
Dead or severely injured, depending on who was hit, the show could have totally different dynamics when it returns for a fourth season this fall. What did you think of the finale? Who do you think was hit by the explosion? Do you think the explosion is linked to the case of the week?
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