Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, AJ Cook, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. The team is called up by the different local police force to assist in cases that involve serial or extremely violent killers. The team profiles the unknown perpetrator in order to catch them. Due to the nature of the work by the BAU, it being extremely psychologically demanding and that they spend a lot of time together in the air flying from city to city the team members have created a bond and are fiercely loyal to the team and each other.
I really love this show I’ve been following it since it’s started. I love each of the characters and what they bring to the team. There are lots of reviews saying that the show is very much like CSI but I felt that it was different. CSI is more based on physical evidence whereas Criminal Minds is more on the psychology of what makes the perpetrators tick and why they were doing the crimes. The casting was amazing! Jason Gideon was the perfect start to the series and as the team outgrew him or as he outgrew the job. Spencer Reid is just an amazing human being with this super knowledge and eidetic memory. Love Penelope Garcia with her super computer genius that helps the team conduct searches. She’s definitely me favourite. Jennifer Jareau who turns from team media expert to a profiler in the later seasons. David Rossi joins the team after leaving the FBI for a couple of years, Emily Prentiss comes from Interpol and joins the team with her multiple languages and knowledge from her stations overseas. Derek Morgan who’s insanely loyal and fantastic at his job and of course there’s their unit chief Aaron Hotchner who’s unflappable and a little drill sergeant. After all these seasons the team goes through the ups and downs through each of these cases which also changes their personal lives but they’ve stuck together through it all. But when we came to season 12 we see that Hotchner leaves to protect his son and Morgan leaves to start his own family. The team has Prentiss as their unit chief and Luke Alvez joins them from the Fugitive Task Force where he was responsible for capturing fugitives on the run.
I was completely heartbroken when Morgan left the team but I completely understood after what happened to him and now he’s got a child on the way. But the best thing that came was that they bought Prentiss back. She’s been one of my favourites ever since she joined the team. To be honest I can rave on and on about this show and what I love about it but now I would love to hear what your thoughts on the show are? Do you love it? Who’s your favourite?