Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The DVD Edition
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So I was really interested in this spinoff . . . I really wanted to like it. I really tried to like it. Believe me, I don't usually give TV shows this much effort. Therefore, I was genuinely surprised at what a disappointment this was. Eventually, my biggest hope was that it would be cancelled before it started dragging down the reputation of the original.
As I see it, there were two major problems, and they both result from this attempting to be a spinoff of the original. First, the very premise for whole show was weak at best. Why would a "team" like this be needed? Most of the cases it dealt with could be just as easily handled by decent local authorities or already existing special forces, such as SWAT teams. If it gets more complicated than that, you call in the REAL Criminal Minds crew. I just could never believe that this group would even exist.
Second, if this group DID exist, why would THESE people be on it? Most of them seem so flawed, personally and/or professionally, that it is hard to believe they would have a job in law enforcement at all, let alone as part of some sort of elite force. Contrast that with the original Criminal Minds group in which the vast majority of characters seem eminently qualified at both a professional and personal level. In their case, their flaws make them more believable and interesting; the flaws don't define them as they do in this spinoff.
The bottom line: this seems like a story of a pretty week junior varsity group with one character from the original series tossed in occasionally to give it a shred of credibility. If you want entertainment, I think you'll enjoy re-watching episodes from the original series much more.
I could go into how each actor/actress tried to stretch their piece of dialogue into something poignant and meaningful, but I would write pages of utter failure. At one point I thought I was watching the overacting of CSI: Miami cast impersonating a Criminal Minds episode. It sucks that they dragged the character of Penelope into this, but actresses got to eat too, I suppose.
If you're thinking of buying this because you also loved Criminal Minds, do yourself a favor and give this one a pass. It'll probably be free on Prime or Hulu or Netflix soon enough that you can gag on how bad it is then...for "free."
The real thing was appalling.
At first it was difficult to pin out if the problem was script or acting. Finally I would settle for the cardboard screenplay and poor direction.
When the CRIMINAL MINDS series is about intelligent set-ups, subtle dialogue, and careful but realistic environments, the spin-off entered with characters out of a comic book, from the sweaty profiler done by Whitaker, always with a careful clad "underground" getup, to his co-workers, the guy with the cutout gloves, the girl with the laptop, and their need to repeat every clue out loud as if they needed to make a point that we should listen.
On the pilot it was a blue van, when the kid witness is "persuaded" by Whitaker to remember what happened, he says "a blue van". Then we get the flashback to se the van. Then every member of the team repeats the word as if a mantra just to establish that is a "good" clue.
Dialogue needs serious work here, and so is delivery, which end up like posing and speaking.
No suspense, no way to relate to the inner team's stories, which seem forced at the most.
A must skip.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good Show,its a shame it ended too soon. It would have been nice to have at least one more episode to finish the story-line that ended the series. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ken
I loved watching the program, too bad I watched them all. Wish there was more to watch.Published 3 days ago by Diane Thompson
Good show..much less collarborative dynamic between the team members than in the original series which I prefer.Published 4 days ago by Frank
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