These very scars have the potential to unleash the demon in few whose criminal minds are responsible for inhumanly acts. If you’re wondering what I’m pointing at, then tune into Star World India at 10 pm from Monday to Friday. My inevitable depression of White Collar season three bidding farewell, took a handsome exit, as I gave a heartfelt welcome to Criminal Minds. It was almost like taking the last bite of a chicken tandoori with a heavy heart, minutes before some hot Mughlai Chicken is served! Both the shows have identical moods, moments and ofcourse, The FBI!
I’ve got smoothly used to a Peter Burke deficiency. And why not? The unit chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U) Aaron Hotchner, has done all that he could to please ‘hungry-for-adventure’ mentals like me. The most significant feature dwelling in this show is the uniqueness and necessity every character wears.
With every new, intense, peculiar crimes taking place, the team works to their own expectations, giving us their level best.
This is probably the first time when I felt- “oh my, they couldn’t have done this without her/him.” The manner of making every individual badly necessary makes it all the more watchable.
At times, we keep wondering about the unbelievable criminal behaviours. Some crimes obviously seem spiced up and too much of a drama. But Criminal Minds, like most of the Star World shows, possess new flavours to keep you glued to the tv set. You’re tired of the crowd, enjoy the background score. Whenever the criminal becomes less shrewd and genius compared to The FBI, Criminal Minds won’t let you down.
"There are certain clues at a crime scene which by their very nature do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How's one collect love, rage, hatred, fear...? These are things that we're trained to look for." ~ Gideon quotes James Reese
There’s the man Dr Spencer Reid who grabs all the evaporating attention back to the plot. The caramel smile and dimples with an ‘I’m-always-cool’ demeanour can do the job better! The name hits the ears creating the very obvious impression that he might be the most grave, grim and grumbling veteran of the BAU.
I’ve had the same freezed awe when I got to know, that he held PhDs in Chemistry, Mathematics and Engineering as well as BAs in Sociology and Psychology and working on Philosophy. Nah, that’s not all. The intriguing fact of the matter lies in the fact that he’s the youngest in the team, with an IQ of 187, capable to read 20000 words per minute, with the hell lot of memory. That brings me to wonder that any detective team would excel in the presence of a multifaceted Einstein like Reid.
Be it David Rossi, JJ (Jennifer Jareau) or the extravagantly dressed Penelope, all of them adds their own cardamoms to the Criminal Minds dish. Often the focus unknowingly drifts to the teamwork and strategies than the criminal itself!
Only if they could come up with a little more thrill on the crime portions and a better concept of criminal matters, the BAU might get to compete for the ‘most eligible criminal butchers’ of the tele world! They can probably do without the very much expected episode conclusions and try new perspectives of solving ‘often easy cases.’ But nevertheless, minds dealing with criminals ain’t bad at all!
Ankita Paul (Infra Red Franco)