40 Hours of Television

The class is over, but the discussion continues. Does the media shape reality, or does reality shape the media? Art can imitate life...and life can imitate art. "40 Hours of TV" will explore the media and its impact on us all.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Review: "Criminal Minds" Series Premier

This show was absolutely incredible. I am a huge fan of drama television and I haven’t watched a show that made my heart jump like this one in a long time. I came in with the impressions that this would be another CSI knock-off, but was pleasantly surprised by the fresh angle the writers took in developing the first episode.

The cast of the show is what really makes it happen for me. The mix and the interaction came across flawless. Mandy Patinkin plays the role of Gideon who is an old pro recovering from a bout of depression caused by a previous case. Matthew Gubler plays Dr. Spencer Reid who is a young genius who is full of random facts that come in quite hand when profiling criminals. Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Lola Glaudini, and A.J. Cook round out the cast. The cast seems to have a natural interaction and it really works in the show.

Add in the fact that the plot of the show was absolutely intense, and you have yourself a real winner. Just when you thought it would go one way it went the other. The progression in the first episode was remarkable and the writers are to be commended for coming up with such a brilliant plot.

Criminal Minds is a must see. If you missed it this week, you should defiantly check it out next week. Let’s hope that they can keep it up and continue to bring fresh perspectives to criminal drama. It will air on Wednesdays at 9PM eastern.

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