As Someone Who Has Never Seen "Criminal Minds," I Watched The Pilot And Finale And Nothing In The Middle
What happened...to all the characters?
Hey friends, it's Farrah. If you don't know the drill by now: I watch the first episode and last episode of popular or beloved TV shows that I've never seen without watching anything in between. Controversial! Today, I'm bringing you my thoughts and feelings about a show that recently ended, Criminal Minds.
Here's what I know about Criminal Minds. A group of people track down criminals, and Matthew Gray Gubler is in it. Honestly, that's about it. I'd guess that it hits with the CSI and Law & Order crowd. I'm pretty excited to watch and form my own opinions.
We begin with a cold open where a woman is IMing (instant messaging, for all the youths who weren't around to experience this in 2005) a stranger about test driving a car. Seems safe and not sus at all!
It wouldn't be a crime-solving show if we didn't see something sketchy happening in the opening, I guess. The driver won't let her out, and it's assumed he's kidnapping her. Now the criminal masterminds must solve the mystery!!!
There's a quick opening with these two discussing what they should name their baby. They land on Gideon, which I assume means something to someone, but not before mentioning Donald, which...yikes.
We're introduced to some characters that I can't quite keep track of, but they're basically going to try and figure out where that lady is.
Matthew Gray Gubler and Gideon (?) discover that the bad guy is a serial killer. Don't worry, I have a feeling they'll get to the bottom of this.
I don't know what this guy's deal is, but he came back to work after a break of some kind, and it's unclear as to why he needed a break. But anyway, he seems smart.
Reid is the kind of character who figures out the weird, impossible details of cases because he's ~super smart~ but also kind of annoying.
Gideon takes the lead after ~analyzing~ his behaviors and some evidence. I'm guessing he is supposed to be the main character.
Gideon thinks he knows the model of car the criminal is driving, and he and his team set up a raid on his house.
But when they get there, they realize it's the wrong car even though the suspect seems like he might be involved. HMM.
The suspect is a bit creepy. Gideon's team searches the house for clues as to where our missing lady is.
HERE WE GO, BABY! RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK TIME. If Gideon doesn't find her = bad news. Her life is literally in his hands. We gotta love these high stakes.
Meanwhile, a guy named Morgan calls this lady who reminds me of Wade from Kim Possible. He's like, "hack into this computer for me." But she's like, "LOL that security system is too strong. SORRY."
So Morgan and Reid have to crack the password knowing almost nothing about this guy. Oh, and they only get six tries. No pressure. They get the idea that the password must be hidden in his CD collection and based on the CD he listens to the most. Wild guess, but OK! You're the experts.
They get the password right on the first try after realizing he listens to Metallica, specifically "Enter Sandman," which really took me back to the time my high school boyfriend said he wanted to walk down the aisle to this song.
Meanwhile, Gideon pulls over the right car but the WRONG GUY is in it, leading him to believe the true criminal is getting ready to murder that lady.
We cut to the hacked computer that Morgan and Reid cracked and see a livestream of the very much alive woman who is being tortured. Jeez, this is dark. Also, this old school desktop has a floppy disk folder to the right. What a time!
Gideon SWOOPS IN and the girl lives!
As a callback to the beginning, these three discuss the meaning of the name Gideon and, to no one's surprise, Reid drops an intellect bomb and says it means "mighty warrior."
Afterward, Gideon is seen stopping to get gas at a small little station. He sees someone who seems SUSPICIOUS, which leads him to believe there were more people tied to these serial killings.
And this is the final image of the pilot, leaving us with a MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER. So rude.
- Gideon doesn't die. He's the main character and this was just a cheap cliffhanger to get the series through the door.
- Reid becomes more bearable and less of a robot.
- I foresee some chemistry between Greenaway (I had to Google her name) and Morgan, but it ultimately doesn't last.
- I'm going to be bold and predict none of them get killed off.
GUESS WHAT, FRIENDS. You get a little bonus content this time. Why? Because I accidentally watched Season 12, Episode 22 instead of the finale since it was the last season on Netflix. Should I have googled? Absolutely. But then would I have had the opportunity to see AUBREY PLAZA BEING PERFECTLY CAST IN THIS EPISODE? No. I would not.
Reid now looks like all the indie guitar playing boys in bands I had a crush on as a teen.
Also, Jane Lynch????? Is Reid's mom???
And I...do I want to know?
Anyway, let's get to the real finale. Which is not on Netflix. Very uncool of them, but whatever.
And by the way, CBS took Seasons 13–15 off CBS All Access even though they're literally promoting that they have the whole show on there? So I watched the finale on FANDANGO. The plot twists in 2020 never cease to amaze me.