I finished watching Criminal Minds season 2. It was about the same as season 1. There were a few decent episodes, there were some really not good episodes. Overall, it hasn’t gotten better, but at least it has not gotten worse. Some of the scenarios/cases are over the top in this season. (I say as if any serial killing is not “over the top”…..) Specifically, episodes “Sex, Birth, Death” and “The Last Word” are examples of really depraved and twisted killers. In fact, the former is so bizarre and disturbing that I feel its a bit too much to have been aired on network television.
The writers did attempt to develop some of the characters. We see this with the episode (“Profiler, Profiled”) that takes place in Chicago and provides us with some yucky details of Morgan’s past. This isn’t a great episode, but it does represent the entire season. Basically, one of the overarching concepts of this season is that those in the BAU are just as much hunters as the killers in the episode “Open Season.” The last episode drives this point home with a scene involving Agent Hotchner.
There are a variety of cases. One involves Muslim fanatical terrorism, another bank robberies, another the Russian mob. However, and this is one of my complaints about the show, practically all the killers/killings are traced back to some depravity involving sex. It seems like the goal of the BAU is to connect how a killing relates to sex – in some way. Now, surely, there are some sexually-motivated serial killers. However, watching this season, I feel like underneath all the variables and circumstances, it all starts with deviant sex. Did Freud write this show? Are the writers channeling him?
I still like Garcia. Elle is gone in this season. Overall, I have trouble rating this series. I guess somewhere between 2 and 3 stars for this season. It wasn’t very good. However, its “easy” to watch in that one episode just rolls into another and another.