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Criminal Minds: Season 3

Criminal Minds season 3

Criminal Minds season 3 DVD

I finished Criminal Minds season three the other day.  For most of the season, I would watch an episode and comment: “That wasn’t a very good episode….”   Basically, by the third disc, I had decided that I would give this season merely 2 stars.  After having watched the last disc, however, I was tempted to give the season 3 stars. But no! I shall not change my mind! Even if the last disc was markedly better than the previous ones, it still took great stamina and patience to get through the previous episodes.

The season begins where the previous season left off – in terms of the BAU characters’ situations. Gideon missing, Hotch and Prentiss off of the team.  Does anyone really care? I did not. I watched anyway. Finally in episode 6 “About Face,” we get our “Gideon replacement” in the character of David Rossi.  Rossi is played by Joe Mantegna, who has been in a whole pile of movies and TV shows.  Also, he is the parent of an autistic child.  Anyway, immediately I took a dislike to the character Rossi. He is grating and has a chip on his shoulder.

Penelope is still the most interesting character. In the episodes “Lucky” and “Penelope” she is shot by a new boyfriend. (The boyfriend is also one of the stars from the TV show Saving Grace.)  Then she meets and dates another FBI analyst, Kevin Lynch.  Penelope’s character is developed further (in case you had not already noticed that she is a geek) when she recognizes comic book artists, references California alternate lifestyles, and talks jargon with Lynch.

Emily Prentiss still over-plays all her lines. Derek Morgan still exists solely to kick down doors and tackle bad guys. It has actually become really amusing to call out when Morgan is about to kick a door in.

One of the particularly poor episodes was “Birthright,” which I think was completely unbelievable and really too bizarre.  The last three episodes of the season: “The Crossing,” “Tabula Rasa,” and “Lo Fi” are actually decent episodes and worth watching. Unfortunately, you have to suffer through the previous episodes to get to these. And I cannot ignore all the bad writing that came before just because the last three episodes were up to par.

Unfortunately, the last episode leaves off on a cliffhanger – an explosion, nonetheless. So, of course, now I want to see season 4. It’s not because of any great merit of the series, in general, but rather a curiosity that I have based on a couple of episodes. Again, I am still surprised that this show has so many seasons…. this season really seemed to be downright ridiculous in certain episodes. How long can I care about this team and their weirdo cases? I guess, I wish we got to learn more about the BAU and less about the grisly and extremely wacko killings.

2 stars

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The Guild: Season 3

The Guild Season 3

The Guild Season 3 DVD

I finished watching The Guild season 3.  There’s good and bad to be said about it. I’m giving this season the same number of stars for a rating – but for different reasons.

I love the spoofy / geeky content. Its fantastic. Also, I think the actors are having fun as well as doing  a good job. I feel like they are having a good time making this series. This counts for a lot because I have, on occasion, watched shows and felt that one or two actors really were strained in their role or on the series. I feel like they were not having fun and not enjoying their work. Everything is better if you like what you are doing. It comes across to the audience.

The video-ing and the sound is much better for this season. Not that it was necessarily bad in the previous two seasons, but this season is a big improvement. And one can feel that the budget increased, too. Not to say that it takes a huge budget to make anything worthy, but its tough to do without a decent budget. I am glad that this show is able to do all that it does. And the improvements made for the scenes, sounds, and video are noticeable and welcome.

The storyline is pretty good – at base. However, the stuff with Zaboo and Riley is a bit too much, I think. Also, this episode involved a lot more F-bombing and trash talking. Its okay at this level, I suppose, but it lost some of the innocent-geek of the first two seasons. Basically, this should be the limit. If it goes beyond this level, it will no longer be as comfortable and pleasant to watch.

The addition of Will Wheaton to the cast (as a villain) was an okay move. I think his comfort in front of the camera and delivering lines showed through. I think he blends easily with the cast so he doesn’t seem odd. I am not a Will Wheaton adoring fanboy, though I know there are some out there. He does a good job here, but I don’t want to say that because he’s there the show is any better.  In other words, the other actors were doing a fine job without him and don’t need him. He’s just a small plus to an already competent cast.

Speaking of the characters, I think each actor was quite a bit more adept in their roles this time. The character Clara was fantastic. Riley, although scary, was played very well. Overall this was another success for The Guild and I am, of course, looking forward to watching the next season(s).

3 stars