Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review - Criminal Minds Season 5 Episode 13 Risky Business

The writing in Criminal Minds has always been inconsistent, and that was very apparent last night. There were great moments and great lines of dialogue, but the story sucked. It was preachy, illogical, and stupid. I wanted to like the episode and it actually wasn't half bad, but I was dissappointed with many parts.

The twist for the sake of being a twist turns into one of the weirdest things ever on Criminal Minds. The father chokes his son, makes other kids commit suicide, and killed his wife because he has Munchausen syndrome by proxy and an assortment of other disorders.

A bit of J.J.'s backstory came out for the first time, and it was very odd. Her sister committed suicide when she was 11, which is why she was so invested in the case. It doesn't explain why her reaction was so pronounced in this episode when there had to be a case involving suicide previously. The problem with pieces of information in the show is that there are never any arcs or major changes which can be seen week to week. The purpose of a backstory is to continue developing the characters, and if the characters don't develop, there's no point.

Score: 8.5/10


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