Criminal Minds (S12E02): “Sick Day” 

Review:  Powerful. Vulnerable. Mother. Wife. Friend and Colleague. Jennifer Jareau are all those things and more, and in the latest episode of Criminal Minds each facet of her make up as a person is explored. Played, for 12 years, by AJ Cook, this latest episode titled “Sick Day” focused of JJ and her response to…

Criminal Minds (S12E01): “The Crimson King”

Review:  12 seasons later Criminal Minds continues to be psychologically thrilling, with moments of comedy and an overall sense of teamwork, loyalty and unapologetic commitment to justice. Opening their season, the BAU Team have their hands full, still on the hunt for the escaped serial killers of last season. “The Crimson King” opened on an…

Criminal Minds (S11E22): “The Storm”

Review:  Criminal Minds’ hotly anticipated season finale was nothing short of gripping. After the previous episode left us hanging, we were all eager to see what storm Antonia Slade (Frances Fisher) was talking about. What did she know? What did she have planned? Well, the episode itself started off like any other normal morning –…

Criminal Minds (S11E21): “Devil’s Backbone”

Review: Criminal Minds never ceases to pull out a heart-stopping penultimate episode, and this one was no different. Add to the high-octane nature, guest star Francis Fisher, and it’s a combination worthy of applause. The episode titled “Devil’s Backbone” opens with two police officers in the mail room of a prison; they are going through…

Criminal Minds: (S11E20) “Inner Beauty”

Review: This week’s Criminal Minds episode “Inner Beauty” was the first that saw the newly smaller team come up against one, quite odd Unsub. The team definitely, for the first time in a couple of season, feels relatively smaller since the departure of Morgan (Shemar Moore). Briefly solved last week with the return of Prentiss…

Criminal Minds: (S11E19) “Tribute”

Review: It is safe to say that last week’s Criminal Minds had us reaching for the tissues, and just a week on we are all probably still coming to terms with the reality that our beloved Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) has moved on. But if there was ever a solution that may dull the ache…

Criminal Minds: (S11E18) “Beautiful Disaster”

Review: When we look back on moments from the past eleven seasons of Criminal Minds, there are quite a few that stand out when it comes to leaving us floored, both mentally and emotionally. When Spencer (Matthew Gray Gubler) was abducted, Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) shot, Hotch (Thomas Gibson) tormented by Foyet, JJ (AJ Cook) tortured…

Criminal Minds: (S11E17) “The Sandman”

Review: The latest Criminal Minds episode titled, “Sandman”, jumped forward 6 months following the events that saw Derek (Shemar Moore) abducted, held hostage and tortured. In the opening moments of the episode, Derek is seen arriving back at the BAU following an extended period of leave. We discover from this beat, that he an Savannah…

Criminal Minds: (S11E16) “Derek”

Review: Last week’s Criminal Minds left us with one hell of a cliff hanger when beloved Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) was drugged and abducted. This week, we picked up right where we left off. The episode, rightly titled “Derek” opened with a truck pulling into an abandoned piece of land where an isolated…

Criminal Minds: (S11E15) “A Badge and a Gun”

Review: Criminal Minds returned this week with an episode titled “A Badge and a Gun”. In the opening scenes we spend some time with Morgan (Shemar Moore) as he stresses out a little when girlfriend Savannah texts saying “we need to talk”. We all know that’s code for something serious or bad. Rossi (Joe Mantegna)…

Criminal Minds: (S11E14) “The Hostage”

Review:  Didn’t think I’d ever hear a sound more powerful than chalk on a chalkboard but the opening scene in this week’s Criminal Minds changed that. In an episode titled “The Hostage” we open on a teenage girl hurriedly trying to saw off a padlock. The noise is enough to make anyone cringe. The girl…

Criminal Minds (S11E13) “The Bond”

Review After 11 years on the air Criminal Minds is still as thrilling as ever. Some may say a procedural like this is repetitive – same stories, different resolutions, same environment or boring characters. However, what the team at Criminal Minds continues to do is offer up new, shocking and psychologically terrifying episodes. I’m still…