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24 March 2011 @ 09:05 pm
"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" 1x01 - 1x06: I'm out  
Well, it's official: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" is Not Good. There's no need to get into too much by way of specifics, so I won't bother with a cut. Sarah Bunting is pretty on-target in that first paragraph, particularly when noting the "dialogue that assumes neither the viewers nor the characters themselves know anything about the field in which the characters work, therefore requiring exposition to explain the most elementary aspects of profiling or detective work". The characters act as if they met one another only two days ago, and the ways in which the fragments of their backstories are "worked in" are laughably clumsy. The dialogue in general is clumsy, for that matter; the line readings make me think the actors are reading literally cut-and-pasted scripts for the very first time. There is no flow, no rhythm, no tone modulation. And as violetcheetah noted while we watched the (wretched) backdoor pilot, a ragtag elite FBI team is a stupid concept. (A pardoned murderer? Right.) How did this show ever get Richard Schiff as a recurring guest?

I watch "Criminal Minds" because I like the characters a lot and I love the team. (Sidebar: Fie on all the people who put blatant spoilers for the latest episode, 6x18 "Lauren", in their open-comm-posted fic summaries and even disclaimers! I'm glad the mods are cracking down, finally.) In CM:SB, I don't care about any of these people beyond a vague annoyance ... though seeing that one actress react to a child's tearful embrace as though she'd swallowed a huge bug was on the amusing side. (Shame it was supposed to be emotional. Or something.) I don't really give a rip about the cases themselves, particularly not when they're recycling twists — not just plots, plot twists — from CM itself. The snippets we get of Garcia aren't enough, especially since they aren't bothering to synch her character with the developments in the primary show. That may be due to a scheduling snafu, but I don't care: I'm done.

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Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkey: Aw noninjamonkey73 on March 25th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
My biggest pet peeve right now is fic headers that spoil eps I haven't watched yet. And don't get me started on use of the phrase "spoilers for all eps that have aired to date", which, as someone who came to my other fandom post-finale, I find it problematic at best.

I follow a Castle/Beckett comm. I read my feed every morning. Castle airs past my bedtime on Mondays, so Tuesdays (and sometimes into Wednesday, etc) there is a window where I can get spoiled by silly people and their summaries.

I will confess, though, I'm a bit of a hypocrit. I've been actively seeking out Castle spoilers before the episodes even air, but for some reason I get my hackles up when someone spoils me when I wasn't ready. ;)
michelel72: Cat-Gonzo-Out of itmichelel72 on March 26th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh, seriously — I came into SGA right at the end, so I know what you mean. Just describe what season, at least!

But I get you on spoilers; you have to be in the right mindset, and I would think that just because you like certain types of spoilers, that doesn't mean you want them all!
WriterJCwriterjc on March 25th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I broke up with Criminal Minds: the mother ship. I still love the characters, but the last few eps I saw just didn't feel like the show i fell in love with. I haven't seen an ep since the "Bonnie & Clyde" episode. I've read comments on the episodes, but nothing has brought me back. Didn't even try SB, but wasn't enthusiastic to start with considering the backdoor pilot.
michelel72: CM-Garcia-Downcastmichelel72 on March 26th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh, that's such a shame! But I think I know what you mean; it's been kind of there, at best, all season.

Still miles better than SB, though. But seeing Torri Higginson again was a thrill, however brief. Hee.