CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR “The Girl in the Blue Mask” Review

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior “The Girl in the Blue Mask”, Season 1 Episode 12 – With CBS canceling Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior this week, the quality of “The Girl in the Blue Mask” and next week’s season finale really doesn’t matter all that much. However, I am a professional, gosh darn it and I will be faithfully reviewing the whole series! I say we fight to the bitter end! Go out with a bang, baby! Let’s do this! Into the abyss we go!

Now I don’t like kicking things when they’re down, but as the critic of the show I have to point out its faults. While most of the concerns I usually levy against this show also applied to this episode (Poor rapport between members, unclear reason for the “red cell” team, sub-par acting and character development, etc.), there was something else that bugged me this time. This time, the way the Unsub was handled was a little irritating to me. I don’t understand why they hide their face! It isn’t like the Unsub is one of the cast members that we’ve already met and they need to keep his identity safe from us. It isn’t like if we saw his face we would say “Hey, it’s that guy!” Instead they’re just hiding his face to be mysterious, but it did nothing but distract me from his personal scenes. I would have bought the conflict with his daughter a lot easier if they showed his face in the first time 35 minutes of the episode.

The other issue with the episode was the writer’s decision to suddenly give Gina a personality. I’ve complained in previous reviews that Gina’s character is criminally underdeveloped. I know more about the background and personality traits of all of the other team members, but she has always been noticeably restrained. Well, it turns out it was probably for the best. Would you believe that she has daddy issues? Yeah! Her dad doesn’t respect her for the choices she’s made and she thinks the only reason she’s accepted is because of her looks! Oh, the tortured soul! Conveniently, that makes it easier for her to relate to the girl who thought she was ugly but turned out to be beautiful! Hooray!

This is not a great show. It’s had a couple good episodes, but all in all it’s obvious that the Criminal Minds faithful are not watching this show enough for CBS to renew it, so they haven’t. With one more episode left until…well…oblivion, here’s to hoping that Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior ends this inconsistent season on a high note!

Random Thoughts:

– The bakery that the unsub purchased the cake at is about five minutes from my house. It’s The Cupcake Tree in Canyon Country, California. I recommend you guys go by there if you’re in the area. Good cupcakes and nice people.

– Janeane Garofalo insult time! Current commenter Phoenix often mentions Garofalo’s wardrobe issues, and this episode during the scene where Gina and Beth spoke to the doctor my wife looked at the TV and asked if Beth was pregnant. Not a good outfit choice.

– I’m confused why the TV networks always call the final episode of a show that has been cancelled their “season finale”. The scenes for next week call it the season finale, even though it’s the last episode of the entire show and should therefore be called the series finale. Weird.