Criminal Minds Season 8 Review “The Lesson”

Criminal Minds Season 8 Episode 10 The Lesson

Criminal Minds returned tonight with another interesting episode directed by Reid himself, Matthew Gray Gubler! After a creepy introductory scene shows us our unsub for the week, “The Lessons” gets right to the scene that everybody cares about: Reid’s mystery woman!

We still aren’t quite sure exactly who this woman is, or how she came to know Spencer, but we did finally get to see her! I’m not sure why her face was obscured for the other two times we’ve seen her on screen if the person is a brand new actress on the show, but either way I’m very happy to see Spencer possibly meeting his true equal! She isn’t without her baggage, though, as she mentions a stalker that has since stopped harassing her. Could this be the stalker that’s been hounding the team recently? I was happy for Reid to have some more development on this story, but I’m not sure why they built up this woman’s reveal so much. I guess the next step is for these two lovebirds to actually meet face to face. Don’t worry, Spencer! She’s a cutie!

Anyway, the actual case of the week was a pretty darn creepy one. Our unsubs this week were Adam Rain and Mr. Conrad, played by character actors Brad Douriff and Mark Povinelli. When I saw the previews from last week showing us that the unsub was using his victims as marionettes, I thought the whole thing would play a little goofy. The whole thing seemed too far-fetched and outlandish for me, but boy was I wrong!

First we had the whole “Disarticulation” scene. Wow. We’ve seen a lot of depraved and violent acts on Criminal Minds, but I could barely look at the screen! The sounds alone of the poor girls bones being snapped made chills run down my spine!

Then we had the actual performance itself. I don’t want to freak anybody out, but I thought that scene with the woman dancing was absolutely beautiful. Everything from the way it was shot, the lighting, and most importantly the music, was all spot on. A big round of applause to Gubler for pulling off such a creepy scene and making it beautiful to watch.

Overall this was a great episode, and I hope that Gubler gets around to directing a few more episodes soon! Maybe he can direct the one where he actually meets this girl!

Random Thoughts:

– Disclaimer: Even though my professional instincts are to watch every minute of the episodes that I review, I could not watch that disarticulation scene. It was almost worse just to hear it, though.

– If tonight’s unsub looked familiar to you, that’s because Brad Douriff played Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. You know, that creepy guy who was whispering in King Theoden’s ear.

– The song to play over the marionette performance was a cover of “Where is my Mind” by The Pixies. The song has been in a bunch of movies, TV shows and commercials, but I don’t know that it’s ever given me chills as much as it did here.