Criminal Minds Season 8 Review “No. 6”

With most of the other series on TV coming to the end of their season, Criminal Minds still has three new episodes to air before the conclusion of season eight. There are two more episodes after tonight’s “No. 6”, and judging by their titles it sounds like they’re both going to be more serialized than tonight’s installment. For that reason, I wasn’t very excited for this episode. Judging simply by CBS’ previews and the scenes from last week, it seemed like another run-of-the-mill standalone episode. Did it surpass my expectations or not? Read on to find out!

Before we actually got to the case of the week, we had a quick little scene at the beginning that introduced us to Alex’s husband James, played by D.W. Moffett who you might recognize from currently starring in ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. I have a hard time liking this guy, though, simply because I absolutely hated his character Joe McCoy from Friday Night Lights. Anyway, it was interesting to hear that he’s secured a job offer for her at Harvard, since Jeanne Tripplehorn is one of the only members of the cast who did not sign a new contract with CBS for season nine. It’s entirely possible that she changes her mind and decides to leave for Harvard, or they could find some other way to write her off the show. She still hasn’t made a very big impact on me, and it’s been a whole season now.

Anyway, tonight’s case focused on an Unsub that appeared to be kidnapping couples and making them stab each other, but we quickly learn that it’s much more devious than that. I can’t say that the twist of the Unsub being the guy in the cell was all that much of a surprise, simply because the actor they got to play him was kind of creepy.

Philip Connors was played by Adam Harrington, who has been all over TV lately, but I saw him most recently as the “Robot Congressman Murray” on Parks and Recreation. He did a good job with the material they gave him, and I’m glad that they made an effort to explain how he was able to afford such an elaborate set-up. It’s always a pet peeve of mine when shows like Criminal Minds will have a bad guy in an episode who has an uber-expensive lair where he keeps his victims, but then you find out he had some low-paying job and there’s no way he was able to afford all of the fancy equipment he used to kidnap and hold his victims. At least we find out that Connors’ mom was rich, so that made a little bit of sense.

It’s tough not to feel a little disappointed by a standalone episode like “No. 6”, especially when it looks like the next two episodes are getting pretty crazy, and that one of the team members might not even survive. Since the five main cast members have signed two year extensions, something tells me that Alex Blake might not be long for this show.

What do you think will happen? Sound off in the comments section below.

Random Thoughts:

– Not that there was any doubt of this happening, but Criminal Minds was officially renewed for season nine! The five series leads have all signed two year extensions, so it looks like we’ll be getting at least ten seasons of this show as long as the ratings don’t plummet next year.

– How awesome was Rossi and Alex’s fist bump? I hope that becomes a recurring tradition for those two.

– As a pretty big fan of hip-hop, I was pretty impressed by Spencer’s mention of Nas’ Illmatic.