TV Show Review – Criminal Minds, Season 12

Criminal Minds, season 12
Courtesy of CBS Television
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Ok, I confess: I didn’t start watching CRIMINAL MINDS until just a few months ago. My son, who is a huge fan of the show, convinced me to watch one of the season finales, and I have to admit: I was hooked immediately. The show is a tension-filled race against the clock, and even after 12 seasons, it is still exciting and relevant. If you’ve been hesitant to give CRIMINAL MINDS a look, do yourself a favor and overcome that uncertainty. CRIMINAL MINDS is a heck of a thriller, and you’re missing out if you’re not watching.

If you are not familiar with CRIMINAL MINDS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS Television:

The pulse-pounding series revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

Season 12 carries the same high standards as each previous season. The writing in each episode is fluid, the dialogue is crisp, and the intensity never ratchets down.

Several new characters are introduced and fleshed out this season. I’ve read other season 12 reviews where viewers did not like the fact familiar characters were leaving the show. I can understand the disappointment (because we all have our favorite faces), however I enjoy the new people; they bring fresh personalities and perspectives to the BAU. I feel that after a certain amount of time, a show can sometimes grow stale, if left with the same cast year after year.

If I were forced to find a flaw with this show, I simply could not do it. The premises are gripping, and the writers have a keen knack for getting inside the minds of the deranged. If you want good, solid television, pick up season one of CRIMINAL MINDS and binge-watch it to catch up. You will be greatly entertained, however you might never look at people in general the same way again…


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