Criminal Minds “The Pact”
Season 8, Episode 2
by Smiley Gidget
Hey everyone, I have had an absolutely insane weekend working at the Armageddon Expo in Melbourne and so I was unable to do a full write up of the latest Criminal Minds episode, I will however write up a brief review as I did thoroughly enjoy the episode, more great TV done by the Criminal Minds team.
First off nice quick little first scene, I especially liked the little spelling fail during the text message writing, very very realistic to everyone who has an iPhone! I have to admit also though, there was a lot of iPhone noises happening in the start of this episodes, phones going off all over the place, crazy stuff. Even though it has been done before in many different shows I still liked the body being dragged behind the car, it’s interesting!! I still miss Em, but I did enjoy the team banter at the beginning, but next to Prentiss, Rossi and Garcia are my favourites so this bit I liked! I love Rossi’s “This is my ‘I don’t care face’” and JJ’s comment that it’s his normal face, just some fun team banter always good for the beginning of an episode, also loved the whole thing about Rossi and his vacation days, something that went on for the whole episode until the end but worked into it all, very well done!! Also, totally creepy moment when one of the victims has the exact same name as a cousin…
Liked the scene with the team on the plane when Reid is able to give basically the exact GPS directions to a place to prove that it could be done it a specific time limit and Blake’s “Wow” was perfect coz even though we all know what Reid is like after eight years of watching you would still find yourself wowing at the things he says and does, least I still do sometimes even if I find the character incredibly annoying! I also really loved the UNSUBs in this episode, again it’s not something new but it was done so brilliantly well I really enjoyed it, the two ladies taking out the bad people as revenge… OMG could not NOT comment on Garcia, I looooooved when she spoke to Hotch and said “This is why you are the boss and I am the minion who types things” she cracks me up so much, I was just laughing so hard… and then it went straight back to being serious, but I love how Garcia breaks it all up like that, it’s perfect!!!
I really liked the montage of images from the UNSUBs pasts as the team gave the profile, seeing the different clips of the trauma’s that they went through in regards to their killed children, very well collaborated and fit so well into the episode, great work! I really did love this duo as UNSUBs it was great, they were a good team one angry and one hesitant, I also REALLY enjoyed the last part of the episode with their last victim, how he is a psychopath the entire thing was done so brilliantly the victim/UNSUB being a psychopath and how he tries to get one of them to kill some stranger just so he can show the other to where her daughter is buried, so manipulating and cruel, but so well written and executed! The guy was so excited by the kill whilst the lady who did it seemed momentarily freaked before stoic again and the other just freaked out completely. This episode was pretty emotional, when he digs up the body to reveal the skull and the mother finds out he had chopped up her daughter, going spastic and killing him with the shovel… also liked that we got a little bit more insight into Blake, very cool!
I very much loved the way the Mexico scene came from a postcard brought to life, brilliantly done, I thought it was amazing work! Also liked this part when we got to hear the two women talk about how they feel about everything and what they did… For an ending where we really didn’t get to solve and catch all the bad guys I really liked the ending of this episode with Rossi showing up in Mexico and arresting one of the UNSUBs whilst the other escapes in the bus, I was not so upset that they didn’t get both like Rossi said I had mixed feelings I liked the scene where the one in the police car saw the other on the bus and she nodded her approval and smiled, it was a nice touch I thought! Again another brilliant episode by an incredible team, can’t wait for more… sorry the review wasn’t more thorough, but hope you’ve enjoyed anyway!