Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 10 - 1019. Beyond Borders - Press Release


Emmy Award Winner Gary Sinise, Emmy Award Winner Anna Gunn, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams Guest Star. Tom Everett Scott and Bonnie Somerville Guest Star as Greg and Colleen Sullivan, Two Members of the Kidnapped Family

“Beyond Borders” – When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, the BAU is called to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) and his International Unit on their investigation. Garrett and his unit, the FBI's top division for handling cases involving Americans abroad, work jointly with Hotch and his team when they discover that this case matches one the BAU investigated last year in Florida, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise guest stars as International Unit Chief Jack Garrett; Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn guest stars as the International Unit's law expert Lily Lambert; Daniel Henney guest starts as Special Ops Agent Matthew Simmons; and Tyler James Williams guests stars as International Unit tech guru Russ “Monty” Montgomery. Tom Everett Scott and Bonnie Somerville guest star as Greg and Colleen Sullivan, two members of the kidnapped family.

CHEAT TWEET: The BAU teams w/the Int’l Unit 2 find a family abducted in the Caribbean. @GarySinise guests @CrimMinds_CBS 4/8 9pm http://bit.ly/1AC8jle

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Kate Callahan)

Esai Morales (Mateo Cruz)

Gary Sinise (Jack Garrett)
Anna Gunn (Lily Lambert)
Daniel Henney (Matthew Simmons)
Tyler James Williams (Russ Montgomery)
Dari Ingolfsson (Jerry Tidwell)
Tom Everett Scott (Greg Sullivan)
Bonnie Somerville (Colleen Sullivan)
Gatlin Green (Alison Sullivan)
Andrew Miller (Nick Sullivan)
Jakob Miller (Nick Sullivan)
Sterling K. Brown (Fitz)
Newell Alexander (Joe Sullivan)
Judith McConnell (Pat Sullivan)

WRITTEN BY: Erica Messer, one of the series’ executive producers
DIRECTED BY: Glenn Kershaw

Monday, March 16, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 10 - 1020. A Place at the Table - TVGuide: Ed Asner as Hotch's Father-in-Law

By Joyce Eng

Get ready to meet Hotch's father-in-law: Ed Asner! The legendary Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant star will appear as the father of Hotch's late wife Haley on the 20th episode of Criminal Minds this season -- and TVGuide.com has your exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the family reunion.

Unfortunately, what brings them together isn't happy news, as Hotch (Thomas Gibson) finds...

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 10 - 1017. Breath Play - Review

The one thing that crime shows tend to is take the pulse of what's currently a hop topic for its viewers. Popularized by Law & Order with their ripped from the headlines kind of storytelling, Criminal Minds took a page from their book this week with a story that used the recent 50 Shades of Gray phenomenon to create a truly nasty unsub for the episode titled "Breath Play".

The basic story was that the BAU was called to Wisconsin to figure out why the bodies of young women with signs of strangulation - in this case, auto-erotic asphyxiation - were showing up. The unsub was a handsome guy with a great smile - and a family. He had a hassled wife and children. And a seriously creepy obsession with a 50 Shades-like book and role-playing that out. Which ended up with a lot of dead bodies.

  • The Unsub was truly creepy. Perhaps it was the whole "I thought he was such a nice guy who always smiled at me" kind of vibe. Maybe it was the utter adoration from his daughter, but whatever it was, it worked. The scene where he attacked the nanny was horrific and chilling and I may have muttered a few thoughts about what I thought the Unsub deserves to have happen to him.
  • Rossi's nudge to his High School years. It caught me off-guard and I admit I laughed.
  • Callahan's pregnancy and the story with her niece. It was an emotionally grounded story that worked. I admit that considering AJ's recently announced pregnancy, I assumed that it would be JJ's second pregnancy that would be written in (especially with the prior miscarriage trauma) so I was surprised that they wrote this one in, but this B plot worked for me.
  • The wife. I never got a full grasp on what her issue was. She was hassled, but there was just this un-relatable disconnect going on. Also, the daughter. For as much as the whole situation with the father provided the story with its emotional trauma and heartbreak, she was something of a brat and you kind of wanted her to see that the world doesn't revolve around this guy who is never around. It was hard for me to care a lot about her.
  • The long longing shot from the Unsub at the end towards his daughter - the dude destroyed his daughters life and made her see something she will likely never get over; his love for her becomes irrelevant at that point.
  • Anything related to 50 Shades. I understood why they did it and the episode glancingly reflected the issues with people jumping into worlds they are mentally and physically ill-suited for, but I think there's a much bigger conversation that has to happen on something like that and I'm not sure that this episode did that the kind of justice it needs. Then again, that's somewhat of my negative feelings towards the book coming out.
All in all, probably not my favorite episode but much of that likely has to do with the topic as opposed to the overall execution which was, for the most part, standard Criminal Minds.

~~~~Sir Gareth