Criminal Minds Review
Die-hard fans of Criminal Minds rejoiced when it was announced that the wheels were set for the BAU team, whose destination is our small screens. After CBS announced they were ending the show after 16 seasons, fans have been begging for the show to be renewed.
It makes for an interesting show that explores the darkest minds and how far evil in humanity can go.
Over the course of 16 seasons, fans grew to love and care for all members of the BAU team. We watched the characters grow and experience great losses in their lives. Every character is oppressive and backstabbing. The audience was able to relate to the characters’ struggles and invested enough to enjoy their triumphs and losses.
It was greenlit for a 17th season by Paramount+, which picked up the series from CBS and announced the series’ revival. Season 17 explores what has happened since we last saw the team and the impact of COVID-19 on the characters’ lives and work.
Unfortunately, some of the show’s characters could not return for the new season. Matthew Gray Gubler, who played the beloved role of genius Spencer Reid, decided not to return. As fans, we understand that he wants to do something else.
Matthew gave us so much over 16 seasons, and we’re grateful that he gave so much to the character. Fortunately, we still know that there is a possibility that he will return to the BAU, even via a cameo, and hopefully it will be soon.
Another agent who failed to return was Matt Simmons, played by Daniel Henney. Henney was unable to return to the series due to scheduling conflicts, but the showrunner insists there is room for them to return if the opportunity arises.
Season 17 does not disappoint, delivering a story that sees the team fighting bureaucratic politics while also racing against time to stop a group of serial killers. Apparently, COVID-19 was also difficult for serial killers and forced them to evolve.
Garcia, on the other hand, drifts away from the BAU until a case forces him to return. Jennifer and her husband try to balance career, marriage, parenting and health issues. We also see Tara in a new relationship. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of Emily’s personal life, but we enjoy having her at the helm and maneuvering the bureaucratic pressures like a pro. A little more disappointing is that we don’t see much of Luke’s personal life.
The idea of focusing on how the pandemic affects these human predators is quite innovative and a great creative choice. This is a question we have never asked ourselves before.
It should be noted that the series ends on a cliffhanger and hopefully we will learn more in the next season.