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4th-Jul-2013 11:54 am
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Could it really be... origin stories this season?

‘Criminal Minds’: Early Intel from Kirsten Vangsness.../


Criminal Minds fans should buckle up for the show’s upcoming season 9 premiere. Why? Because it’s going to be a whopper two-part episode about a man who kills girls who look like his ex. “[The storyline] is pretty complicated,” teases Kirsten Vangsness of the episode, in which Camryn Manheim is set to guest. “I was a little confused for a second and then I figured it out and was like, ‘Wow!’”

While last season the show used their opener to establish season-long villain The Replicator, Vangsness says early intel indicates a different direction for this season. “I hear they want to tell a lot of origin stories this season — how we got to where we are. And I really enjoy those, when they go back and get into our personal stuff. And if they do that, it will afford us to go back and bring people back, like Strauss,” she says.

As for her character Garcia, Vangsness, whose Kickstarter campaign recently reached its goal, says she hopes to see more of Nicholas Brendon’s Kevin, but not because she wants Garcia to settle down with him. “I really like the storyline of her having another guy and her ex being upset,” she says. “I like that she gets so much action, so I really hope they continue that. The nerdy girls aren’t typically the ones you see dating. They’re usually holed up in their batcaves.”

Another spoiler has Messner stating Reid stays single and that there's a possibility that another one of Rossi's ex-wives show up. Let's just hope that if she shows up, she survives the episode unscathed...
5th-Jul-2013 06:36 am (UTC)
"...about a man who kills girls who look like his ex."

I still watch the show, and really do like the main characters, but I think they're in need of some new storylines here. (The one about the religious arsonist always was one of my favorites because you didn't see it coming, and it was so original!) Although as long as they keep up with the character development, I'll keep watching.

Edited at 2013-07-05 06:36 am (UTC)
5th-Jul-2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had the same reaction at first. But then it's been a while since I stopped watching the show for the cases and now I just watch for the characters. I hope they manage to make some new twist to this story though. That would impress me, cause it's a very overly done storyline.

The potential character development sounds good though. I really would love to get closer to the characters.
5th-Jul-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
(The one about the religious arsonist always was one of my favorites because you didn't see it coming, and it was so original!)

Another one that impressed me was "The Lesson", in which the team's initial hypothesis was logical, plausible, well-reasoned...and wrong.

An inherent problem with a show like CM is that serial killers do what they do for a certain range of reasons; after eight or nine seasons, do you stick with episodes inspired by real crimes--and thereby risk repeating yourself--or shoot for the ever-more-exotic, and risk falling into comic-book schtick villain territory? (I suspect that a certain amount of meta underlay the choice of actor for the Replicator.)
6th-Jul-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree, it is difficult to keep up new source material after 200+ episodes ostensibly based in reality.

The Lesson is one I have mixed feelings about - on one hand, I love the team's side of thing, that they got it totally wrong. And it was interesting that from the POV of the villain, we didn't quite know who was real and who wasn't. On the other hand, I feel like the actual end result of a lot of those scenes felt like it was verging on comic book villain territory mixed with torture porn.

I think I'd like to see one or two where the serial killer has a textbook knowledge of criminology and uses it to their advantage - like maybe they're doing all the stereotypical things like inserting themselves into the investigation to protect their sibling/lover/etc. Or maybe they're intentionally doing the precise opposite of what they should be. Or maybe they're intentionally misdirecting the BAU by acting like they've got one kind of motive and traits - like motivated by something that their ex-girlfriend triggered or something - and they're really doing it for religious or ideological reasons. I mean, I could totally see a sociopath doing either of the latter two.

And it might be interesting to see something from the POV of a local law enforcement agent, where they're caught between this person terrorizing their jurisdiction and wanting to stop it, and then the BAU coming in and chaos ensuing and them totally not doing things by the book, and maybe a local inter-jurisdictional struggle, too...
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