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This review is from: Criminal Minds - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
I missed Criminal Minds when it was on TV and have been catching up on DVD. Now I can't wait for Season 4 to come out on DVD. Criminal Minds is great TV and well-written and acted. The thing that has really impressed me is how the writers and producers and everyone on set took up in season 3 after the hasty departure of Mandy Patinkin (playing Jason Gideon) at the end of the second season. As the oldest member of the team and the emotional centre in many ways, you'd think Gideon would be hard to replace, but the new man, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna, Mamet's 'go to' guy) is even better at holding the troubled world of the serial killer in view. He brings depth and a bit of tension to the team. The pace has changed and in good ways.
Yeah, it's just TV but there are few shows with such confidence. Occasionally the plots are solvable by the watcher before the close but that's less important than the coherence of all the different performances.
Sometimes I feel the direction is a bit untrusting of the viewer. The camera jerks round to catch everyones' reactions in a conversation and that's just not necessary. If they'd trust us (and the actors) more, there would be more energy or understanding into the thing. A quibble only. I like it.