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Criminal Minds - Season 1 Complete [DVD]
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The complete first season of the American drama series which revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Special Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) is the FBI's top behavioural analyst and he joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit lead by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Also on the team are Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau (AJ Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Episodes comprise: 'Extreme Aggressor', 'Compulsion', 'Won't Get Fooled Again', 'Plain Sight', 'Broken Mirror', 'L.D.S.K.', 'The Fox', 'Natural Born Killer', 'Derailed', 'The Popular Kids', 'Blood Hungry', 'What Fresh Hell?', 'Poison', 'Riding The Lightning', 'Unfinished Business', 'The Tribe', 'A Real Rain', 'Somebody's Watching', 'Machismo', 'Charm and Harm', 'Secrets and Lies' and 'The Fisher King (1)'.
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Mandy Patinkin plays Agent Gideon, an intense, quiet but very talented criminal profiler who puts together physical and psychological descriptions of criminals by examining the crime scene. Most episodes build their way up to a climax where Gideon and his team struggle to identify and find the criminal before he commits another murder/kidnapping/arson etc. It's often edge-of-the-seat stuff, although it can be very gruesome, so be warned. The final showdown with the criminal is often electric, especially if the team have to play into his psychological fantasies, essentially reading his mind, in order to catch him or get him to surrender (an episode where Elle is trapped on a train with a maniac is especially good in this regard!).
Patinkin is great in the role (though arguably not as fantastic as he is in Dead Like Me - check it out if you're a Patinkin fan) and is very ably backed up by his team, especially Matthew Gray Gubler who plays the somewhat socially inept but genius Dr Reed. The good thing about Criminal Minds is that the actors have a lot to work with as we get to understand a little of the characters' backstories and motivations in some episodes, more so than in similar shows like CSI.
If you like your criminal shows tense, unpredictable, and with an element of intelligence, you'll love this - definitely worth checking out.
The series gives more depth to the criminal, tracing their path through life - what preceded and shaped them into what they are today - the psychology behind the crime - the patterns - how that fits in with the history of similar crimes.
Many of the episodes in this series excel; others are great; some are good. All, are worth watching.
The quotation at the start and end of each episode, gives a touch of class and provokes thought - often encompassing the episode and adding the perfect finishing touch!
I have always loved anything about profiling and this didn't disappoint. The cases are varied and interesting, the stories drag you in. I am watching series 2 and so far, none of the cases have been a bit silly as I feel some episodes of CSI have been.
The characters are interesting, likeable and the dynamics between them are something which other crime series have been missing. The acting is top notch and the cast well chosen.
I ended up watching 16 episodes in one weekend and am desperately waiting for my series 3 to arrive.
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I love Criminal Minds. Wasn't much of a fan of Many when I initially watched it on tv years ago but I love his character now and the way he is played. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nazcabar
I bought this as a gift and was worried it would come on time. It came a day before expected and I was very pleased with the presentation of this.Published 1 month ago by Ashleigh Shaw
Love this series.
A little contrived sometimes but very interesting psychologically and compelling.
I always buy from Mandy Patinkin because they are never copies. I have bought from other's and they have said they are not copies but they where. Will always get from Mandy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer