'Criminal Minds: Season 10'
(Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Jennifer Love Hewitt, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Paramount Pictures)
Overview: The talented team investigates a serial murder case in Bakersfield, California in which the unsub makes it impossible for the victims to be identified. Meanwhile, the BAU welcomes a new member, Special Agent Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who brings some unique FBI experience to the unit.
DVD Verdict: Well, I don't know quite what is going on over there at one of my favorite ever shows, but 'Criminal Minds' brought into the mix a new member in the form of Special Agent Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt) ... and now, ** SPOILER ALERT ** ... surprise, because it has since been announced that Love Hewitt is leaving 'Criminal Minds'! Yup, the Party of Five and Ghost Whisperer star joined the CBS series at the start of season 10 and will not return for season 11 ... as of now.
Sure she was pregnant for most of the show, hidden behind desks, folders, people from the off, too big to deny it to the TV audience halfway through (s a big, happy reveal was announced for us all (to tie into the script, of course), but now it just all seems like a cheap stunt gone horribly wrong, sadly. It's obviously, reading the press on the subject, that Love Hewitt wanted to be able to give this second baby of hers everything she gave her first, and that meant taking time off to be a full-time mom.
Also, because she was due this past July, when the other 'Criminal Minds' cast and crew had come together to start shooting Season 11, timing-wise there was no way for her to do both; to be able to give that baby everything she wanted to give that baby and still be on the show. Makes no sense to me that they brought her into the show in the first place, in truth, as a) she wasn't needed, and b) she had a torrid acting time once there per episode.
Anyway, moving on from that, I have to say (kinda again) that this is my absolute favorite show on TV. I used to say that about 'CSI' or other shows that touched a little on profiling, but I love psychology even more. And we have seen shows that we may have liked down the years, like 'Profiler' that we all know just wasn't even close to being correct. It just doesn't happen that way, but that show was still entertaining, of course.
I will also say that I enjoyed, from back in the day, Fox's 'The Inside,' for that was yet another good one. But, again, nothing like 'Criminal Minds.' I have bought at least ten books on profiling that discuss different types of psychopaths, how they were created and the different psychological issues that surrounds their behavior and fantasies. How, because of their bad experiences during childhood and after they have learned to profile and manipulate people, the disorganized crime scene compared to an organized scene can tell you a lot about the unsub in question.
Indeed, simply learning and studying their geographic profile are things endlessly buried within this fantastic show and relate to us, bit by but how these people are made, why they exist, and why they do what they do. I find it fascinating not only to watch psychopaths and their crimes, but to some extent through their fiction, learn something about them also. 'Criminal Minds' allows those doors to open for us, the viewer, who is looking for a little more than just TV eye candy.
In this tenth season, former profiler Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) makes a reappearance (sort of) when an old case resurfaces, one in which he and David Rossi launched the BAU many years ago. JJ Jareau faces a personal and professional crisis over lingering PTSD from her deployment to the Middle East in an earlier season. Team leader Aaron Hotchner will have to face down his former father-in-law (played by Ed Asner in a superb guest role), now suffering from Alzheimer's.
In addition, in a truly horrifying episode, Hotchner will fall prey to a mysterious villain who manipulates people into committing murder. Derek Morgan will have to come to a meeting of the minds with his girlfriend on their relationship in the midst of a difficult case. And, come the end, someone will lose someone very dear to them - which sets up the first episode or two of the eleventh season very nicely. [Well, let's hope so, based on the fact that a certain someone might not even exist as a character in the new season!] Anyway, the twenty-three episodes contained on six DVDs here on this tenth season DVD box-set are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Criminal Minds: Top Ten
Memo From The Acting Director
Criminal Minds International
H.I.M.: Business As Usual