Criminal Minds, "It Takes a Village": to waste an hour

Quick Take: Criminal Minds, "It Takes a Village"
Prentiss returns to the BAU under difficult circumstances.

Criminal Minds

Review: Criminal Minds, "It Takes a Village"
(S0701) It seems that our friends at the BAU have been very busy this summer. I'm sure most of us have already heard that Prentiss (Paget Brewster) was returning to the team but as far as anyone dying goes, that's news to me.

While I am a fan of the storytelling through testimony device and an even bigger fan of Mark Moses, I must admit that I had little interest in the outcome of the storyline with Doyle (Timothy V. Murphy). I understand it was the best way to bring back Prentiss, but it all happened too long ago and I wasn't very interested then.

I don't see how I am supposed to be invested in the safety of young Declan (Conrad Bluth) when I know nothing about him. Furthermore, why should I care about his mother kidnapping him? The attempts at suspense and drama in this episode were a complete failure from beginning to end. So much so that I found myself siding with Mark Moses and wondering if the whole “mission” hadn't been a mistake.

In the end, Prentiss returned, all the bad guys were taken down, the innocent blonde kid was rescued and the team was put back together and reinstated. I hated it. This season premiere was poorly written and insulting to fans who have stuck with Criminal Minds throughout the many cast changes. Hopefully, next week, they can get back to what they do best, creeping us all out.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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On: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Whoa, wait. Duck Phillips is in this one ? 

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