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29th Apr '17 9:18:15 AM cinemamaster
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** Actually, [[spoiler: she isn't normal. As she [[FrameUp set Reid up for murder]] and is most likely working with Mr. Scratch]].
29th Dec '16 12:00:50 PM DustSnitch
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* The episode "True Night" can be looked at as a {{Deconstruction}} of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. The unsub, Jonny, a comic book artist, creates a new character, Night, who appears to be a NinetiesAntiHero given his use of deadly force, and all Night's kills are subconsciously based on murders the unsub has been committing in real life. Jonny's manager is shocked by the violence of this art compared to Johnny's previous work. Furthermore, examine what caused Jonny's psychotic break: [[spoiler: his girlfriend getting murdered in front of him by a street gang]]. Yes, she was ''[[spoiler: StuffedIntoTheFridge]]''. His response was to essentially become a Nineties anti-hero himself, hunting down the gang members and killing them, like many a Dark Age "hero". However, this isn't portrayed as "EXTREEEEMEEE", but as a horrifying symptom of major mental illness. The scenes where he kills the victims are beautifully stylized in SinCity-esque fashion, but when you see them realistically afterwards ([[GoryDiscretionShot though you don't see much]]), they're stomach-churning. Jonny is what a Nineties anti-hero would be in real life: seriously disturbed and tragic, not {{badass}}. It's a meditation on how what is "cool" in comics is not very cool in reality. - {{Tropers/Idler}}

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* The episode "True Night" can be looked at as a {{Deconstruction}} of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. The unsub, Jonny, a comic book artist, creates a new character, Night, who appears to be a NinetiesAntiHero given his use of deadly force, and all Night's kills are subconsciously based on murders the unsub has been committing in real life. Jonny's manager is shocked by the violence of this art compared to Johnny's previous work. Furthermore, examine what caused Jonny's psychotic break: [[spoiler: his girlfriend getting murdered in front of him by a street gang]]. Yes, she was ''[[spoiler: StuffedIntoTheFridge]]''. His response was to essentially become a Nineties anti-hero himself, hunting down the gang members and killing them, like many a Dark Age "hero". However, this isn't portrayed as "EXTREEEEMEEE", but as a horrifying symptom of major mental illness. The scenes where he kills the victims are beautifully stylized in SinCity-esque fashion, but when you see them realistically afterwards ([[GoryDiscretionShot though you don't see much]]), they're stomach-churning. Jonny is what a Nineties anti-hero would be in real life: seriously disturbed and tragic, not {{badass}}.badass. It's a meditation on how what is "cool" in comics is not very cool in reality. - {{Tropers/Idler}}



* One of the most interesting character interactions (to this troper, anyway) is between Hotch and Strauss. One is a major {{Badass}} IronWoobie that does everything in his power to keep his team safe and get the unsub. The other is an ObstructiveBureaucrat that does everything in her power to control the political/bureaucratic ramifications of the BAU's actions. At times the two become a rivalry, with Hotch proving time and again that he is capable and happy where he is and Strauss doing everything she can to keep her job (since Hotch has proven that he could easily do it himself). Their relationship (though favoring Hotch from the audience's perspective) is played up as a rivalry. What's one way to reinforce a rivalry? With NamesTheSame: both are named Aaron/Erin.

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* One of the most interesting character interactions (to this troper, anyway) is between Hotch and Strauss. One is a major {{Badass}} badass IronWoobie that does everything in his power to keep his team safe and get the unsub. The other is an ObstructiveBureaucrat that does everything in her power to control the political/bureaucratic ramifications of the BAU's actions. At times the two become a rivalry, with Hotch proving time and again that he is capable and happy where he is and Strauss doing everything she can to keep her job (since Hotch has proven that he could easily do it himself). Their relationship (though favoring Hotch from the audience's perspective) is played up as a rivalry. What's one way to reinforce a rivalry? With NamesTheSame: both are named Aaron/Erin.
19th Dec '16 6:24:19 PM Mystic_snowfang
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*** Or they kidnap a little boy
12th Sep '16 4:19:21 PM Thornfield13713
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* Also in Bloodline, the family we see is at one point referred to as 'gypsies', an ethnic slur against the Romani...but are elsewhere described as Romanian. They speak Romanian, the customs they follow are explicitly described as Eastern European, and so on and so forth. Did the writers not know that the Romani are an entirely separate culture, and even those living in Romania follow a very different set of cultural practices to the Romanian people?

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* Also in Bloodline, the family we see is at one point referred to as 'gypsies', an ethnic slur against the Romani...but are elsewhere described as Romanian. They speak Romanian, the customs they follow are explicitly described as Eastern European, and so on and so forth. Did the writers not know that the Romani are an entirely separate culture, and even those living in Romania follow a very different set of cultural practices to the Romanian people?people? The goddamn ThatOtherWiki page on the Romani people opens with 'not to be confused with Romanians, an unrelated ethnic group and nation', and that's just what a ten-second Google search can produce on the matter. And even if we do accept that this particular family happens to be Romani hailing from Romania, how on earth would the BAU know that when all the customs they practice are described as purely Romanian, as Prentiss knows from her time abroad in Eastern Europe.
12th Sep '16 4:16:14 PM Thornfield13713
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* Also in Bloodline, the family we see is at one point referred to as 'gypsies', an ethnic slur against the Romani...but are elsewhere described as Romanian. They speak Romanian, the customs they follow are explicitly described as Eastern European, and so on and so forth. Did the writers not know that the Romani are an entirely separate culture, and even those living in Romania follow a very different set of cultural practices to the Romanian people?
8th Jul '16 12:26:37 AM Leaper
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* Having the show's seasonal arc be "past unsubs return" right after Shemar Moore's departure makes perfect sense. With a new agent on the team, the characters and writers have an excuse to brief both the newbie and audience members without encyclopedic knowledge of the show's past about the episodes in which the returnees first appeared.
20th Jun '16 9:14:35 PM Leaper
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* In "The Perfect Storm", [[spoiler: why does Amber talk to Tony, even though it led to one way she was exposed as the killer? When everyone thought Tony was the dominant partner, Hotch went in with a strategy to feed his ego, say what he wanted to hear about his skill and strength. Now remember how Gideon talked Amber into the interview. "You're the only one who can get through to him." "You're our only hope." He was unwittingly following Hotch's strategy to a T against the REAL dominant partner... And it worked!]]
8th Jun '16 8:46:34 PM LavenderCat
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* In "Blood Relations", Cissy Howard is saying her nightly prayers after many members of her family have been picked off by the unsub. She says she needs the "God of vengeance", to avenge the murders, and not a second later, she hears someone break in and goes after them with her shotgun. Turns out [[spoiler:the vengeful God wasn't there to help Cissy, but to visit his wrath upon her. Specifically, for her incestuous relationship with her brother Malachai that started the whole problem in the first place, as the unsub is their illegitimate child, given away and badly deformed. By the end of the night, Cissy has been dragged through hell, and her and her brother's relationship has been exposed. The ending credits show their families, now joined together, demanding answers for the bloodbath they inadvertently caused. Vengeful God, indeed.]]
25th May '16 7:45:38 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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* And then there's the episode, "The Performer," which involves a MarilynManson doppelganger promoting a new album called "The Liar". It seems like an odd name for an album at first. Then, you see the scene in which the desperate, drug-addicted rock star's manager promises him that things will get better, hear the rock star say, "Look, you may be the only friend I've got left, but you're a crappy liar," and realize who the album is named after.

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* And then there's the episode, "The Performer," which involves a MarilynManson Music/MarilynManson doppelganger promoting a new album called "The Liar". It seems like an odd name for an album at first. Then, you see the scene in which the desperate, drug-addicted rock star's manager promises him that things will get better, hear the rock star say, "Look, you may be the only friend I've got left, but you're a crappy liar," and realize who the album is named after.
22nd Apr '16 2:29:43 PM DispensableHerring
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** Technically Percival does succeed in the end in some stories. He doesn't ask the right question at first, but then he is able to reenter the Fisher King's castle and asks the question that heals the Fisher King.
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