History Series / CriminalMinds

25th Jan '17 1:47:58 PM EmpressMatilda
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These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase,'' it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit,'' it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}},'' it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic.]] For ''Series/{{Psych}},'' it's TV and film references. For ''Series/{{Bones}},'' it's... Well, bones. (And magic.)

And for ''Criminal Minds'' (2005-), it's ''crazy serial killers.'' ([[RunningGag And magic]].)

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These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase,'' it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit,'' it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}},'' it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic.]] For ''Series/{{Psych}},'' it's TV and film references. For ''Series/{{Bones}},'' it's... Well, bones. (And magic.([[RunningGag And magic]].)

And for ''Criminal Minds'' (2005-), it's ''crazy serial killers.'' ([[RunningGag ([[RuleofThree And magic]].)
8th Jan '17 12:56:27 PM nombretomado
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** The lead kidnapper in "Rock Creek Park" is directly referred to being like a character in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' [[spoiler: specifically the ambitious, manipulative, murderous mother]], but their reasoning is more like [[{{Transmetropolitan}} The Smiler]] [[spoiler: murder loved ones for voter sympathy, in this case her son's wife]] and for special coincident points they look rather like [[spoiler: Mallory WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}]]. There's probably some ''HouseOfCards'' in there too.

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** The lead kidnapper in "Rock Creek Park" is directly referred to being like a character in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' [[spoiler: specifically the ambitious, manipulative, murderous mother]], but their reasoning is more like [[{{Transmetropolitan}} [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} The Smiler]] [[spoiler: murder loved ones for voter sympathy, in this case her son's wife]] and for special coincident points they look rather like [[spoiler: Mallory WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}]]. There's probably some ''HouseOfCards'' in there too.



** "Rock Creek Park": "What you did was unforgivable. [[TheExtremistWasRight But it worked]]." [[spoiler: Said by a rising young senator to his mother, who (apparently (?)) unbeknownst to him had his wife kidnapped, had her ear cut off, and was about to kill her so his popularity would rise ''a la'' [[{{Transmetropolitan}} The Smiler]]. Indeed after his wife's safe return his popularity is through the roof, the BAU has no inkling that the senator knows about his mother's plans beyond what they discovered in the episode, and the last scene shows she's still able to pull her son's strings from prison.]]

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** "Rock Creek Park": "What you did was unforgivable. [[TheExtremistWasRight But it worked]]." [[spoiler: Said by a rising young senator to his mother, who (apparently (?)) unbeknownst to him had his wife kidnapped, had her ear cut off, and was about to kill her so his popularity would rise ''a la'' [[{{Transmetropolitan}} [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} The Smiler]]. Indeed after his wife's safe return his popularity is through the roof, the BAU has no inkling that the senator knows about his mother's plans beyond what they discovered in the episode, and the last scene shows she's still able to pull her son's strings from prison.]]
7th Jan '17 2:57:40 PM DustSnitch
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* NoSell: Hotch's completely [[BadAss badass]] response to [[spoiler: Foyet/the Reaper shooting at him? To not even ''move'' as the bullet goes right by his shoulder into the wall behind him]].

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* NoSell: Hotch's completely [[BadAss badass]] badass response to [[spoiler: Foyet/the Reaper shooting at him? To not even ''move'' as the bullet goes right by his shoulder into the wall behind him]].
1st Jan '17 7:21:26 AM Naram-Sin
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* NegativeContinuity: Either as a way to keep the show grounded in some sense of reality, or to make it more appealing to occasional viewers, most past unsubs will never be mentioned again after the episode they appear in. Profiles, books and conferences will continue to mention real serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, even though the exploits of fictional unsubs like George Foyet, Frank Breitkopf and Billy Flynn put theirs to shame.

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* NegativeContinuity: Either as a way to keep the show grounded in some sense of reality, or to make it more appealing to occasional viewers, most past unsubs will never be mentioned again after the episode they appear in. Profiles, books and conferences will continue to mention real serial killers from decades past like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, even though the exploits of more recent fictional unsubs like George Foyet, Frank Breitkopf and Billy Flynn put theirs to shame.
1st Jan '17 7:09:29 AM Naram-Sin
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* NegativeContinuity: Either as a way to keep the show grounded in some sense of reality, or to make it more appealing to occasional viewers, most past unsubs will never be mentioned again after the episode they appear in. Profiles, books and conferences will continue to mention real serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, even though the exploits of fictional unsubs like George Foyet, Frank Breitkopf and Billy Flynn put theirs to shame.
26th Dec '16 8:31:53 PM nombretomado
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----> '''Garcia''': When I was in the ambulance I could hear the song [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 “Heroes” playing in my head. I kept flashing in and out of consciousness, everything was really bright and I remember thinking]], [[AshesToAshes “Wait, is David Bowie really God?”]]

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----> '''Garcia''': When I was in the ambulance I could hear the song [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 “Heroes” playing in my head. I kept flashing in and out of consciousness, everything was really bright and I remember thinking]], [[AshesToAshes [[Series/AshesToAshes “Wait, is David Bowie really God?”]]
17th Dec '16 8:55:38 PM HamburgerTime
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** The killers in "Identity" were loathed by even the other members of their RightWingMilitiaFanatic coven for [[DomesticAbuse how badly they treated women]].



** The killers in "Identity" were loathed by even the other members of their RightWingMilitiaFanatic coven for [[DomesticAbuse how badly they treated women]].
17th Dec '16 8:52:01 PM HamburgerTime
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** The killers in "Identity" were loathed by even the other members of their RightWingMilitiaFanatic coven for [[DomesticAbuse how badly they treated women]].
9th Nov '16 5:34:24 PM HamburgerTime
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* TerroristWithoutACause: "Empty Planet"

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* TerroristWithoutACause: TerroristWithoutACause:
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** The cell from "Lo-Fi"/"Mayhem" ''claims'' to have a cause, but neither the characters nor the viewer ever find out what it is. Their [[EqualOpportunityEvil racially diverse membership]] and their target being a high government official implies a radical leftist organization of some kind.
3rd Nov '16 9:32:13 PM kataangluvr
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** Some criminals make it a point that while they've done horrible things, they will draw the line at some point.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Some criminals do genuinely care about their friends and family.
** William Harris in ''Soul Mates''. Even though he's raped and murdered girls that were about his daughter's age, he will not stand anything happening to [[PapaWolf his daughter]]. Bitterly ironic when Morgan and Rossi pointed out that the girls he and his partner killed were other people's daughters.
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