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Friday, September 23, 2011

And away we Go!

The Fall Television season has started so I'm back reviewing my favorite show "Criminal Minds". It has been a long summer. The behind the scenes drama is finally over and the band is back together.  Our collective squeaky wheels got the grease. The CBS executives went back to their offices leaving CM to do what it does best ..telling stories.

Last year's season finale left Prentiss (Paget Brewster) "dead" at the hands of Lachlan McDermott who killed Prentiss to avenge the death of his son.  Meanwhile,JJ  (A.J. Cook) is forced to leave the team and take another position at the insistence of Strauss, who continues to throw wrenches into Hotch's (Thomas Gibson) team.

The new season opens with the Team suspended and flung to the five corners. Morgan, Reid and Garcia are desperately searching for the man who "Killed" Prentiss.   Hotch is on assignment in secret desert location. Seaver (Rachel Nichols) has moved on. (Silent Yippee!).  Ross, calls in JJ, when it's discovered that Lachlan's son Declan is alive and has been kidnapped.  Morgan has brought in his man but must now use Lachlan to lure the kidnappers out of hiding.

Hotch comes back to oversee the operation, but also to come clean with the team. He has lied to them, and in some of the team members eyes, he has betrayed them. He ordered Prentiss's death faked to protect her from Lachlan. The coming season will deal with the betrayal and the fact that the team may be back together, but can they regain the trust in one another.

It was a long summer and I kinda got out of the habit of watching CM. I have watched the DVD's so many times I needed the break. I was really looking forward to the season premiere. I was so glad the cast was back together, but the episode for me was a little anti-climactic.  Maybe I built my anticipation up so high, nothing could have reached it. I also think I just have to fall in love with CM all over again.  That's the Yin & Yang of summer. You get involved with other things because TV is all reruns, but you also lose touch with great shows and have to get to know them all over again.  I know I will rediscover the joy that is CM, because I want to. "Wheels Up"!

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