Criminal Minds premiered this week and to be honest, I wasn’t hopeful for the season. Since Hotch left (was fired) last season, I was fully prepared to write off the show altogether. I still have Spencer and JJ and Rossi and Emily (although I don’t care for her leadership role) and the always entertaining Penelope Garcia; however, so I soldier on.
What happened to Hotch?
During the taping of last season, Thomas Gibson, the actor who plays Hotch, had a run-in with a writer and boom, he was gone, written off the show. Really writers? Get over it. What about the fans? Hotch was an essential part of the team with tons of history and for him to just disappear was unforgiveable. It really was. The show explanation was he went into witness protection with his son, Jack, to hide from Mr. Scratch, who was in the premiere this season. I guess that makes sense, but knowing the real reason Gibson is off the show makes the explanation lame.
What was to look forward to this season?
One thing. And it’s the same every season.
Now don’t laugh.
It’s different every season and it gives me a chuckle of anticipation to see how he’ll be presented. This season, we’re going with slightly dirty poofy bedhead with a potential for dreads to spontaneously form. He’s also got a scruff going on and looks like a hot mess, but he’s Spence and we love him no matter what he looks like. He always pulls it off.
So, how was the premiere?
The case wasn’t anything new, so there isn’t much to analyze and pull apart, but here’s what to love and to hate about the episode itself.
- They finally took care of Scratch
- Prentiss did an amazing acting job
- Spence’s new look
- JJ and her husband’s moment in the hospital (so cute)
- Penelope, as always
- Rossi, as always
- Closure in the Hotch situation
- It’s clear that Hotch isn’t coming back
- The wheels up queer moment with the team at the end
- They were so torn up about Agent Walker dying. I mean it’s sad, yes, but they hardly knew the guy.
- It would’ve been nice to have a refresher on who the heck the FBI guy was running around with Penelope.
- The whole Scratch thing was old and overdone (so glad it’s over.)
Overall, there is hope for this season, even though Hotch isn’t there. The writer’s are coming off Disney-ish with the whole ‘wheel’s up’ scene, so they need to knock that off and concentrate on complicated dark cases, but I’m sticking with it for now to see where they take us.
How did you feel about the episode? Are you angry Hotch left the show?