First of all, I’m really glad to have a weekly show back.
Secondly, I’m not going to complain and be overly nitpicky due to that.
So Alex Blake is the new team member, as especially Garcia keeps reminding us. Every five minutes. Well, yes, I noticed that person is not Emily nor any other known team member, so I kinda assumed she’s the new one. Though it’s annoying, the bright side is that the show at least actually deals with and follows up on Emily’s departure instead of pretending she never existed. I even think Garcia says out loud what many viewers were thinking; concerns if they can get along with the new person, if she’s nice and not just super-duper qualified on paper and that saying goodbye to Emily isn’t so easy. Thing is, for us viewers, the entire spring/summer passed and gave us the time to deal with the latter. I doubt I’m the only one who made peace with the cast change in that time. In the show, however, only a few weeks passed since Emily left – and Garcia permanently talking about it sounds like a broken record to me because it’s all the stuff I already put behind me by now.
Alex Blake. What can I say? I loved Emily and I especially loved the team up of her and David Rossi. Now, we have Alex Blake, seemingly getting into a team up of her own with Reid. I should be the first in line to complain. But I’m not. I actually like Blake and I also like her in combination with Reid. He was on the losing side of attention all through season 7; it’s his turn to be a bit more in the spotlight. And it makes perfect sense to combine his skills with Blake’s.
I forgive the unbelievable coincidence that the first case with linguist Blake deals with an unsub and his relation to words and languages. Yes, of course it’s constructed like hell; only rivaled by DS9 in season 7 when Garak suddenly became claustrophobic outta nowhere to justify the existance of Ezri Dax. In CM, it’s not so bad. All other team members had cases where they had to use their specific skills in the past and there were earlier cases where the team could really have used a linguist (and Reid played the part). So I don’t mind this obvious show off because it makes sense on all accounts.
In short, this was a decent season pilot. It could have been better, yes. But it could also have been a lot worse. The focus was clearly less on the unsub and more on the introduction of Blake as a new character and that’s understandable. What earned some extra points: the teaser for the future in the end; photos of all team members being developed by a mysterious stranger.