Criminal Minds has clearly learned from past mistakes. The second episode featuring new team member Alex Blake already goes straight back to business as usual. No-one mentions she’s new with a single word; Garcia says nothing about the concerns she had one episode ago either and the case doesn’t have anything to do with Blake’s special field. This and the fact we still learn more about the new team member pleases me.
So Blake’s husband is a doctor and currently overseas for a humanitarian organisation; they have a Skype marriage and she thinks of this as an efficient arrangement. When Rossi tries to get rid of his unwanted vacation days and makes Garcia give his days off away to FBI agents with spouses serving overseas, she tells him it’s a great gesture – but doesn’t mention she would qualify, even though Rossi desperately tries to get rid of 6 more vacation days. That woman makes sense to me and so does Rossi, as usual. They know their priorities – work comes first. And that is something I also always appreciated about Prentiss.
Anyway, to the case. I liked this case – two women going vigilante on the people who killed their children and got away with minimum sentences; one being a reluctant killer trying to find new meaning in life after her daughter’s death, the other a psychopath unwilling to stop after avenging her nephew’s death. It gets interesting when they go after a guy involved in the murder, but never convicted, who is a manipulative psychopath himself and tries to team up with the ruthless half of the duo. The one thing that keeps bothering me is the following dialogue, as seen/heard in oh so many CM episodes:
Agent 1: I wonder why the victim was blitz attacked.
Agent 2: The unsub is most likely a woman.
The one case I’m waiting for is one where the unsub is a 1.90 m, 125 kg butch, for no other reason than teaching the team that not all woman are helpless weaklings who need to use blitz attacks against men of average build. You see, it just makes cases way too easy: Blitz attack? Ah, must be a woman. So give them a woman who does not use blitz attacks. Let her kill with her bare hands. Break with the stereotype. Just once.