Review: Criminal Minds – Season Four Premiere on CBS

Show: Criminal Minds (CBS)
Episode: “Mayhem” – Season Premiere (Season 4)
Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Rating: 2.5 out of 4 Stars

Quick Synopsis: SUV explodes and the team continues their investigation.

Long Synopsis: The story picks up where the show left off last season, with the explosion of one of the SUVs the team was using. The process they put in place actually comes back to hurt them after the explosion. The terrorist group seems to be a step ahead. The tech team is scouring the camera feeds and may have discovered one of the culprits. But, what is the real reason behind this attack? Could there be something more? The team races to figure it out before it’s too late.

Review: Criminal Minds is a solid show and this is another solid episode. I’d say that it’s just about what we’ve come to expect from this show. But, there were a few things that bothered me.

We’ve been waiting all summer to find out whom lives and who dies and, well you’ll have to watch to find out. When you do, you’ll find out one of the things that I didn’t like about the episode. I wish I could say more without spoiling it.

The best part of the show for me is Mathew Gray Gubler’s Dr. Spencer Reid, but he is little used here. So is much of the cast, as well, with the bulk of the story revolving around Hotch and Morgan.

The episode suffers a bit from predictability. I don’t like it when you figure things out way ahead of a group of characters that are supposed to be the best profilers the FBI has to offer.

Those three things are why it didn’t get a higher rating.

Overall, it is the best you can do in the second hour of primetime until Private Practice returns next week. Then it’s pretty much a coin flip as to which is the better option. At any rate, it’s got to be better than watching The CW’s upcoming Stylista and is definitely better than watching FOX’s duo of ‘Til Death and Do Not Disturb or NBC’s Deal or No Deal.

Criminal Minds premieres tonight, Wednesday, September 24th on CBS after the season premiere of The New Adventures of Old Christine and the series premiere of Gary Unmarried.

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7 comments… add one
  • Mike Sep 24, 2008, 8:59 pm

    I DVR’d the premier of Criminal Minds, however due to the presidential address I missed the final 20 minutes…how can I get those online or will they re-air, soon?

  • Bubble Sep 24, 2008, 10:32 pm

    same issue, I hope I can see the end somewhere…

  • Ticked off Sep 25, 2008, 5:43 pm

    Same thing here … i was soo mad!

  • virginia Sep 25, 2008, 5:48 pm

    missed the end!

  • Deenie Sep 25, 2008, 7:00 pm

    Me too. It’s got to be somewhere out there.

  • Jason the TVaholic Sep 26, 2008, 3:20 am

    Mike, Bubble, Ticked off, virginia, & Deenie, Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like CBS will be replaying it anytime soon and it is one of the shows that isn’t online anywhere that I know of, at least not legitimately. It is not on, Amazon or iTunes. CBS is actually repeating a Criminal Minds episode on Saturday, but not this one.

  • lyndsay-lee Aug 27, 2009, 2:45 pm

    i have been watching season 3 and i really want to no who was in the suv which got blown up thanks lynz x

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