DVD Review: CRIMINAL MINDS: season three

CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: September 16th, 2008
MSRP: $55.98

Stars: Joe Mantegna,Thomas Gibson, Mathew Grey Gubler, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness,Paget Brewster, and A.J.Cook

Criminal Minds is the best show I don’t regularly watch. Good writing, good acting and some of the strongest characters on tv. But the usual subject matter creeps me out. I know there are people out there that would kill me because the neighborhood cat told them to, but I don’t like to dwell on it. Make me twitterpated. Keeps me from sleeping soundly. Bad juju. Well these folk are a team of FBI Profilers who wade around in minds that would make a sewer worker blanch. I just finished season three(yes, all of it. I knew I shouldn’t have ratted myself out like that) and I think it’s going to be impossible to stay away.

This thing has become so character driven I am practally giddy. Sure I miss Mandy Patinkin. Gideon was a powerful force but Joe Mantegna is holding his own and the rest of the cast, Thomas Gibson, Mathew Grey Gubler, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness,Paget Brewster, and A.J.Cook have truely stepped up. The powers that be have wisely deduced that if showing Gideons’ human side worked then why not show everyones human side. And they have, in spades. Who’s pregnant and by whom, who’s getting a divorce they don’t want, who’s been shot, blown up,who’s fighting drug addiction at a twelve step meeting, whos’ getting their faith back, and who’s sleeping with Xander of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (although he isn’t Xander anymore, he’s Kevin).The stories are as strong or stronger than ever but more and more we get to see the toll, and that friends is what I call drama.

So maybe I’ll have a bad dream once in a while. This video gold is worth it.

Specials are nothing much.Cut scenes and a gag reel.
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Read Jon’s review of season one.
Read Lee’s review of season two.
Lee Crawford
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