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25 March 2009 @ 10:02 pm
The One Without the Pictures of Baby Pandas  
Well, two more days left in this week.  Still no LJ at work, therapy was a bit scattered but still excellent, I didnt read a lick of that book I am supposed to be reviewing and blah blah blah blah blah.  You know why you're here.......my show was on tonight.  Click for the 411.

--I am finding it hard to find the words.  I really hate episodes with sympathetic yet sick Unsubs.  Cuz then I feel bad for everyone involved and I walk away with a stomach ache.

--Ah, small town America......let the insanity begin.

--The Blob, one of the best scary movies of all time.  I loved the irony of that scene.

--Is Hotch not wearing a suit in the beginning?  Two weeks in a row, must be my lucky day.  He had changed back to 'bossman' Hotch by the plane.

--ROSSI!!!!!!!!!!!!  He looked RAWR HOT in that black shirt on the plane.  And that's all I have to say about that.  Moving on..........

I liked this episode a lot, I mostly liked it because it was heavily involving Garcia, even though she was stepping out of the box of total Garcia-ness and pretty much doing their jobs, but I feel there was something missing.  I dont know, I cannot put my finger on it but the links did not seem to be together in this ep for me......maybe I have to watch it again.  There was team interaction but didnt seem to be team interaction.  Maybe because there was only one crime after they arrived in town, I dont know, I could just be grasping at straws.  Arsonists fascinate me so the story and the rage, I could get behind that.  And the small town secret, yeah duh, and Garcia getting all up in people's faces for fucking up a kid's whole life was good.  But was anyone else thinking when they said the parents died in a fire that Tommy set that one too, even though he was just five, so he could have his sister all to himself.  I just felt there were pieces missing, more I wanted to know about why.

I loved that Garcia was freaked that Hotch might be mad, its always an adventure to see her ramble, and I am glad she stood her ground on her outrage, even though he tried to rein her back in.  I loved that he came to her in the end and reassured her, thanked her, reminded her that they cant do it without her, ever.  It always makes me feel good when a member of the team is reminded how valuable they are to making things happen.  And woo-hoo for Derek and Garcia moment even though he didnt get his banter because she was a little too busy being upset and kinda paranoid.  Frazzled Garcia is so adorable.

So, all in all, 3 and a half stars out of five for reasons I cannot quite articulate.  I can certainly say I liked this episode, I liked the story but I just found holes in the telling of it.  And is it just me or is there something about Hotch and fire?  I dont know what it is as we know so little about his past but these cases bother him and not just in the way all cases bother him but there is something else.  Maybe I am just putting too much into it but I still feel there is something.

I think I might have put my finger on it..........if Garcia was doing all the profiling, what was everyone else doing?  I mean I know it was a small town so they had to tread lightly but were they really doing anything?  I feel a distinct lack of doing anything in this episode.  Yeah, that's what I put my finger on.                                                                                                           
I'm In....: the lair
I Feel....: okayokay
I Hear....: The Presidents on History International
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SSA McGeek: The Girls......Kir-getmcgarrygirl78 on March 26th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh surely it would never happen in real life, that's why we love our show.....deviating from real life is always awesome with the right group of people : )

My favorite part about it was that she never lost an ounce of her wonderful Garcia-ness while having to do something so uncharacteristic of who she is as a person and a tech analyst.
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spence_reid: kissspence_reid on March 26th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
It was missing something. Subtext, for one. : P And Reid. Needed more Reid. I know you're not a huge fan, but I miss him. He's been background-y a lot lately. And Hotch was suitless!!!! It was the middle of the night and it looked like some of them hadn't bothered to dress FBI-ish. Reid was though. Maybe he has collared shirt pjs like Barney has suit pajamas on How I Met Your Mother.......the end was adorable. Hotch=love. My mom said, "He called her Penelope twice. Maybe he's about to crack." I'm not sure why....it was funny though and I thought I'd share. Man I'm hyper!!
SSA McGeek: Hotch....contemplationmcgarrygirl78 on March 26th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I just want the whole team to be up front more, more team stuff, interrogations, interviews, gatherings where they discuss victimology and stuff.....the essence of that seems to be a little lost in Season 4. I've seen it off and on and I definitely want more on.

I liked that he called her Penelope though he rarely calls anyone else by their first name, she is special. It was a nice moment.
Anneklok: [h/p] a little subtext pleasesecondheartbeat on March 28th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Okay. *takes a deep breath* Let's begin.

1) Hotch and fire. He has some serious fire issues. In both episodes he held his shit together with the severely burned dying female victim. I love Hotch for holding his shit.

2) Garcia frazzled = A+

3) I cannot put my finger on it either. So much so that I couldn't bring myself to update about it yet. I just didn't know what to say.

4) I love when Hotch sweet talks Garcia very calm and rationally and she's huffy and twitching. That makes it so cute.

5) I don't know what everyone else was doing this episode but I know for sure they were not at the movies.... too soon? Yea, too soon.
SSA McGeek: Hotch and Prentiss.....partnersmcgarrygirl78 on March 28th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
There is totally a fire thing and I cannot even begin to touch on what the hell it might be because we got bupkis on Hotch. But his father died of cancer and who the hell knows about his mother, a fire perhaps?

Yeah, it was good but there were elements usually in terrific episodes that were seriously missing. This case was so cut and dry and maybe a little cliche, I almost didnt care who did it or why, I just liked watching Garcia out of her element....she was so made of super awesome in this ep.

LMAO at the movies joke. You crack me up, seriously. Seriously : D
Anneklok: [prentiss] smolderingsecondheartbeat on March 28th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I think fire is one of the most gruesome and horrific ways to die. I mean with the exception of the stuff dreamed up in the Saw movies - it's excruciating in of itself, perception of time bends making the feelings last longer, if you survive the initial carnage your body is still susceptible to painful death by infection, and few other methods of torture can leave a person quite easily with every nerve in their body in anguish. Then there's Hotch - despite all of that - he's able to compartmentalize and deal. So in theory, he's fireproof.

I think the case had to be cliche cut and dry. There's only so many M. Night Shamalayan (sp, whatever) twists that can go down before as viewers we expect them. It's probably a blessing in disguise that we were unnerved by the cut and dry of the case. AND OH GOD I forgot to mention I thought that kid torched his parents to be closer to his sister too!!!!! That's the eerie element that will be left up to us for conjecture while we wait on season 5. They are so good to us on this show. SRSLY!

Dude, I'm awful. It's criminal how my jokes go in for the nuclear kill we're all thinking but don't want to say outloud.
SSA McGeek: Criminal Mindsmcgarrygirl78 on March 29th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm with you on fire and now pretty freaked out.

I think the writers of SVU still find ways to kick me in the nuts, they go for broke almost every time and at 10:55 I am sitting there with my mouth agape like I was just punched in the face by a trusted friend. Also, I wouldnt mind some gruesome Saw-type shit on my show once in a while, I want my profilers to look like me at 9:55 just once.