Past Life


If someone asks me what I think I was in my past life, I’d probably say, “A detective.” You should know by now that I am drawn to tragedy-inspired stories (my friend, Maix, is so good at this), and crime investigation would place second on my list of interests. In fact, I think I have a gift in this field because I am best at checking things out. *winks*

Kidding aside, there are a number of TV programs that fall under the same category, but this particular series caught my undivided attention. I am talking about CBS’ Criminal Minds. The show has been running since September 2005. The original cast includes the characters of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) and Elle Greenaway (Lola Gaudini), but both left the show in the second and third season, respectively. Kirsten Vangsness character, Penelopé Garcia, recurs every now and then in Season 1.

From left: Dr. Spencer Reid, Aaron Hotchner, Elle Greenaway, Jason Gideon, Derek Morgan (sans Penelopé Garcia and Jennifer Jareau)

In the following seasons, Elle Greenaway and Jason Gideon were replaced by Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) and David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), respectively, and Penelopé Garcia has been part of the main cast since.

From left: Dr. Spencer Reid, Emily Prentiss, Derek Morgan, Aaron Hotchner, David Rossi, Jennifer Jareau (a.k.a JJ), Penelopé Garcia

So what’s so special about this series, you may ask? Well, unlike any other shows (of the same concept) that delve into whoever committed the crime, Criminal Minds focuses on the behavior of the unsub that led him to do such offense. An unsub, by the way, is a term used by the team in lieu of the suspect’s name. In addition to this, the team makes up the profilers.

I love this show so much, that each cast member are just as important as the others, thus I don’t have a certain favorite among them. However, I have strong admiration for Matthew Gray Gubler’s character, Dr. Spencer Reid, who is literally the Mastermind of the team because of his extraordinary skills. Dr. Reid is a genius with an IQ of 187, can read 20,000 words per minute, and has an eidetic memory. It amazes me how they are able to figure out an unsub just by looking at clues and evidences from the crime scene. They can trace the reason behind an unsub‘s “trademark” or “pattern” in every crime he committed. It’s just mind blowing! If I may add, I watched Seasons 1 to 5 with my family. Even they found the show interesting!

Side Note: If I remember it correctly, Criminal Minds is shown in FOX Channel on Saturday nights. I’ve been totally missing out not only with a few episodes, but all three seasons. I better get myself copies of Seasons 6 to 8!

4 thoughts on “Past Life

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  2. Hmm. If you are good at checking things out and second-guessing what a felon will do, then be careful. Someone told me criminals think alike! kkkk kidding ^_^



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