"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

21 September 2007

Criminal Minds Reprise

Last night was the repeat of last season's Criminal Minds finale, in preparation for the new one to begin. I discovered that I was too kind to Hotch's supervisor, who I said was firing Hotch and putting Prentiss in his place. Instead, she tells Prentiss that Hotch needs to lose his job -- and she expects Prentiss, out of gratefulness for having been placed on the team over the objections of others, to now ensure that this happens. In other words, she is asking Prentiss to be not just a mole, but an active agent of dissension and destruction to her team.

Most interesting. It will be interesting to see how she negotiates this.

In other news, I am absolutely heart-broken because Mandy Patinkin is leaving the show. It just isn't right. Who else could ever play father and confessor to the others as well as he? Criminal Minds without Jason Gideon . . . ? Unimaginable. He set a remarkably high bar for the actor who will take his place.


predictablepoet said...

Never seen the show, but I can imagine it'd be hard for me to watch Mandy Patinkin in that role without expecting him to burst out with, "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die..." The poor guy probably lives under the shadow of those lines...

alaiyo said...


If you only know him from _Princess Bride_, and you didn't see the cast listing, you'd never guess it was the same actor. (There's absolutely nothing remotely Spanish in his real appearance . . . go figure!) I keep trying to see something in both roles that ties them to him, and I can't do it. One mark of a truly great actor, perhaps?

predictablepoet said...

I've seen him in several other roles, including an obscure politically-correct Disney vehicle about Squanto, and he's a wonderfully talented actor; nevertheless, I still wanted to laugh. That's probably due to my immature sense of humor, though. :o)