While it is premiere week for the major networks I am getting my fill of watching shows I had never seen before. Even though “Criminal Minds” is not a new TV series it premiered its sixth season. This was one of the most intense dramas I have seen on television in a long time. Earlier that day I was driving in my car when I heard the radio commercial for this CBS crime drama.
They played an excerpt of the killer’s voice that sent chills up my spine. He asked some unidentified person “The question isn’t why do I kill? It should be, why I don’t kill everybody.” Following that, the announcer stated Tim Curry would guest star on the season premiere of “Criminal Minds” on CBS. Right then and there I said to myself I was going to watch it.
I’ve been a fan of Tim Curry since a former high school classmate of mine told me of an interactive role-playing movie title “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. She would dress up as the character of Columbia at the midnight showings. When I finally got the nerve to attend (not participate) in one of these unique happenings I instantly fell is love with this parody film on the bad science fiction movies from the 50s and 60s.
Tim Curry as Dr, Frank-N-Furter who is a transsexual from Transylvania was absolutely unforgettable. Now I was very curious how he would portray a psychotic serial killer. As mentioned earlier I had not seen this television show. A little research was in order to prepare myself for this episode.
It’s a good thing I did some reading up regarding the season finale where Tim Curry’s character, Billy Flynn aka “The Prince of Darkness”, killed one of the detectives. He then takes the slain detective’s daughter, Ellie, as a hostage. Naturally kidnappings involve the FBI, or in this case the BAU – Behavioral Analysis Unit. This is an elite team within the FBI. Basically I’ll just highlight some of the memorable moments that stood out for me.
At first it was very hard to figure out what was happening, but after a while everything fell into place. One of the FBI Unit Chiefs, Derek Morgan, made a promise to take care of his fallen comrade’s daughter. Morgan would do whatever it took to track down the killer and his hostage. The beginning was weird until you realized it was this serial killer as a little boy. Then you are introduced to Billy Flynn as an adult. Talk about a frightening character. I had never seen anything like that on TV. The one thing that stood out was his horrible teeth.
Flynn continued his killing spree with his so-called new partner, the hostage Ellie. His M.O. was to approach a stranger’s home by randomly killing the occupants. If someone got too close to his RV he would literally shoot to kill. One occasion during a home invasion he ordered Ellie, along with a mother and child, to go inside a closet. Elle stood her ground by resisting Flynn. She never showed fear, which is why she was still alive. It was discovered by Ellie this family has a second child who managed to escape. The child ran to each of the neighbors.
When a neighborhood mob ensued Billy and Ellie took off in a stolen vehicle. Billy Flynn is an avid listener to talk radio, because his name would be mentioned constantly. The BAU team devised a way through a lot of bureaucratic nonsense to get to talk to The Prince of Darkness by way of the emergency airwaves. Special Agent and Media Liason, Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, used a different style of hostage negotiating by understanding Billy’s fate in life. His mother was a prostitute eho resented her son around for her tricks
I won’t go any further as it reveals a lot of spoilers. Amazingly the time just flew by while watching this program. Normally I’m always looking at the clock to see when a show will end. That’s how I feel with some of these reality shows. In a way it was strange not watching reality TV for a change. Tim Curry’s portrayal of the merciless killer Billy Flynn was absolutely believable and extremely terrifying.
I’m glad I made the effort to watch this show. One of the actors, Joe Mantegna, on “Criminal Minds: plays Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. I got to meet Joe Mantegna while living in Chicago. He’s extremely nice and so pleasant to talk to. One thing I liked about the show it’s so different from all the rest of the same old, same old crime dramas. The focus is entirely on the criminals rather than the crime. This reminded me so much of the criminology courses I took on college.
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