Psychopaths, Murders, and Rapists, Oh-My! Kansas this is not. The dark television drama “Criminal Minds” brings its audience into a world reserved only for the deeply disturbed and the people who are trained and driven to reign in the insanity. Every week the audience sits back and watches the gruesome events unfold and resolve over a one-hour period. So, is it just the blood and psychosis that brings loyal watchers back week after week, and month after month for the last five years? Or is it the dynamics behind each of the “Criminal Minds” team members that has fans tuning in every week?
Each member in the show’s cast plays a role in a group of highly trained FBI agents, filling a specific need for the BAU (that’s behavior analysis unit for those not up-to-date on your governmental acronyms), and more often than not, it is the back stories to each of these team members that takes a more prevalent role than the crime being investigated that week.
Take for example: Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, the character played by actor Matthew Gray Gubler. In the often shocking drama, Dr. Reid is a quiet, somewhat nerdy looking, very young agent who has the IQ of a genius. Often times his boyish looks make him appear to be weak, and he often walks with a more casual stride that contradicts the other agents determined paces.
Raised by a schizophrenic, single mother, SSA Dr. Reid was left with enormous amounts of guilt after he had her committed, and it is this unrelenting guilt that ultimately led to a drug addiction in recent seasons. His character often doesn’t carry a gun and is rarely in the field with the other agents. His work primarily exists in squad and boardrooms and yet, TV.Com shows SSA DR. Spencer Reid to the most popular character of all the “Criminal Minds” team. This is due in large part to his back story.
Almost every fan has a favorite character. The “Criminal Minds” BAU team members are so diverse that is difficult to not find one personality that you can relate to. The writers, cast, and crew do such a great job of creating each individual that you have little choice but to begin to care what happens to them. As they go about their careers saving Americans from the bottom of society’s barrel, it becomes obvious: While the shocking and frequently horrific plot lines are interesting, it is the human component that makes it hard to tear your eyes away.
Criminal Minds Cast and Crew. TV.COM