Saturday, March 16, 2013
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (Thoughts on Show + Finale Resolution)
Now on a side note, I want to discuss the finale real quick and in doing so, I am going to throw up a quick SPOILER ALERT because this paragraph is really meant for those few people who cared enough to watch the whole show. As a recap, they face a criminal duo that kidnaps people's loved ones then contacts the other party and tells him or her to go to a public place and shoot someone or else their loved one will be killed. As the finale goes on, Agent Beth Griffith (Janeane Garofalo) gets kidnapped and Sam Cooper (Forest Whitaker) is the one that is contacted. Sam Cooper is told to come to a certain spot and he does. What he finds is that the person he is asked to shoot is one of the two men in the duo, the one who they learned all about who is a troubled individual that is being used. Sam Cooper wants really badly to help him rather than shoot him, but a gun is being held to Beth's head and if Cooper doesn't shoot the guy, Beth is the one that is going to get shot. The episode ends when time runs out and a gun is fired. However, we do not see on screen which gun was fired and the episode ends. This is a fantastic episode and a fantastic ending. Sadly, we are left on a forever cliffhanger and will never know how the story resolves because it is after this episode when the series gets cancelled. I searched the web for answers and could not find any official statement by a cast or crew member on how they were planning on resolving that, so instead after much thinking, I have come to the conclusion in my mind that Sam Cooper couldn't get himself to fire his weapon in that scenario and thus Beth is the one that gets shot and killed. This would lead to a very emotional and tragic opening to the second season that would include them eventually finding and arresting both men in the duo, but ending the episode with a funeral procession for Beth. They would need to hire a replacement for her, but they could do it. It would be a really sad episode, but it would be one that would go down as one of the best episodes of the show had it been given the shot to go forward. But that's just my opinion. If you have seen this episode, please feel free to post your thoughts about what would've happened in the season opener because I would be interested in reading them.