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A few days ago, lumiere42 surprised me with a delightful "Welcome to the Criminal Minds fandom" primer of all the major fan sites/resources and how to use them. It's fantastic and straight out of my "things I have always wished people would make for me" blueprints. Fandom guides are the best.

Anyway, I've spent some more time wandering around and hungrily chewing up more clips as YouTube sidebars provide them (immediate post-knee-shooting, kid shot in front of him - great, Zugswang just keeps getting more traumatic - and these fanvids keep taunting me with ambulance and hospital clips I cannot seem to find. S'UP, 4x24? You, your anthrax and I should make a date to view you in full).

But more to the point, I've been running into Criminal Minds nearly every time I turn on the TV, including a marathon on Monday. The marathon was season 6, which I only know because I met New Girl, otherwise known as Seaver. And while I assumed she would annoy me based on what my friends list was writing last year, I actually really liked her! I'm not sad she's gone now, especially as Blake is infinitely better, but she's cute and earnest and I quietly delighted in the idea of her usurping Reid's position as the baby of the BAU family.

[weird aside: if these people were dogs, they'd be...]
[SIDEBAR: oh help, in fifteen seconds flat I just figured out what this team would look like as a dog pack, maybe pets living out on a farm. Hotch is a loner Rottweiler, Rossi's an Old English Sheepdog because of reasons, Garcia's the whip-smart collie, Morgan's the tough but loyal German Shepherd, JJ's a Golden Retriever and Prentiss a black Lab. Reid is some sort of small breed - I'm tempted to go with Dachshund, long and skinny - further emphasized by the fact that he's the only one who arrived to this pack as a puppy and they all sort of raised him. The absentee Gideon was either a Great Dane or a Mastiff, something imposing but gone before his time, and Seaver was a Cocker Spaniel pup too energetic for her own good with all the others so much older, and was thus exchanged for a more senior rescue. I'm just not sure what kind Blake is yet. Maybe a Setter? Regal dignity would suit her. God, I'm weird. I mean, I normally figure out people's equine counterparts.]

^ I wrote this after 2 A.M. Just keep that in mind. Nothing good happens after 2 A.M.

Episodes I Have Watched Recent-ish-ly

7x19, Heathridge Manor: HEATHRIDGE MANOR. The title alone gives me shivers, and then the episode lives up 200% to expectations. THAT is what a bone-chilling episode looks like. I was secretly worrying that my newfound character love had broken this show, so I'm really glad it can still pull out all the stops case-wise. Stellar series highlight.

The teaser opened with a body in an abandoned insane asylum, for starters. As anyone who has ever visited abandonedplaces can attest, there is no spookier setting, nor one that is more fascinating to wander through safely on the other side of a screen. And then it moved to a gorgeous old manor home with 9 billion Gothic elements. And cast Kyle Gallner. And featured some good old fashioned witch-identification torture that was so awful to watch I couldn't look away.

I loved how his delusions were clearly psychological, but they were also shot in a just-creepy-enough way for one to believe his mother's ghost was haunting him if you so chose. Actually, all the art direction in this was so spectacular and breathtaking that I wonder...*checks* YUP, Director Gubler strikes again. OK, I am so fully on board with him moving to directing full time when this show is done.

Then there were the beautiful costumes the dead women were dressed in, the mom's disturbing backstory, and the sister's bizarre ability to understand the real world and yet still believe in this devil's-bride business enough not to see anything wrong with it until it's too late. And since I am apparently totally at a loss for words about how much I loved every second of every minute of this, HOW ABOUT THAT ENDING? That is the best ending in all of Criminal Minds history. I got spontaneous goosebumps when the shot pulled away at the end to reveal her talking to an empty porch.

(but, I don't know, I'm not sure I can be convinced the devil wasn't actually standing there and just invisible to us. Nothing I love more than a crime show that gives you plausible deniability.)

6x19, With Friends Like These: This was actually half over by the time I got started, but it left my jaw hanging open to the point where I had to go back and catch the whole thing online. We're apparently on a theme of devil hauntings this week, and I will take it. That was so unsettling! Nonstop goosebumps, especially that twist of a "We've always been with you" ending. I don't know whether to feel heartbroken and sorry for him or just huddle up in a ball under the covers, being grateful I don't have to stab people to go to sleep while worrying that someone's going to stab me in the middle of the night instead. SO WELL DONE, THOUGH. Second most unnerving demon stalkers ever.

6x21, The Stranger: Ahhh, regular run of the mill stalking and murdering. STILL CREEPY, what with it lifting a page or two right out of "Scream.' (I lost it at the face in the window photo). A rather disappointing and ordinary ending/motive after that, though it did give Seaver a turn in the talk-down spotlight.

6x20, Hanley Waters: I think I've seen this one before (suburban mom loads bullets in gun shop, shoots up the place, continues erratic shooting spree because of Dead Child + Absent Ex-Husband Make Woman Something Something syndrome)...I like the actress, last seen briefly on Scrubs season 1, but this doesn't hold up well to repeat viewings. And I'm pretty sure this is the one that aired last, because it bored me enough to walk away from the channel - the next episode skipped to 6x23 and it was all things washing up on shore and shaping up Morgan-cenand blah blah bye.

8x05, The Good Earth: in which I am too fascinated by Anne Dudek being crazy to remember anything else. Oh, I know! We tuned in to watch the dudes being held in captivity, apparently as breeding material, but which instead turned out to be destined for plant fodder to create crazy miracle cures for non-existent diseases. It was mostly a gross-out fest, but I couldn't stop watching Anne.

+ Rewatched the relevant parts of 2x15. IT'S LIKE I DIDN'T EVEN WATCH IT AT ALL THE FIRST TIME. I love when I don't write down anything specific; the memories instantly vanish from my head and it's like everything's brand new. So much physical + emotional trauma. So much satisfaction. (notice how I'm still not writing anything down?)

+ Don't have time for a whole Uncanny Valley rewatch, but plenty of time for this ending clip, reminding me why in addition to terrifying the pants off me, this episode also breaks my heart because HI, ALTERNATE ME.

"Listen, you have to go with these men. But your friends can go with you, okay?"
"They won't take - they won't take them away?"
"I promise, no one will ever take them away again."
Other Character Notes
Feelings Updates: JJ, who has always struck me as pleasant but bland, has found a backdoor to my heart via her perfect big sister vibe with Reid. Their hugs are basket-of-puppies levels of cute. I still don't have a super deep attachment to Prentiss, which is good for my health and well being, but weird considering she was originally one of the bigger character draws for me.

The fact that she left the show twice/is not currently here while I'm Shiny New Obsession Love-ing it up has probably caused me to put up unintentional DON'T GET ATTACHED walls. (that, and I can't stand her hair when it's that shade of almost black - it goes right past "doesn't look right" and into "bad wig" territory) I do like the similar sister vibe she has with Reid, and the way hers strikes me as a bit more maternal, it just hasn't quite clicked in my brain. It will someday.

Nothing else new to report, I guess. I've got other fandoms to deal with, anyway.

Also relevant to this post: I accidentally watched an episode of Leverage on Sunday because when it started I was trying to figure out what show it was, and then the hot-headed blonde caught my attention and I realized HI BETH RIESGRAF. I've been wondering how people knew who she was. My assessment is that this show is, okay, not as stupid and horrible as previously assumed? I might watch it again next time I'm up late and groaning in frustration that Sunday night TV cuts me off at 1 AM.

The episode was apparently 1.11, "The Juror #6 Job," and like I said - I was on board right away because of Parker's sass and delightful anti-social behavior, but I also was immediately intrigued by...Haridson? I looked up Aldis Hodge to figure out why I know him, but all I can come up with is Guest Star Roulette. He's been in all my crime shows plus a few more, and has a really distinctive face, but I cannot figure out where he most strongly stuck out. Maybe Castle, "Always Buy Retail"?

And then Lauren Holly showed up, and that sold my seat for the night. Long enough to figure out the premise of this show* and find it rather charmingly quirky (or I just love Parker) and surprisingly funny. I wasn't even sure if it was a drama or a comedy in the first half.
*I had literally no idea until ION ran a short promo about a month ago and said something about a ring of "good guy theives" and have since checked Wikipedia; before that I assumed it was spying/CIA-related)

If you're wondering why I assumed it was stupid and horrible in the first place, literally my only reason was "it's on cable." Even on TNT, which I know is a model of class and restraint among the cable landscape. But according to "Is-This-Show-Suitable-For-RS-To-Watch.com", the language rates a 0 on the panic scale, so it's apparently indistinguishable from broadcast TV. Yay! Aw, look at me, gettin' more enthusiastic by the minute when I know I'll never have time to watch this again unless I trip over it.

This has been post 2 of 5 today. Want to maximize writing time, but can't decide if that means I should go to bed now, at 7 A.M. when I start to crash, or hold out until 2 P.M. and then give up on the world until Friday.


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Jan. 31st, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Leverage is pretty delightful, especially the first season, you should watch that! It's only 12 episodes! Parker is one of my favorite characters on TV ever, which is part of why that CM episode hit me in the face so hard because Leverage had JUST ended and then there was Parker free to be shipped with Reid, who I've always wanted to ship with someone, and then ... THAT happened. Ugh.
Hardison is excellent too, I saw him here first and I hope Aldis will get a new show ASAP now that Leverage is over.

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Watch Leverage. Doitdoitdoitdoit....
Jan. 31st, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
I AM EXCITED THAT THIS HAS BECOME A LEVERAGE PARTY POST. Aaaand I just requested season 1 from the library on a whim, thank you, because I feel comfortable declaring Parker an instant character favorite. And the second gif reminded me that I also took a shine to the dark-haired woman

Oh, wow, you're not kidding about the timing between series finale and CM 8x12. That just seems mean.
Jan. 31st, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
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I AM PLEASED. :D Looking forward to hearing what you think of it! Sophie's great too, I love her big sister/mother relationship with Parker. <3

I KNOW, RIGHT? WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS TO ME? *still not over it*
Jan. 31st, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I've heard really good things about Leverage. Criminal Minds too, but there's only so many procedurals that I can follow and CSI owns that excessively obsessive part of my brain. :)
Jan. 31st, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hah, fair enough. Criminal Minds works better than most as standalone episodes, though, particularly if/when you really want to watch a horror movie but don't want to go out and rent one or have any on hand. It delivers about the same amount of gore and nightmare fuel.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
I was on board right away because of Parker's sass and delightful anti-social behavior, but I also was immediately intrigued by...Haridson? I looked up Aldis Hodge to figure out why I know him

PARKER!! MY <3!! HARDISON!!!! ♥ ♥
maybe you recognize him from my icon? /shameless bragging
I'm pretty sure he's been in quite a few shows. I know he was in Supernatural because Jensen and Aldis and Christian Kane are all friends in RL. And because I met them all at the same place lol.

Seriously though, I hope you start watching Leverage!
It's got Parker, it's got Hardison, It's got the best threesome of friendship, and did I mention it's got Parker? (if you liked her in that ep, she only gets better!)
Maybe I can convince you with a fanvid?

I don't think there are extreme spoilers in it.

Edited at 2013-02-02 12:57 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
re: icon - oh whoa, when did that happen?

Already convinced, but I clicked "play" because the song title made me choke on an ice cube laughing. Nothing delights me like fanvids set to rap songs (I'm convinced that's the only reason those songs exist). AWESOME. It took me a good two minutes to stop laughing and I will never hear this song the same way again.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
re: during a Christian Kane concert. I also met Jensen that night. Right before that picture was taken I literally said to him "I'm sure you hear this all the time, but you're very attractive"

I don't even know what came over me. I was very blunt about it too. Like I said it all proper like, cause maybe I'm not used to hitting on guys let alone famous guys. He blushed and told me that "no, that doesn't happen all the time" all sincere like. Best night ever.

Leverage also films in my Hometown, so I've met the entire cast a few times.

Nothing delights me like fanvids set to rap songs (I'm convinced that's the only reason those songs exist)

I agree so much!!
Every time I hear this song, I think of these crazy kids and it makes me laugh.

Maybe I should just convince you to watch all my favorite shows this way.
I'm not sure if you watch Psych, but you should
Exhibit A:

coincidentally the same vidder that made the Leverage vid lol
Feb. 3rd, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
That story! Yep, this is definitely the best Leverage party post ever.

I would also like you to know that despite having heard Imma Be only once or twice in my life before, I have now listened to it roughly 25 times on repeat. Oof.

I don't watch Psych, but omg, that intro. Best.
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