Normally, I would decry the short, disjointed therapy sessions as trite and insignificant ways to portray the grieving process of the team members, especially when the case dominates the episode. But the writers link the two, having the team members express their feelings much in the way the unsub does, mitigating lots of problems with the episode. Still, I feel that the therapy sessions should have taken precedence over anything else, given the nature of what happened, and it was cheapened.
And part of that is because Kelli Williams does such a great job at making us feel bad for her while she’s gunning down people. Certainly, she has to be stopped, but we see each reveal cut across her, and it’s heartbreaking. Compared to the therapy, it was a lot of emotional and relatable.
Tags: Criminal Minds