The Family Dynamics of CRIMINAL MINDS
Last Labor Day weekend, when I still had cable TV, as I was channel surfing Sunday afternoon, I ran across a marathon of Criminal Minds episodes. What made me stop was the almost unbearable hotness of Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner). It took me a while to figure out the team dynamics, as the marathon was of season three or four, but I quickly grew to love the main characters and the small glimpses the fabulous actors gave us into the characters’ internal lives as well as their relationships with each other. Since then, I’ve acquired the first six seasons on DVD (yay for coupons and gift certificates!!!); and when I’m doing something around the house and need something to keep me company, I’ll pull out a disc and let an episode or two run while ironing or folding laundry, doing dishes or cleaning out the fridge. For me, the cases are almost unnecessary, except for what they bring out in the stories of the main characters.
As I’ve watched this show, I’ve come to recognize the characters as fitting into familial roles, which is probably what not only makes the show continue to be popular but also keep rolling seven years later.