THE ACTOR Matthew Gray Gubler
THE SHOW | Criminal thoughts
THE EPISODE “Awakening” (January 8, 2020)
THE PERFORMANCE Criminal Minds viewers have known for 15 years that they can rest assured that Gubler will not only stage some highly disturbing episodes, but also deliver compelling performances. So how could you open the farewell run better than with a shop window for the original actor?
In the second half of the double episode premiere, Gubler was involved in two emotionally difficult storylines that shared the theme “The Gift of Time Together”. First, there was JJ’s filming, an encounter with death that made the longtime colleagues struggle. Your previously latent friends love each other – a topic they had obviously ignored since JJ won the final. “I didn’t know how to talk to you about it, so I just stopped talking to you. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do now,” said a wistful spence to an unconscious JJ after the operation. “Well, none of that matters. All that matters is that you wake up and I have more time with you. I can’t imagine my life without you. “When JJ regained consciousness, she repeated the extent of her feelings – words that Spence spoke about according to Gubler’s face. But, added JJ – and as her brilliant friend surely knew – her love for Will and family had to come first, and here MGG registered sad acceptance.
Then Reid was called to his mother’s assisted living facility, where he learned that she was clear. As with JJ, Spence’s brain knew that he couldn’t question the science behind Diana’s temporary “awakening”. And yet his heart did. “You are not a statistic, you are an individual,” he argued, nudging her to think about new studies. He waved my mother away (played by the wonderful Jane Lynch) and grumbled: “I don’t understand why you don’t do this for me!”
When Spencer accepted Diana’s decision to end the awakening, Gubler gave us the most open, vulnerable spence of the night. “I’m afraid of losing you. And that’s not just because I love you,” he said. “It’s because I don’t think I know who I am in this world if I am not yours I’m a son if I don’t protect you. “Likewise, he admitted not knowing how to be in a world in which he can. I hope not for more with JJ. Gubler was as powerful here – as he was before an excellent AJ Cook – no matter how much you invest (or not) in the Reid / JJ professions, you felt the conflict.
HONORABLE MENTION Shortly before Dre’s premature (but incredibly satisfying) death, power gave Rotimi the episode of his career – and Geck nailed it. We knew that actor Dre could portray what he showed as menacing, cold-blooded and relentless when the criminal shook pretty much everyone he knew in a desperate attempt to escape the city. But we very rarely saw his vulnerability, which came to light when Dre’s mother caught him stealing her jewelry. Rotimi made Dre tremble with anger and pain when he was told that he was angry from an early age. Tears ran down his face when it became clear that he never had the care a child deserves. This painful moment, especially in connection with Dre, who sang “Jesus Loves Me” to his own daughter every hour on the hour, showed Rotimi’s versatility: we can’t wait to see what he does next.
HONORABLE MENTION When the Vikings bid farewell to Lagertha after five and a half seasons, Katheryn Winnick permeated the turtle one last time with savagery and forgiveness. In an epic encounter with White Hair, as always, Winnick sold Lagertha’s resilience and warrior skills to herself, delivering blows as brutal as the ones she’d suffered – and ultimately victorious through an innovative attack. Later, after being repeatedly stabbed by a hallucinating Hvitserk, Lagertha recognized the sad state of her stepson and did her best to alleviate any guilt. “It is what the seer predicted,” she said. “I couldn’t save myself. You couldn’t either. “She expected to see Ragnar again in the halls of the gods and noticed with her last breath:” I have lived a full life. I’m not afraid ”- words that describe Lagertha’s legacy well.
HONORABLE MENTION It’s still only January, but we already call it: The Good Place delivered the best TV guest spot of the year this week, and Timothy Olyphant put that signature back on Stetson, a very Raylan Givens-y version of to play yourself. (Judge Gen is a big legitimate fan, do you understand? Janet summoned him to get her attention.) Just looking at Olyphant in this hat was enough to make our TV nerd dreams come true, but he added one sly comic touch Cameo also met Eleanor and Chidi with questions about how their new afterlife system would actually work. It was a real pleasure from start to finish and definitely too short for our taste; Judge Gen’s open gasps when he saw him in the flesh was pretty much our reaction.
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