Wolfshades

Interesting when we saw Nick doing his "interrogation" - how his skin changed color. I think there's a point beyond which, if Nick is pushed hard enough, he'll transform into something powerful and ugly. Hope they go there soon - I'm anxious to know the limits of his power.

Wolfshades

I went looking for that TV guide interview. Couldn't find it anywhere. Harry Bring - Criminal Minds producer - announced on March 13 that Criminal Minds was being renewed for 23 episodes.

Wolfshades

Where do you get your information? Mine is that there are at least 23 episodes this season (likely 24), not 18.

Wolfshades

Absolutely! I think you've hit on the one reason I truly appreciated this episode. People need to talk about mental illness and get over the stigma that's been attached to it. I knew about PTSD being formerly referred to as "shell shock". I think it's only been within the past few years that it's become known that people other than the military suffer from it. (Or maybe I'm projecting my own growing awareness of it here. Yes, that's quite possible - even likely) : )

Wolfshades

It's possible he knows about the baby, though it seems obvious (from JJ's "discussion" with Tivon) that he has no idea how badly she's being affected. I like that they left it open. That seems true to life to me. I agree with you that she desperately needs help. The question is: does she realize it herself, or will she continue to think she can fight this on her own? (A question that real life people lack the ability to ask themselves)

Wolfshades

I remember that whole thing with Reid's abduction. If I recall correctly, PTSD was not even a term back then - or if it was, it wasn't widely discussed. You're right that Reid's experience made him uniquely qualified to speak with JJ - maybe that was a subconscious decision made by the writer. At any rate, the love these two have for each other was palpable: his inability to be completely coherent when talking with Hotch afterward was touching. Betcha that locker won't ever talk back to JJ again! : )

Wolfshades

You're right, of course. We do need to see how this plays out. JJ's mental health is now open-ended, with no answers yet.

Wolfshades

I appreciate your analysis very much. I had a lot more to say about this episode - but had to limit myself as it was getting too long. That JJ-Askari scene near the end portrayed so many thing so well. It typified what I believe people with depression go through - a dark dance that seems hopeless and unrelenting with no way out. The person suffering from something like this really can't handle it on their own, no matter how hard they may want to try. "Askari"s brutal proclamations echoed so loudly in JJ's ears - I can't believe that she would ever come out of it without outside counselling and help. Which brings us to another point: would she be able to do so, in such a law enforcement role? If she did, would she be terminated or given a desk job?

Wolfshades

True enough. In real life, the moment a gun appears everyone's on high alert, and shouting their lungs out to drop it. And from what I know about cop training (second hand, from what a guy who went through it told me) cops are never trained to shoot to disable, only to kill. They shoot for the center mass, and keep firing until the perp's on the ground.