Stupid Comments Made About Criminal Minds Final Season (and what’s true)

Do you ever read the comments people (and fans) leave after an article written about one of your favorite shows?

I was just reading an article about Criminal Minds‘ Final Season (CBS). It was on the website Deadline. It was written in January of 2019. It was mostly accurate. What’s really bad and deserved follow-up is the stupid comments made about the article by the fans who read the article and the misinformation that’s left behind.


The cast of Criminal Minds celebrates its 300th episode.

The author mentions that Season 15 might bring back former cast members and talks about some of them that departed over the years. She lists Mandy Patinkin, who they kill off in Season 10, Episode 13 (“Nelson’s Sparrow”). It’s one of the best episodes, co-written by Kirsten Vangsness and actually depicts how the BAU started with Gideon and Rossi. The killer of Patinkin is from one of their first cases.

Some of the commentors latch on to this and make stupid remarks about “what are they going to claim he really didn’t die and he’s been in witness protection the whole time.”

The writer also mentions Thomas Gibson, who personally, I loved. I was sorry when he left the show two episodes into Season 12. The comments, again, had him kicking a “writer” when actually, he was fired following a two-week suspension for a physical altercation with writer/producer Virgil Williams. It wasn’t his first time he had problems with the filmmaking side of the staff. If you remember, he was absent before in Season 11 for an episode. He apparently had to attend mandatory counseling for a similar problem.


Thomas Gibson as Hotch

And some people claim it’s their favorite show, but aren’t up on the details! Here are some FACTS you should make yourself familiar with: Hotch is no longer in witness protection (many, many people assume he still is), Edward Allen Bernero was NEVER a writer, Andrew Wilder was fired for cause because he was abusing pain medication, you can read the entire interview here (, he even says “He’d fire himself” , Kirsten Vangsness co-wrote Episode 18/Season 11 “A Beautiful Disaster” which was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, Virgil Williams wrote the Episode 19/Season 11 called “Tribute” which was Derek’s good-bye and Breen Frazier wrote Episode 16/Season 11 called “Derek” directed by Thomas Gibson.

Remember the episode about the young boy who tracked down Reed because he had visions of killing prostitutes – that was Episode 11/Season 2 entitled “Sex, Birth, Death.” His name was Anton Yelchin. He played Chekov in the Star Trek movies. He died June 19, 2016 in a freak car accident. He was only 27 and a promising and gifted actor. It made me very sad.

So next time you, as a fan, want to toss out a comment about your “favorite” show, please do a little research first. Go to wikipedia and read some facts about it. But please don’t rely on what’s bouncing around in that head of yours. It’s really embarrassing to real fans of Criminal Minds.

Criminal Minds – Derek – Stars Danny Glover

The latest episode of Criminal Minds is a study in mind control and how in the face of adversity, you can use disassociation to “save” yourself.


“Derek” — When Morgan is abducted, the BAU scrambles to find him and save his life. Legendary actor Danny Glover guest stars as Morgan’s father, Hank. Credit: Trae Patton/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

At the end of the previous episode, Derek Morgan is kidnapped just as he reaches home. He’s on the phone with his girlfriend, Savannah, and she’s about to tell him some good news when he is attacked.

Derek, the episode which aired Wednesday, March 2, picks up with Derek being unloaded from crates, and strapped to beams via cables. A team of six men in an isolated location stands by taking orders from a man leading the show.

When the leader orders them to “wake him,” they realize Derek is awake but is disassociating himself from the pain that is about to be inflicted on him. After two similar dreams, one involving children, the other involving the team, but ending with Danny Glover sitting in his dining room, Derek’s torture begins with some body shots and his conversation with Danny Glover begins in earnest.

He needs a hint to find out who he is, discovers it’s his Dad, and with the encouragement of his Dad, begins a cognitive interview on himself to discover who and why he’s in this predicament and how he’s going to get out of it.

His next torture is nasty – some kind of flammable gel is applied down the center of his chest and lit, and when that doesn’t phase him to the delight of the leader he orders Derek to be stripped. They cut him loose and as he falls to the ground and his shirt is cut off, Derek makes his break, grabbing one of the guys as a shield and begins shooting at the rest, killing and/or wounding all of them.

Meanwhile Garcia and JJ take Savannah home to pack a bag and do some cyber scouting and Garcia discovers an Intranet in their wireless router. It opens up a page about the CIA which causes JJ to get on the phone immediately to a contact of hers.

While searching for a cell phone on one of the six, now assumed dead, Derek finds one, but it displays “No Signal.” He finds an interesting tattoo and discovers the leader is still alive and encourages him to talk, but all he does is mutter name and serial number gibberish. He realizes he isolated and has no way of contacting anyone to help him.

He and his Dad are now standing next to a body of water, and Derek asks him “why are here?” His father says, “you created this space in your head when you were 15.” “I don’t want to talk about what happened when I was 15,” Derek tells him. Dad tells him he’s very proud of him, which floors Derek. “Proud!” “Yes, Derek,” his Dad says, “Proud you turned your pain into your greatest asset.”

Soon Penelope shows up in his dissassociated state, teetering around in heels among the grass and dirt with a furry halo wired to her, appealing to Derek for help so she can do something to find him. Nothing comes to him immediately, but he remembers the tattoo and in the real world, JJ has returned to headquarters with a picture of a six man team that hires itself out to the highest bidder. Hotch tells Garcia to focus in on the tattoo and they have a clue.

Is this a Walking Dead episode?!?…. no but Derek has heard one of the survivors talking on a satellite phone and when he tries to get it away from him the guy swallows the sim card and Derek’s only option is to gut the guy with a knife and get the card …. which he does. When he gets the phone working it says “enter password” and he proceeds to throw a temper tantrum and just like our friend Garcia his Dad says “let me know when you’re done throwing your temper tantrum” and continues smoking his cigar.

Derek calms himself and says, “okay Dad. Hey is that a Dominican? At work we had this Day of the Dead thing and I left it for you,” and Danny Glover takes a puff and says, “well, I got it.”

Still he’s really stressed as he plays with the phone, his only chance and his fear takes over and briefly they show the aftermath of his death … his photo up on the FBI wall, his team solemnly standing in front of it. As he continues to play with the phone he finds the redial screen and with his Dad talking him through it, he redials the first number ….

Which gets Garcia incredibly excited hoping someone answers it, and someone does, sending everything into motion …. Morgan talking to the man who had him kidnapped, the team heading out to rescue him on helicopters, Garcia going to tell Savannah they know where he is and they’re going to get him.

So the guy shows up and tries to finish the job. Kicks Derek down, takes the knife away and stabs him in the hand. Derek is calling to his Dad, wondering where he is, and Derek plays a little possum so Reed can sneak in the front door and shoot the guy.

But it doesn’t end there. Derek is rescued. So go check OnDemand and watch it for yourself. You’ll really enjoy Danny Glover’s performance as Derek Morgan’s dad.

Thomas Gibson (Hotch) directs this episode.