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Fine start last night to this new spinoff crime drama starring Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, and Michael Kelly, with Kirsten Vangsness in a crossover role as computer whiz Penelope Garcia.

The mood and tone for this series is decidedly different than that of the original series, Criminal Minds.   The cast of the original series relate to each other onscreen in a much more formal and reserved way than does the Suspect Behavior cast.  Even the photography in the original is usually crisp and sharp, and you are always conscious of the fact that this is a workplace setting, with a strict hierarchy.  The characters care for each other, but the feelings are always just below the surface.

In contrast, in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior , the group seems to be much more emotional and informal in their behavior and interactions with each other, and they show their affection by hugging and clowning around in one scene.   I don’t ever remember seeing that show of cameraderie in the original.  I could be wrong, but it even appeared that a lot of the scenes were shot with a diffuser lens, to give a different, softer feel to the production.

But the story was interesting and well-done, though somewhat predictable, and it was overall a very good effort.  Your comments are welcome, of course, pro or con.

If you missed the premiere episode, you can watch it online on their website:  http://www.cbs.com/primetime/criminal_minds_suspect_behavior/

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