Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: 1×01 – The Harmful One

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For someone who was not keen on the first Criminal Minds spinoff (to put it lightly), you would think that I definitely wouldn’t be looking forward to the second but weirdly enough that isn’t the case.

When “Suspect Behaviour” came along, Criminal Minds was still going strong and there was also all that awful stuff going on with AJ and Paget’s contract that I felt that a spinoff was just unnecessary.  Plus the cast of the spinoff just didn’t work for me.

As to “Beyond Borders”, they absolutely nailed the casting and the characterisation, and whilst I am still faithfully watching Criminal Minds, I’m grateful for something fresh to watch as well.  As soon as I heard they cast Gary Sinise in the lead role, I was definitely going to give the show a try but then they brought on Daniel Henney and Alana De La Garza and I knew this show was going to be great.

I liked the way they gave us hints to Clara Seger’s backstory (dead husband who was also in the FBI?) and how they worked the case into being the trigger for her to rejoin the FBI.  I can’t wait to find out more about her and the rest of the team’s personal lives.

Casewise, it was nothing special but was interesting enough to hold my attention.

The only negative thing is that the Green Screen and the stock footage is a little icky.  When they built sets to film on, it’s believable enough but as someone who focuses in on the details, I can tell I’m going to have to stretch my imagination to the limit to believe that they’re in the locations they say they are.

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