Sneaking in from the back door is the latest spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Coming as a sequel of the hit TV series, Criminal Minds, a police drama-thriller, about the Behavioral Analysis team, headquartered at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rewind back to Season 5 of Criminal Minds, in the episode titled as ‘The Fight’, where we saw the team head to the city of San Francisco to solve a pending case. They worked with another team from the Behavioral Analysis Department. Remember Forest Whittaker as Sam Cooper, the Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit? Well, he will be reprising his role in the new series. That is one of main factors why this series rakes high on the popularity meter.
Another actor reprising her role from the original series is Kirsten Vangsness, playing the Technical Analyst, Penelope Garcia, the techno savvy character. Playing counter-foil to the bullying boss Sam, is Janeane Garofalo who is keen to play Supervisory Agent Beth Griffith.
One can see the reason behind Janeane’s induction as she will be the yin to Forest’s yang. Sam Cooper may also be shown as suffering from a lung disorder, and the infliction may give his voice a mean roughness, almost like The Batman. Helping out Janeane are Michael Kelly and Beau Garrett as Agent Jonathan Simms and Agent Gina LaSalle.
The basic premise of this show is the same as the original series, which probably means that there will be a lot of people running around, using the term ‘UNSUB’ a lot more. Fans may also get to know more about Agent Simms and his alleged criminal past. It has been indicated that he was convicted for the murder of a child-molester.
In this darker, colder and vindictive spin-off, the Behavioral Analysis Unit is like a well-oiled machine that brings together the isolated, individualistic geniuses to trap the minds, possessed with a criminal bent.