Thursday, July 5, 2012

Angst Initiate: Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds

Oh, Spencer Reid. More hairstyles than Lady Gaga, more knowledge than Ken Jennings, and more angsty issues than you can shake a stick at. He's going to be a fun addition to The Angst Report. 

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Five Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Five
Remember that episode where Reid is taken hostage? Ha! Trick question. Reid is taken hostage roughly four billion times over the course of the seven seasons of Criminal Minds. I doubt there's another actor on network tv who has had to spend as much time with his hands in the air.

 Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season One Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season One
There are lots of things to love about Reid before any of the angsty stuff happens/is revealed. From the beginning, he's physically the weakest member of the team. The smallest and the youngest, it's interesting the way Reid acknowledges and accepts his beta male status. He often finds ways to use it to his advantage. He knows he's not outwardly threatening, so whether it be talking to unsubs or victims the team doesn't want to intimidate or waiting for criminals to underestimate his abilities to manipulate the situation in other ways, Reid manages to transfrom his potential weaknesses into strengths.

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Two Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Two
Obviously, Reid also has a lot of awesome qualities. They don't put just anyone on The BAU. Reid is a super genius with an eidetic memory. So he can read a bazillion words per minute, has perfect recall (which comes in handy when recording devices aren't around), and he's also really sweet. The sweetness wasn't necessarily part of why he was hired by The FBI. But, you know, I dig it.

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six
And the hair. Oh, the hair! Such fun. I'm a lover of hair in general. Granted, when it's short, he looks far more like the dapper fashion model Matthew Gray Gubler occasionally is but I've come to love all the crazy dos.

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six
From the George McFly:

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season one Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season one
To the Jesus do:

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Five Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Five
I'll be the first to admit, I tend to lean pretty heavily toward serialized television shows. Procedurals have never been my bag. And law-mystery-crime procedurals weren't even in my bag store. Cops who make glib comments about dead bodies, crime scene investigators who do SO MUCH MORE than just investigate the freakin crime scene, and idiot detectives who take sixty minutes to ask some pretty obvious questions - it's always driven me crazy. I like season long arcs and cliffhangers and frankly... young people. But Criminal Minds - especially the earliest seasons - has proven to be an exception to all of those things. And all of the characters, not just Reid, are pretty damn awesome. (Except Elle Greenaway. SO glad they realized their mistake there...)

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six
Reid has lots of fun episodes to discuss, and I plan to delve in to his major arcs one by one. There's addiction! Family drama! Medical and/or psychological issues! Physical torture!

Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds Season Six
Welcome to The Angst Report, Dr. Spencer Reid. Can I call you Spence?

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