Picks and Pans Review: Criminal Minds

updated 10/31/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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Looking as if his life had permanently soured after biting into an especially bilious pickle, Mandy Patinkin gives a dourly amusing performance as Jason Gideon, a brilliant FBI behavioral analyst working with a team of profilers. One imagines Gideon, who quotes everyone from Churchill to Rose Kennedy, having hours of grim, thin-lipped fun Googling serial killers. It's not clear how seriously Patinkin takes the whole thing—it's the same actorly mystery that makes David Caruso's whispery bitterness such a kick on CSI: Miami. Minds doesn't bring anything new to the genre, and so far it hasn't exploited Thomas Gibson's damp, intelligent presence as a colleague. But the mysteries have nice touches: A black-headed grosbeak was the tipoff in one episode. Mr. Sour Pickle spotted it.


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