Last night's episode was the starting point for the long-awaited spinoff with Forest Whitaker. My family has been hearing about this episode for months from my sister as they cast the new BAU team, and so we were pretty excited to see the result (which was awesome). If this episode is any indication of the show, it's going to be more action-oriented than the original Criminal Minds which should provide a nice contrast.
Before I get to the recap, here is a word from Erica:
So, every episode of CM takes place in a different "city" (aka, some random area of LA that is meant to LOOK like Idaho, Montana, Florida, etc.). Well, this episode takes place in San Francisco and since it is a special episode, they actually allowed the production to travel up to San Francisco for a few days of shooting. So, the scenes that take place at San Quentin, are ACTUALLY at San Quentin (and those "extras" in the background are real prisoners).
My director was telling me that the inmates at San Quentin are mostly there for the long-term, if not for life. And like all prisons that house bad-ass prisoners, there tend to be fights in the yard. Apparently, if an inmate who is already in for life kills another prisoner in the yard, the only "punishment" they receive is a few weeks in solitary along with their personal belongings taken a way for a period of time.(They're already in for life, you can't exactly add MORE years to their sentence, right?). So, if you can imagine, using those prisoners in the background is a little dicey, but I guess they were all cool with it because get this... THEY ALL WATCH CRIMINAL MINDS AND LOVE IT.
The San Quentin dental program is top-notch.