I hate hearing people say that they hate how certain characters, especially JJ, have “changed”. They are playing real people on the show. In life, people change. I’m glad all of the Criminal Minds characters have changed over time. It’s nice to see they’re like real people and not static characters.
Well, while I understand that it bothers the person who posted this confession, I have to disagree to an extent.
Yes, people do change, but they generally don’t become entirely different people in a short amount of time. AJ and the writers admitted that JJ is a completely different character than she used to be. She’s basically got the same name and actress, but has a different personality, skillset, attitude, etc.
I’ve never seen someone change personalities entirely in one year. These changes tend to happen gradually. There are times when something happens to someone that effects a change, but it generally doesn’t change who they are at their core— and that is what happened to JJ.
The powers that be just decided that the old character wasn’t good enough and wrote a new one that they think is better, but that to me is much more shallow and much less “real” than the original JJ. It’s like taking a nonpowered superhero in the comic books, changing their attitude/behavior entirely, and then giving them superpowers. They have made her less interesting and less relatable, IMO.
It really is sad because I was one of the ones who rallied to get JJ/AJ back, but I did so wanting the JJ that I had come to like back. This new JJ is too hokey and fake to me.
It must be good to be the director to get hugs. :P
JK. That was probably scripted.
Can Reid get any more adorable!!
Oh, come on! They’re just doing it on purpose…
I know some JJ/Reid fans will like the top picture.
Matthew really likes kids and babies so I bet he enjoyed that scene.
Criminal Minds 9.05 “Route 66” - Behind The Scenes Photo [x]
Matthew sure has been wearing shorts a lot lately. Good for him.
I admit that it bugged me that he said “gone forever” considering he knows that stuff can be stored elsewhere and retrieved. they have dealt with that in the past. It was one of the few weak spots in the episode for me.
Your body language says otherwise, JJ. And Spencer knows you’re worried but he’s worried about you being worried, so let him help you.
I loved how you could tell from Reid’s face that he didn’t buy it. You could see him mentally saying “bullshit” but having enough respect for her that he wasn’t going to push the issue. He doesn’t like it when people pry into his personal life so he’s giving her some space.
Also, nice “tell” from JJ with the hand movement.
I just hope that whatever this is leading to doesn’t end up being totally stupid.
“Old JJ, before she went away in season 7, was not me at all. She was much more quiet and nurturing, and kind of timid. But when she went away, I decided to put a little more of me into her, because let’s face it, we all change, we all grow up. I look back at the first episode, and I look…
Exactly! We fought to get “our” JJ back. We wanted her back because we liked JJ the way she was. I agree that people do change and grow, but for her to become a completely “different character”— by admission of AJ— in one year is not growth; it is lazy writing. The writers couldn’t figure out what to do with old JJ and AJ seemingly didn’t like old JJ. That is sad because I really loved old JJ and they took away the things I loved about her. Old JJ was sassy and sarcastic to an extent- but she was that way with reporters and outsiders. Sure she pranked Reid and Morgan before, but that was hilarious and she didn’t do it in a rude way. She had an inner strength and maybe she didn’t snap at people all the time or roll her eyes as much, but she was still strong.
She came back with this attitude that was just alien. I’m sure that AJ Cook is a very sweet woman and the cast & crew adore her, but I don’t like the bits of AJ that she is putting in to JJ because it seems to have taken away the more endearing traits.
I always think it is a mistake when the writers change a character to be more like the actor/actress. I mean, in some ways that seems like laziness on the part of the performer to be playing themselves. And sometimes the personality change just doesn’t make sense.
Even when Matthew had the writers infuse more of his quirks and such in to Reid, I disagreed with the decision (such as making Reid a technophobe all of a sudden).
Certain changes just do not make sense, and to completely change a character’s personality is insulting to the fans and to the original character.
To be honest, if I had known that CBS was going to bring JJ back as a completely different character, I would not have pushed to get her back. I mean, really, we didn’t get JJ back. We just got a new character with the same actress.
Scenes from EP9x04… Downtown LA standing in for Dallas, Shemar, AJ and Director Bethany Rooney!
2x19 Ashes and Dust
I believe this was after Reid stopped using drugs, but I sort of wondered that if he was using burns as an excuse to dig through the first aid kit and find something that he could use as a substitute for Dilaudid. Or maybe he just klutzed out and burned himself.
I don’t quite get how being uncoordinated would make anyone less of a genius though.
@Vangsness: We do not have any fun ever.
Tari, I think you’ll like this one!
Behind the scenes of “The Replicator”.
I’m going to pretend the team are rejoicing the demise of the wicked witch (Ok, I liked Strauss but she was cooler as an antagonist).
AJ Cook (@ajcookofficial) : “@Vangsness: @pagetpaget @ajcookofficial Release the Kraken.