‘Criminal Minds’ season 11, episode 3 review: Is Tara’s engagement on the rocks?


criminal mindsLast week’s episode of “Criminal Minds” season 11 was all about the case of the week, and while we love these episodes because they give fans a chance to just jump into this show without missing a beat, we’ve been hoping to learn a bit more about Aisha Tyler’s new character of Tara. We are going into the third episode now and we don’t really know a lot about her. Is the show a little gun-shy jumping into her personal life after Jennifer Love Hewitt had so much back story and even a main storyline about her niece getting kidnapped only to leave the show?

Tonight’s “Criminal Minds” episode brought us a case of the week that was all about marriage, but not in the happy way that marriages are normally supposed to be. The brides to be are turning up dead during their bachelorette parties, which is a very disturbing and sad concept on what is supposed to be a brand new and exciting chapter of their lives. The team was originally looking for jilted, angry men, but it turned out to be a woman who is having a delusional relationship in her head with a man named Ryan that tells her to kill these women. When the unsubs obsession asks her sister to marry him instead of her, the target changes from random brides to her sister.

As for any background story for Dr. Tara, there is a man in her life named Douglas (her fiance) that keeps calling her, but she is ignoring his calls. Morgan asks Tara why she isn’t wearing her engagement ring after noticing the indentation of a removed ring on her finger, but she doesn’t get to far into her problems with her fiance, just that the relationship has it’s challenges. She later puts her ring back on, but says that the job makes things complicated for them somtimes. There was a fun moment on the plane when the team teased Morgan about getting married – something we would love to see happen!

It was nice to get a bit more of a look at Tara tonight as well as a really interesting case of the week. We are a sucker for anything to do with weddings (really we are just a sucker for love), so this was an interesting way to incorporate weddings and crime. Episode grade: B

What did you think of this week’s episode of “Criminal Minds” season 11? Leave us a comment below and tell us if you think Aisha Tyler’s Tara is fitting in with the team. If you are looking for more news on the show, then head on over to the link here where you can read more reviews and scoop on the show. Also, if you want more great TV news sent to your inbox then be sure to sign up for our weekly CarterMatt newsletter. (Photo: CBS)


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