Prison Minds: Evolution – Gold Star | Contagion – Overview: Uhh.. Alvez, You Alright?

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Alright individuals, seize some popcorn and a cushty seat as a result of this season is about to get actual and I’ve acquired a number of issues to say. Prison Minds: Evolution is again with again to again episodes for the premiere. The primary episode, “Gold Star”, begins two weeks after the occasions of final season’s finale. A person known as Bertoli walks right into a police station holding a limp, lifeless girl, is roofed in blood, and sobbing. On the instantaneous realization of who simply walked in, weapons are instantly drawn – why? They appear to know this man and he’s clearly in want of assist, why are weapons drawn? A detailed up of the physique reveals that this girl was not solely shot, however her eyes had been lacking. I BEG YOUR PARDON!?!?!

“Gold Star” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Zeke Alton as Don Bertoli and Coronary heart Hayes as Gwen Bertoli Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

Now I’m awake and scared, however we proceed on. As the boys study the photographs of this lifeless girl (with lacking eyes – YIKES!), they are saying they’ve by no means seen something like this to which a voice responds “I have” and it’s Emily Prentiss. She has the boys verify her suspicions as she goes into element concerning the gun’s bullet having a signature five-point star etched on to it. This, we come to seek out, is the signature of a serial killer, the individual truly accountable for killing this girl and never the blood-soiled man, Don Bertoli, who’s presently sitting in interrogation. See, I knew that man didn’t do it, however now this new info has me pondering, who’s “Gold Star”?

Penelope Garcia’s birthday celebration was cute; they had been taking part in some model of “Cards Against Humanity” I’ve by no means seen, nevertheless, my focus was on David and the way as he was leaving he tried to brush off what occurred to him; his abduction by Elias Voit, a serial killer. He goes into his automotive and listens to the radio and so they point out Deputy Director Bailey’s loss of life, and – JUMPSCARE – Elias pops up. This occurs a number of occasions all through the episode and it makes me marvel what this might imply. Is he out of the blue doubting himself as a result of Elias was in a position to kidnap him? He says he’s able to get again to work and I don’t see how he has his colleagues fooled as a result of, no sir, you might be visibly not prepared.

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“Gold Star” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED:  Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Aisha Tyler as Dr. Tara Lewis, Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi and A.J. Prepare dinner as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

We’re again within the interrogation room with Don and he’s not talking. The person remains to be so shaken up after what occurred along with his spouse and will you blame him? Prentiss must preserve the staff updated so she meets with Tara Lewis and tells her what she finds out about “Gold Star”. Now my thoughts is pondering, what’s the reference to Bailey? and the items of the puzzle begin to create the image: Prentiss tells Lewis a few earlier job drive she’s labored on much like the “Gold Star” M.O. main each her and Lewis to consider that he’s not solely authorities skilled, however has strayed, is on a private mission of his personal, and his assaults are emotion pushed. Have you ever ever encountered somebody on a private vendetta? By no means ends nicely for these on the receiving finish.

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“Gold Star” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED:  Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Ryan-James Hatanaka as Tyler Inexperienced, A.J. Prepare dinner as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.


We lastly get that scene from final season’s finale and we see who walked in to talk with Elias and why. Director Ray Madison is revealed as the one that met up with Elias and it’s precisely what we thought; he’s there to learn the way a lot Elias is aware of concerning the authorities investigation code named “Gold Star”. I don’t know, this serial killer having all this management over the DOJ isn’t sitting too proper with me. To make a take care of the satan, or on this case, a particularly sociopathic serial killer, this should go fairly deep inside the DOJ. What the heck are they hiding? The staff, with out the help of the DOJ, begins to profile “Gold Star” and the race begins to seek out his id earlier than Elias is granted his deal from Director Madison. Effectively, that is quick lived and by the top of the episode the BAU is pressured to work with Elias to seek out out who “Gold Star” is. What may probably go flawed?

The second episode of the evening, “Contagion” is the place issues begin to get actual for the staff. Working with Elias was proving to be tough. Their hope was to have him get him to speak in order that he may implicate himself and Elias is not letting up. JJ and Alvez provide you with the plan use Elias’ household (and the truth that they need nothing to do with him) as a technique to probably get by to him. I believed this plan was fascinating as a result of this man was keen to kill his spouse to get away (thank God he was out of bullets). Did they actually assume this was going to work on a sociopath?

Rossi and Prentiss comply with a lead on what may doubtlessly be one other “Gold Star” homicide. Rossi remains to be seeing Elias in his unconscious, however right here, I ponder what brings it on. Beforehand I believed this may very well be Rossi processing the kidnapping, and hell, it nonetheless may very well be, however right here Elias is telling him he ought to belief his intestine and that the individual they’re presently chasing is not “Gold Star”. Regardless of Rossi being the one to see individuals who aren’t there, Prentiss is the one shedding it on this case. I’m so glad Rossi known as her out on it as a result of, Prentiss, actually? Let’s not get messy with this one.

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“Contagion” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Joe Mantegna as David Rossi and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

Now guys, deep in my coronary heart I knew this wasn’t “Gold Star”. There was no method it may very well be that simple (proper?) however, the best way Elias’ phrases play out with the scene of Rossi, Prentiss, and staff following a lead of who they believed to be him, it appeared like they may’ve discovered their man. There is a standoff till the suspect strikes to kill his sufferer however is killed earlier than he may. I am sure I ended respiratory for that whole scene as a result of WOW. So, did we actually catch “Gold Star”? NOPE! Penelope calls to verify that there isn’t a method Aiden, the suspect killed, may very well be him as a result of he was voluntarily dedicated in a psychological establishment and solely simply acquired out. Improper serial killer right here.

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“Contagion” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez and Zach Gilford as Elias Voit in Prison Minds: Evolution Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

The ultimate scene of this episode (dramatic pause, deep sigh), wow. It appeared like one thing flipped in Alvez; he disregarded JJ’s recommendation to not go close to Elias. “What am I missing?” he asks to Elias to which he says he has a secret that he’ll whisper and it is as much as Alvez to consider it or not. We do not hear what he says however judging by Alvez’s response, it was BIG. What the hell did he say to Alvez? There isn’t any method that was the top of the episode proper? RIGHT?!

I wish to hear for you – what did you consider the two-episode season premiere of Prison Minds: Evolution? Share your ideas within the remark part beneath or let’s chat about it on X/Twitter – @chenfordhugs.

Valerie LaRoche

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Hey! I am Val. I am a author, actress, photographer, and producer from New York. I take pleasure in going to the bookstore, the fitness center, and for walks within the park. If I am not doing any of these issues, I am residence learning movie and tv.

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