Open Levinson

Paul Levinson's Open Salon Blog

Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson
New York City, New York, USA
March 25
Fordham University
Paul Levinson's The Silk Code won the 2000 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He has since published Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) - the last three known as the "Sierra Waters trilogy". His science fiction and mystery short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. His eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), New New Media (2009, 2013) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into twelve languages. Paul Levinson has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. His 1972 album, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews the best of television in his blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. Paul Levinson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City


JANUARY 20, 2013 4:22PM

Criminal Minds 8.12: Spencer's Burden

Rate: 1 Flag
An excellent Criminal Minds 8.12 this past week, which prompts my first review of this long-running show in more than a year.

Spencer has had a girlfriend all season - a girlfriend Spencer style.  They almost met in person, but the meeting was left hanging when Spencer was concerned that his girlfriend Maeve's stalker was in on the meet. He thinks he was wrong at the end of that episode, but it turns out that, indirectly at least, he was right.

In 8.12,  Maeve is in fact kidnapped.  To rescue her, Spencer has to tell the BAU team all about his mostly virtual romance - no easy job for Spencer, who keeps his personal feelings and life pretty close to his vest.   Turns out, after some twists and turns, that the kidnapper is a former student of Maeve's - a student with a grievance, brilliant and beautiful.  Diane of course gets the upper-hand on the team for a while, and then-

What makes this episode so good is the unexpected tragic ending.   Spencer risks his life to save Maeve, and we know he's not going to die.  Diane takes her own life with a bullet in the head, and that's sad but not surprising.  But the buller goes through Diane's head and into Maeve's, and presumably kills her.

The room and team are frozen in shock and sorrow.  Spencer will for the most part recover, but he's encountered another breach in a life which just can't seem to bring him love.  All of the team in one way or another have difficulties in their personal lives - comes with the territory - but Spencer's niche and burden continues to be one of the most interesting on television.

See also Criminal Minds 7.1: "The Is Calm and It's Doctor" ... Criminal Minds 7.3: Meets House and The Unit

And see also Criminal Minds in Sixth Season Premiere ... Criminal Minds 6.2: The Meaning of J. J. Leaving ... Criminal Minds 6.3: Proust, Twain, Travanti ... Tyra on Criminal Minds 6.13 ...Criminal Minds 6. 17: Prentiss Farewell Part I ... Criminal Minds 6.18: Farewell Emily ... Criminal Minds 6.19: Fight Club Redux Plus ... Criminal Minds 6.20: Emily's Ghost ... Criminal Minds 6.21: The Tweeting Killer ... Criminal Minds 6.22: Psycho and a Half ... Criminal Minds 6.23: The Good Lie ... Criminal Minds Season 6 Finale

And Criminal Minds 5.22 and the Dark Side of New New Media


Your tags:


Enter the amount, and click "Tip" to submit!
Recipient's email address:
Personal message (optional):

Your email address:


Type your comment below: