Joe Mantegna is one of the great actors in show business. Whatever the medium or the genre, he always delivers an outstanding performance. On television, he’s best known as Special Agent David Ross…
“It’s a two hour episode,” the actor said of Wednesday’s final installment. “It’s like a little movie in a way. We’re able to pull out all stops and devote our energy, our finances and all that for two separate episodes into one, which I think it makes it more exciting. We get some time to explore this thing. We’re able to give a proper end to our season. I think it’ll be very satisfying.”
One of the things the season finale does is put a period on the mystery of “The Replicator,” the Unsub that’s been stalking the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team throughout this cycle. It’s the latest recurring-villain plot for Criminal Minds, and Mantegna told us, “I think we’ve done a good job of kind of playing both sides of that street. We’re certainly not like a soap opera, where it’s continual story that you kind of have to tap in every week.
“For the most part, probably 80 percent if not more of what we do are stand-alone episodes and I think that’s a good thing. That’s what really happens in life and in a situation with a unit like this. There’s a crime, there’s killers that have to be apprehended, and you find them. But there are instances where things go on. I think it’s a balance. I think the reason I like it is if you catch the show in reruns, people can just tune in and still get a pretty good idea what the show’s about.”
Looking back on season eight, the actor singled out the episode “The Fallen,” which delved into Rossi’s past in the United States Marine Corps, as his point of pride. “It’s an episode I’d been pushing for for two years,” he explained. “I personally have a strong support for our US military and I thought it’d be nice if we could incorporate a storyline that deals with it. The episode was co-written by my assistant Dan [Ramm] and Rick Dunkle, and I was so happy for that episode.”
[this is to replace the chat that had major technical difficulties at it’s original scheduled time after the ep airing]
Chat Transcript - November, 15 2012 - Episode # 807, “The Fallen”
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