Criminal Minds: Evolution: Joe Mantegna opens up on Rossi/Garcia fight

In the middle of the first episode of Criminal Minds: Evolutionmakes it clear that the follow-up series to Paramount+ won’t shy away from moments that aren’t 100 percent bright and happy for members of the BAU.

Take the scene where former team member Penelope Garcia (played by Kirsten Vangsness) videoconferences with department head David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) from his home and challenges his theory that the person kidnapping a young girl has, after butchering her parents, is in her 30s or older.

Rossi asserts himself aggressively and pokes fun at Garcia’s own highly skilled POV that the unsub is a teenager or a mayyyybe in his early 20’s.

“You don’t know what it took to dive back in,” Penelope tells David. “I want to help and I will. But nobody talks to me like that anymore. Especially not people I love. So… goodbye.” And what that, she ended the conversation abruptly.

Tension between the two resumed in episode 2 when Garcia and Rossi came face to face with her and she urged the year-old widower to seek therapy and stop going it alone. The mood cooled in turn, and Garcia returned to her monitor bench in the BAU for that one last big case.

TVLine spoke to Joe Mantegna about Rossi barking at/rejecting Garcia’s opinion and then addressing the clearly difficult subject of Krystall’s death – a workplace conflict certainly would have been glossed over in the CBS version of criminal thoughts.

“That calls for acting, boy,” Mantegna remarked, “because first of all, I couldn’t love anyone more than Kirsten. When you talk about people you work with being “family,” that’s an example is.”

Nonetheless, this darker, streaming incarnation of criminal thoughts Mantegna and Vangsness presented a moment where we have to tap into something else to show that aspect of our relationship on screen, but that’s what [acting] is all about,” Mantegna said. “And that comes through too, these people, they do loving each other—whether they’re in their own family or not—will have those moments when things get really bad. can you get over it and do can you get over it Hopefully you can and should.”

Both Mantegna and Vangsness shared with TVLine their appreciation for this uncharacteristically prickly exchange between their characters, which is emblematic of how evolution Overall, it was an opportunity to meet these familiar agents in new and different ways and in scenes that can breathe.

“I feel blessed to work with this quality of actors, writers and producers… all the way down to the extras,” enthused Mantegna. “Everyone on our show takes it very seriously because they know we’re doing something that’s hopefully a little better than average.” Criminal Minds: Evolution: Joe Mantegna opens up on Rossi/Garcia fight

Lindsay Lowe

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