Criminal Minds is rife with stereotypical roles, as are many shows. There’s Jason Gideon, the reserved father figure and top profiler, Aaron Hotchner, the straight-laced agent, Elle Greenaway, the token female, Derek Morgan, the token person of color and Dr. Spencer Reid, the misunderstood genius. Joining the team are two other key players – Jennifer Jareau, who acts as liasion and fields the press and Penelope Garcia, the tech geek who works her magic behind the scenes.
In a field I would imagine is still a male-dominated, the women on Criminal Minds hold their own. Elle is smart, strong and determined – her being female isn’t particularly relevant. Jennifer (JJ) is very skilled at what she does, and would be even if she wasn’t blonde, blue-eyed and cute. Garcia kicks ass at what she does, knows it and is not afraid of showing it.
I hardly ever feel as though the shows PTB try to remind us that these are female characters. They are all undoubtedly feminine, but they are played as…FBI agents who know their stuff. I find it wholly refreshing, and I hope they can keep it up.