- Little Hotch Moment: 9.10 The Caller
I know this is inconsistent with my previous episode post (dialogues lack personality in this episode), but whenever I can get some information about Hotch I’d get it. So this is my thought from the scene.
When I first watched this scene, I felt Hotch’s dialogue was a bit off for him and felt more like Reid’s dialogue. But then I remember in “Revelation”, Hotch immediately noticed Reid’s Genesis 23:4 verse was wrong. He remembered random bible verse enough to notice it was wrong or right. I think its continuity here. That he recited verse from Exodus thinking about the connection from the crime scene. And this made me think about Hotch’s childhood. I never thought and still don’t think Hotch is a religious person. Several episode when the team talking about death and afterlife and evil throughout the series made me believe he is not a religious person and his thought of life and death and human are very realistic he sees what he sees and doesn’t add special effect like God and Satan and Heaven and Hell in it (that’s why I analyzed the dream of Route 66 the way I did. I don’t think Hotch thinks he actually talked to Haley the person in his dream and he knows all of the dream is from his own mind - which is confirmed with TG’s interview). So then I thought about why he knows bible verse so well and I thought maybe his parents were Christians and he went church every Sunday when he was young. And then, I realized, WE REALLY DON’T KNOW ALMOST ANYTHING ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD!! We know he met Haley in high school. We know he was sent to boarding school at some point because he was “screw up”. We know his dad died when he was maybe teenage? But we don’t know his mother is alive or not (I assume she’s dead?). We don’t even know for sure what he thinks about his parents. How he was raised. And we also don’t know what kind of lawyer he was. What kind of sports did he play or not during high school or college. How he was in law school. We really don’t know why he is who he is. I mean, it’s almost to the point of crazy that amount of things we don’t know, after 8 and a half years.
I really want season 10 to be Hotch’s season and reveal his past, from childhood to during lawyer years and how he ended up to BAU, piece by piece throughout the season. I know it’s one Hotch-fan’s crazy dream but I mean…!!!
Side note: About the scene of “Revelation”. It’s interesting that while everybody else was all “OMG, he chose Hotch” and frozen, Hotch was the only one who concentrated on what Reid was saying and trying to figure out Reid’s message (and he’s the only one who thought -believe in- Reid was not in panic and cohered enough to send message).