Over on Reddit, user ChocolateTeapot003 posted the above photo, stating that this was the “Best version of the team!!!” and adding in the comments that they didn’t think it was the same without Prentiss (who left after season 7 but later returned). Although in the past, fans haven’t been able to agree on Prentiss, most commentators in this thread agreed with the above team being the best version of the BAU.
User wendz1980 summed it up with a simple: “Without a doubt!” Another user, kitten451, proclaimed this to be the show’s “golden age.”
The biggest point of contention, however, seems to be over Gideon and Rossi, which has been a recurring debate among fans. User lukcypher felt that Gideon sometimes hogged the investigation, pushing others to be side characters, while user TheJadedJester disagreed and was very pro-Gideon, anti-Rossi. They replied, “See I felt that way about Rossi, not Gideon. I always felt Gideon was always teaching and helping the rest of the team, albeit subtly.” For TheJadedJester, Rossi ruined the show and they never grew to like him.
In the middle was user iracethesunhome, who said, “Those few episodes after Gideon leaves / before Rossi joins are my absolute fave.”
However, one common thread was that no one piped in to say that any particular team compositions following the “golden age” team were better. There’s a sense of sad nostalgia, as the fans wish they could have kept this cast for the rest of the show. At the very least, they can binge-watch only their favorite episodes now, as the show is available for streaming on Netflix.