As much as some folks want more between Dr. Spencer Reid and the killer Cat Adams, not all Criminal Minds fans feel the same. Redditer wakatoshikun asked why people ship the two characters, stating they felt “there wasn’t any tension” between them and that “it just felt forced.” Responses to the query were varied. There’s certainly no question that the relationship between them is “complicated” — though sadistic, torturous, and destructive may be a better description.
And yet, of the responding comments, only one user seemed to have a problem with that. “How could anyone ship them,” Jmoney112233 asked. “She literally killed a bunch of people, kidnapped his mother, framed him, and put him in prison… like what?”
But most commenters found the relationship intriguing because the actors have such great chemistry. Matthew Gray Gubler and Aubrey Plaza are friends in real life, and their sparkling rapport instantly showed on screen. As Superb_Lime_1734 said on Reddit, “the hype comes from the actors … people ship them and in turn ship Cat and Spencer.”
However, chemistry alone wasn’t enough for some fans. One user felt Cat would have been more effective as a one-off unsub rather than appearing in multiple episodes, while others didn’t like the storyline at all. Doesntmattertomee found it “forced and boring,” calling it their “least favourite plot in the show.” And some users simply want Reid to be happy, believing that he deserves better than a sadistic killer bringing toxicity into his life. Don’t we all.