Apparently the TV show “Criminal Minds” set this week’s episode (“Identity“) right here in Great Falls. There’s a Trib piece about one of the crew members, Andrew Ellingson, who is from Great Falls. But some of my co-workers who watched the episode were very disappointed: they said that Great Falls was portrayed as a very small town with a decidedly “militia” bent, which of course only serves to further the stereotype of all Montanans. And they said that the “Great Falls” on the show bore virtually no resemblance to the real Great Falls, in appearance, size, or character.
Which makes me wonder: if the producers wanted to set the episode in a small Montana town, why didn’t they instead choose, say, Dillon, or Lincoln, or Toston, or any place OTHER than the 3rd largest town in the state? If you saw the episode, what did you think?
UPDATE: a Great Falls native (who moved away and then back to Montana) has some thoughts about the episode.