Monday, 10 May 2021


Describing hidden-in-plain-sight messages as "Easter eggs" dates all the way back to 1980, when Steve Wright, Atari's director of software development at the time, first used the term in that context (via Huffpost). Fans of comic book movies from studios like DC and Marvel spend hours watching and re-watching the films to compile a list of Easter eggs.

Viewers search each inch of the screen. Some viewers have found an interesting Easter egg in CBS' dark drama "Criminal Minds" – one that links a major character to The Beatles.   














Joe Mantegna joined the cast of "Criminal Minds" as David Rossi, who was brought in to head the Behavioral Analysis Unit after the departure of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) in Season 3. Rossi is introduced as a frequently divorced, Vietnam veteran who had retired from the FBI to pursue a lucrative career as a novelist. Decorations in his office include photos from his service as well as the medals and commendations he earned. There is, however, another photograph in his office that Easter egg hunters spotted, one that stands out from the others: a picture of Rossi and Ringo Starr.

It would be easy to dismiss the photo as a fake, a prop created only for the series, but the photograph is very real. The thing is, it's not real in the sense that Rossi met Ringo in the "Criminal Minds" canon and the character keeps the photo framed on his desk; the photo is from real life. According to Screen Rant, Mantegna and Ringo met at the Grammys years ago and struck up a lasting friendship, so the photo on Rossi's desk is an Easter egg shout-out to Mantegna's real-life friendship with Ringo.

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