****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for episodes 5-11 of Criminal Minds season 11. If you haven’t watched those episode, STOP READING****
So, obviously I fell behind on, well, everything. I meant to get caught up on everything over Christmas so I could come back and start reviewing from the mid-season premiers again, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, I decided to give a brief review/recap of all the episodes I missed and then start fresh from the mid-season premier with proper reviews.
Episode 5: “The Night Watch”
This one was just… sad. At first it starts off really gruesome with people being used in graffiti art. However, as with many of the episodes this season, episode five ends on a sad note when you find out the unsub is a man who lost his son and blames his wife (an infamous street artist) for what happened.
Episode 6: “Pariahville”
Criminal Minds has always explored things and introduced things in their cases that I never in a million years could’ve thought of. A town designed especially for sex offenders is one of these things I never would’ve thought of as being real, but apparently it is. In this episode a woman is murdered in her home and the BAU must determine if it was one of the local residents or someone else who killed her.
This episode gave me a lot of weird emotions and I could definitely relate to the different team members and how each of them reacted to finding out about the town.
Episode 7: “Target Rich”
JJ returns from maternity leave just in time for Rossi’s daughter, Joy, to bring them what may or may not be a case. After a quick investigation, the team discovers they do indeed have a case and must race against the clock to find a missing girl before it’s too late.
Not going to lie, I totally forgot Rossi had a daughter. However, by the end of the episode I was tearing up a little when we learn that Joy is using her father’s name on her byline where she works.
Episode 8: “Awake”
Garcia is under lockdown after discovering a clue about “The Dirty Dozen”. Meanwhile, the team is investigating a series of murders that all involve the victims being sleep deprived.
Once again Criminal Minds came along and ripped my heart right out. It turns out the unsub is a man who lost his daughter several months prior when he pulled over at a rest stop to catch a few minutes sleep and when he woke up his daughter was gone. He searched tirelessly for her, but when they discovered her body he snapped and, instead of facing the truth, kept searching in the hopes that he might still find her.
This episode introduces us to someone who, I think it’s safe to say, will become a key unsub during the back half of the season, and that is The Man With the Skull Tattoo. The unsub in this episode was convinced a man with a skull tattoo had taken his daughter. No one believed him, but at the end of the episode we see the same man approaching a family the same way he did with this unsub.
Episode 9: “Internal Affairs”
The team must investigate after two DEA agents show up dead and it is believed that whoever assisted in targeting the agents may also know about “The Dirty Dozen”.
Indeed it does, though we don’t actually find out what they know until two episodes later.
Episode 10: “Future Perfect”
This one was creepy. A man was kidnapping two people at a time: one who was old and sick, the other was young and healthy. He was then experimenting on them to try and prove that he could make the old sick person healthy again by using the younger person.
Needless to say this didn’t work and, at the end of the episode, we see the tragic repercussions these experiments had for one couple desperate for a way to extend their time together.
Episode 11: “Entropy”
Reid is back! I’m so happy he’s returned, but that happiness didn’t last long as I realized exactly what was happening in this episode. Reid meets up with one of the hit men they’ve been looking for and over the course of a few hours we learn exactly what has been happening with their investigation into the group.
We also learn some things about Reid. Reid absence was explained as him going to visit his mother. Upon his return we find out that his mother has early onset dementia, a disease which, like schizophrenia, has genetic components. Why can’t Reid ever just be happy!?
Seriously, he missed the age trigger for inheriting schizophrenia from his mother, then he lost Maeve, and now he has another genetic disease to worry about! Are you actually kidding me right now?
It’s actually probably a good thing I didn’t review each of these episodes individually cause there would’ve been a lot of ranting going on, especially with that last one.
I had a day off from work and basically sat down and watched these episodes back to back. Needless to say, that day was basically an emotional rollercoaster. What is with Criminal Minds this season and making every episode and basically every unsub a sad mess that I just want to hug?
I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see what the rest of this season will have in store for Criminal Minds. Who is the Man With the Skull Tattoo? What’s going to happen to Reid? Is Dr. Lewis going to stay? So many questions and only a number of episodes left this season.
Do you have any predictions for what might happen? What was your favourite episode of the first half of the season?