Season 11 | Episode 4 | Aired: October 21, 2015
“Outlaw” was an interesting one because it actually featured the team reopening an old case (not one we had seen in a previous episode) that they hadn’t solved.
At first they wondered if perhaps the killers were just copycats, but they quickly realized that wasn’t the case and it was the same killers from before as the details were just too accurate. The two men were actually caught after their partnership started to dissolve because one of the men left a witness. Why did he leave a witness? He allowed a man and his son to live after he himself discovered he had a five year old son.
I really liked this episode. One of the things I’ve always liked about Criminal Minds is that viewers typically know who the unsub is or at least what he or she looks like before the team does. This episode was no different, but it still felt like a mystery somehow. I don’t really know how to describe it (I’m such a great writer, aren’t I?), but it really felt like we were guessing who the unsub was and what was going on even though we already had answers to both those questions.
I actually found the end of this episode to be pretty sad. While I didn’t feel bad for either unsub (they murdered a lot of people), I guess I sort of felt… pity? Once again we’re at a point where I don’t know how to describe it.
He found out he had a son, but the boy’s mother wouldn’t allow him to see the boy (can’t really blame him, he went to jail for murder and he was a drug addict for ages). He ends up taking them hostage, but the BAU finds them before they can get too far.
The unsub knows he’s going back to jail for all the people he’s killed and he knows he’ll never get to know his son so he decides to go down in a hail of bullets rather than turn himself in. I’ve seen this happen in movies and TV shows before and it gets me every time, whether the character is a protagonist or an antagonist.
I’m finding this episode really hard to describe. I don’t know why, it was a great episode! It was creepy and disturbing with just that little bit of sympathy for the unsubs. All in all a great episode.
Next week looks like it’s going to be a great one too! It looks exceptionally creepy (and kind of gross) and I’ve also read that we’ll be seeing Tara struggle to balance her work life with her personal life, something we know all the BAU members have had to deal with.
What did you think of “Outlaw”? Can you describe it better than I could? Probably! Let me know what you thought down below!