Criminal Minds Episode Review: “Outlaw”

Criminal Minds

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!

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Criminal Minds Episode Review: “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

Criminal Minds

Season 11 | Episode 3 | Aired: October 14, 2015

I have a family member getting married soon so this episode was terrifying, but it was also really sad. Normally when they catch the unsub I’m like, “Yes, good, lock them away forever!” And while I was glad they caught the unsub (obviously since she was killing people) I just felt bad for her.

In this episode brides-to-be were being murdered just before their what should’ve been the happiest day of their life. The team determined that their unsub was a female who had been rejected in some way.

Turns out, the unsub was a woman who was in love with a man she and her sister worked with. She was supposed to be on anti-depressants, but had stopped taking them which led to a psychotic break and to her seeing any woman who even just spoke to this man as a threat. Things escalated even more when the man proposed to her sister. Thankfully though, the team managed to catch her in time before she could anyone else or herself.

This episode was incredibly sad. Terrifying, of course, cause this girl was murdering people, but more than I anything I just felt so bad for her. She had been abandoned and left behind by so many people, but then there was this guy she had dated in middle school and who was still nice to her and cared about her and she truly believed they were going to be together.

It’s always a little worrying when the unsub is easier to figure out than a member of the team. Remember last week when I said no one joins the BAU without having a ton of baggage? Well last night we saw something was going on with Tara.

Turns out, Tara’s engaged! Obviously this means she isn’t going to be Reid’s new love interest, but I was a little confused as to what was going on with her and her fiancĂ©e because she hasn’t mentioned him up to this point and she ignored his phone call. She spoke briefly about it to Morgan, but I have a feeling that there’s more to discover there.

This episode was pretty straight forward. The team are still looking into who The Dirty Dozen might be and there was a funny story shared by Rossi about his third marriage (it involved an Elvis impersonator), but this episode was actually pretty tame.

Rossi

And that’s not a bad thing! The first two episodes this season were pretty insane so it was nice to kind of slow things down, still have an exciting and intriguing case, but not go all crazy with the side stories and plotlines.

Next week’s episode looks pretty terrifying and nonstop so I think last night was probably a good bit of a break before the insanity starts back up again.

Make sure you check out the preview for next week’s episode and let me know what you thought of “‘Til Death Do Us Part”!

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