Criminal Minds Episode Review: “Drive”

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I’ve heard a lot of stories about how awful private driving services can be. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all ride-share services are bad or that all the drivers are serial killers. But this episode of Criminal Minds definitely didn’t help me in thinking they might be.

Taxis have always freaked me out, having someone I don’t know driving me around just isn’t something I enjoy. But sometimes it’s necessary. However, a driving service where the drivers are hired out privately? No thanks, I’m good.

And that’s exactly what the victims in “Drive” should’ve said. The unsub was a driver for one of these services who was using his position to kidnap people who got into his car. If he found them to be unmoral in some way (one of his victims cheated on his wife) then he would behead them and leave their body somewhere to be found.

Thankfully the BAU managed to stop him before he could behead his last victim. However, I won’t be getting in a taxi or ride-share car ever again. Personally, I like my head attached to my shoulders.

As I fell behind on Criminal Minds, I obviously didn’t watch this episode as an actual ‘mid-season premier’ as I just binged through the episodes a few days ago. However, it was a nice breather after that insane episode before with Reid and The Dirty Dozen issue.

Clearly I’ve been watching this show too long if an episode about beheadings is a nice breather.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. Seriously, Criminal Minds is one of those shows that hasn’t reduced it’s quality as the seasons have gone on and next week’s episode looks freaky.

It’s called “The Bond” and I don’t know if it’s referring to the victims being tied up or to the creepy bond that is already apparent between the unsub and his mother.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, let me know what you thought of “Drive”! Did you enjoy it? Will you be using a taxi in the near or distant future?

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Criminal Minds Season 11 Episodes 5-11 Review/Recap

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for episodes 5-11 of Criminal Minds season 11. If you haven’t watched those episode, STOP READING****

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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?

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Criminal Minds Season Ten Finale Review: “The Hunt”

Criminal Minds.Run: September 22nd, 2005-Present
Created by: Jeff David
Genre: Police Procedural, Crime Drama, Action, Thriller
Starring: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Thomas Gibson

I’ve been avoiding reviewing episodes of Criminal Minds and pretty much every other show like this that I watch. If CSI:NY or Miami were still on, I would want to review them, but I wouldn’t. Why? Because so much happens! But not in a Game of Thrones sort of way, like covering ten character storylines in one episode. More in a, police/medical jargon, flicking back and forth between the cops and killers and I need to make sure I keep up sort of way. But, at the same time, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. So I figured that a heart-pounding season finale might be a good place to start. So, here we are.

So, the season ten finale of Criminal Minds aired last night and I have been on the edge of my seat with this one since the end of last week. Last week we saw Kate’s niece, Meg, and Meg’s best friend, Markayla, get in a van with “Bobby’s Mom”. Now, we all knew this lady was not Bobby’s mom and we all knew that Bobby was not really Bobby. However, we had to wait until last night to find out what was going on.

The Season Finale

Well, apparently what was going on, was human trafficking. Not sex trafficking, oh no, serial killing trafficking. These people would kidnap people and then sell them online to serial killers. Really?! I love this show, but it also makes me scared to leave the house (and scared to be in my house sometimes).

There were three primary people involved in the kidnapping, one of whom turned out to be a victim herself, kidnapped twenty-two years prior, and her son (who is also the son of her kidnapper). Talk about family drama. They had kidnapped Meg and Markayla to get back at Kate, who had inadvertently been investigating them for months.

Kate had been digging into an old case that she believed there was more to. Well, turns out she was right. The killer that they caught during that case was actually one of the customers of the serial trafficking website. Kate’s investigation was bringing her closer and closer to finding out the truth. To get back at her, and because they knew they would never be able to take Kate, the criminals went for the next best thing: Meg and Markayla.

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I felt like this episode was one of those that sort of acted as a lesson or a cautionary tale. At one point, Markayla actually manages to escape the kidnappers after Meg kicks one of them. We later learn that this was all part of a plan Meg had come up with, using some of the knowledge that Kate had given her. And even though Kate was blaming herself throughout the whole episode, I feel like her lessons to Meg were really lessons to everyone watching. Having a panic word and what to do in an emergency, something most people do go over, but I doubt kidnapping was ever on anyone’s mind.

Now thankfully they managed to rescue Meg. Though, not going to lie, I was a little concerned there that she might lose more than some of her hair at the hands of the creepy guy that bought her. But the BAU saved the day and JJ actually killed the serial killer before he could hurt Meg and we got to see a happy reunion between Meg, Kate, and Chris.

All through this episode it seemed like there had been something going on with JJ. I’m not sure what it was, there was just something… off. Was I the only one who thought so? Was I imagining it? Maybe. But then at the end of the episode during a conversation we Reid, we learn that JJ is pregnant again. This is, of course, to tie in with AJ Cook’s real-life pregnancy, and I am so excited! I love JJ and Henry is adorable, and I have to admit that Reid’s face when JJ said he’d be getting another godchild was too adorable for words.

JJ

However, not all good things were happening at the end of this episode. Once again, the season finished off with a member of the team walking away. Kate left, so as to spend more time with Meg and the new baby once it arrived. I had mixed feelings about her leaving. I enjoyed her character and JLH is a wonderful actress, but I also feel like we didn’t learn a whole lot about her character to really feel sad about her going.

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I was really worried about how this episode was going to turn up. They’d been building up to something like this happening for a while, ever since we saw the girls send their picture to “Bobby” over messenger. As soon as they got in that car last week I was excited that we had finally reached this point in the season and would get to see what happened, but I was also kind of sitting here like, “Are they really going to be able to do this in one episode?”

There was so much build up and anticipation, how on earth could they sort this whole thing out in one episode? But they did it. They did and it turned out amazing. It was creepy, and heart pounding, and a little confusing, all of which are aspects of a great episode of Criminal Minds. It’s a show that is both entertaining to watch, makes it hard to sleep at night, but it also makes you think. And I was definitely thinking a lot during this episode so I would say it was a success.

So, season ten is over. Season eleven has yet to be announced which has me slightly worried because the ending of this season was very, final, I guess. There were still things left unfinished and stuff up in the air, but there was no crazy killer looking at a member of the team through a scope or anything. If they cancelled it now and wanted to end it, it’s not like we’re left with some big cliffhanger.

However, I’m hoping they don’t cancel it and that it does come back for another season. I always prefer that if a series is over then it gets a proper farewell and not a half-goodbye. Plus I would love to see Reid with his new godchild. And who would they get to fill Kate’s spot?

What did you think of the season finale? Thoughts on the new season?

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