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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Supernatural Top 11 Fave Episodes Countdown: #11

I did something similar to this with The Walking Dead earlier this month in preparation for The Walking Dead season six premier. So why am I doing it again, especially since Supernatural premiered a couple weeks ago?

I’m doing a Supernatural countdown to celebrate reaching 100 chapters on my SPN fanfiction, “All You Did Was Save My Life”.

This is the longest fanfiction I’ve written thus far and it’s not even close to being done yet. I absolutely love this story and I am so excited to be celebrating 100 chapters.

For the next eleven days I will counting my Top 11 favourite episodes of Supernatural with number one being posted on Wednesday the 28th. The same day Chapter 100 will be going up.

Why eleven days? Because Supernatural is on season eleven of course!

Now, enough explaining, let’s start this countdown with season five, episode four: “The End”.

The End

This episode is both amazing and emotional all at the same time.

In “The End” Dean ends up in the year 2014 where the Croatoan virus has spread and killed a good portion of the population. Some survivors have gathered in a camp with 2014 Dean as their leader. In this future, Castiel has lost his angel powers and is now a hippie of sorts while Sam has been possessed by Lucifer. Past Dean must help Future Dean and the others in their plan to defeat Lucifer.

This episode is amazing because we get to see different sides to the characters. One of the things about Supernatural is that each actor can end up playing a bunch of different characters and it’s a cool experience to see how each actor interprets their new character.

I really have to praise all the actors for playing their future selves because it was amazing how only an episode or so ago they were playing these characters one way and now they have to play them as if four years has passed and they all did phenomenal.

However, I especially have to talk about Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins because their characters were so different! Jensen had to play Past and Future Dean, Jared had to play Sam as Lucifer, and Misha suddenly went from being the most serious and confused angel to a guy without shoes having orgies. What?! And they all pulled it off spectacularly, I can’t even describe in just a few words how amazing they all were.

I said this is episode is emotional which is definitely true (at least I found it to be) because it is exactly what it sounds like, it’s the end. Not of the show, not even close, but it shows what the end of the world and humanity could be like if Dean and Sam didn’t change it.

Sam is Lucifer and he kills Dean, Cas, Chuck, and all the rest and Past Dean is there to see it all happen. And he promises Past Dean that they will always end up there, no matter what happens or what Past Dean and Sam try to do, Lucifer will always win.

This promise seemed pretty creepy and worrying when I first watched the episode, but now going back and watching it again after I know what happens in future episodes it’s so emotional because you know what he said was true! I know his promise didn’t last for long, but still, can the Winchester boys never get a break?

Alright, so I’ve officially kicked off this countdown with a great, yet kind of depressing, episode. #10 will be up tomorrow so many sure to check it out and check out my fanfiction “All You Did Was Save My Life” by clicking on my fanfiction page up at the top! Chapter 100 will be up soon!

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

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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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Criminal Minds Episode Review: “The Witness”

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Season 11 | Episode 2 | Aired: October 7, 2015

As a person who frequent travels on the bus this episode was terrifying.

After Sarin Gas is released on a public bus in Los Angeles, the BAU must determine if it’s a lone attack or part of larger plan.

This was a really great (and terrifying) episode. It also really had you guessing as to who the actual unsub was. It seemed so obvious at first, but then you would question it, then you’d think you knew again, but then you weren’t quite sure…

By the end of the episode they caught two unsubs for two different crimes and you actually felt kind of bad for one of them. Well, I did, I’m assuming other people did too.

One guy killed the man who was having an affair with his wife, but when he did this he was seen by the guy’s brother who then started to blackmail him. The guys brother is actually the unsub for the other crime and was trying to frame the first guy in the Sarin Gas release.

All these episodes later and I will never stop being both impressed and slightly frightened that the creators and writers can still think of so many crimes and then on top of that, so many plot twists for each episode. Seriously, how do they do it?

Tara

Something that really stood out last night was the frowning friendship between Reid and Dr. Tara Lewis, the newest member of the BAU.

I’ve heard rumours that Reid may get a new love interest this season so if this is the case and they’re hinting that it’s Tara I guess we know she won’t be around for very long cause the writers don’t like Reid to be happy for too long.

I hope she is around for at least a while though cause it normally takes me a few episodes to determine if I like the new character or not and I’m not 100% certain how I feel about her yet. She seems like a cool character, but no joins the BAU without having some sort of sketchy past so I’m waiting for hers to come out.

I really liked this episode and next week looks even better! Let me know what you thought in the comments down below!

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