Because of a skydiving accident, Gideon is forced to stay in the office while the team is out in the field. While in the office, a seemingly disorganized Gideon invades Garcia's work space which does not sit well with her neat and tidy sensibilities. The BAU are working on a case in a small town in Tennessee where two homicides have occurred in a 48 hours span, the first homicides there in sixty-four years. The two murders are seemingly unrelated beyond happening in the same town. The team focuses on the more brutal second killing, that of Annie Stuart, whose body was eviscerated of her liver, kidney and lungs. Because of the disembowelment, Gideon believes he understands the reasoning behind some circular blood stains at the crime scene. It isn't until another murder occurs that their theory is strengthened. However, it also unfortunately adds the connection of a seven year old boy named Wally Brisbane who has gone missing. The team are working against time in not only having to find... Written by
Reid mentions Richard Trenton Chase, a paranoid schizophrenic who was convicted of murder in 1978. He started out killing and eviscerating animals and eating their entrails, and moved up to humans. The bloody rings made by the unsub's containers in this episode were found at Chase's crime scenes. He suffered from many delusions including the "alien" one mentioned by Reid. See more »
Music teacher Annie Stuart is clearly faking playing the piano. See more »
Season 1 of 'Criminal Minds' started off so well, and its best episodes are some of my favourites of the whole show, but the episodes between "The Fox" and "Riding the Lightning" became hit and miss ("What Fresh Hell", which is very good, being the best from that period) with a few slow and less than inspired stories.
Like what was said when reviewing "The Popular Kids", while a lesser episode "Blood Hungry" is not the worst from the first season. That dishonour still belongs to "Machismo", one of the show's overall weakest, and while some of the season needs to be re-watched an episode would have to be really bad or even more mediocre to be worse. There are some great elements in "Blood Hungry", but it could have been so much better.
"Blood Hungry" does start off very well, being emotionally disturbing and affecting. The song the boy sings is truly beautiful and one of the show's best and best-utilised songs. Most of the production values are stylish and atmospheric, and the music gives a haunting and melancholic vibe. Love the interaction between Gideon and Garcia, which had some very funny moments (some of the funniest of the first season) and do not feel at all out of place especially considering how dark some of the story is.
The episode does have some effectively shocking and unpleasant moments, especially the brutal (even by 'Criminal Minds' standards) murders, and the family loyalty angle is well-realised. The performances from the leads are very good, especially Mandy Patinkin and Kirsten Vangsness, whose Garcia is like the brightest ray of sunshine.
However, while there is definitely some atmosphere, the story wasn't anywhere near as interesting as it could have been. Some of it is predictable with some lethargic pacing, and there are parts that are illogical and too padded out complete with a weird plot twist and the unsub's back story could have much more, or at least better, elaborated upon, too underdeveloped and ambiguous.
Also didn't like that the team take so long to figure it all out when it is never really that surprising, that they don't have much to do and that the unsub is caught too easily and conveniently. Also agree that the camera work is distractingly slapdash in places, which it isn't usually on 'Criminal Minds'. The support acting is very much variable with nobody standing out.
On the whole, an average episode to the first season though with some great elements. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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