Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 10

The Popular Kids (30 Nov. 2005)

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The apparent death by Satanic ritual brings the BAU to a small town, and the profiling morphs into a search when it's learned that a teenage girl is missing.



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Episode credited cast:
Cory Bridges
Michael Zizzo
Brandi Dreifort
Deputy Harris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Davenport ...
Ashlee Johnson
Reverend Paul
Deputy #2


The police are investigating the murder of popular high school student Adam Lloyd, his body found in the woods on Massanutten Mountain in McAllister County, Virginia. The BAU are called in when the police discover a skeleton nearby, seemingly killed the same way as Adam, with the person's skull cut open and a message scrawled on an adjacent tree saying "Satan Lives LOD". No one knows what LOD means. Upon arriving at the scene, the BAU learn that a young woman named Cherish Hanson was running with Adam that morning, she is missing. The team are aware that someone local is the unsub and they use the tactic of recruiting locals as the search parties to lure the unsub into what is going on. The discovery of what LOD stands for leads the authorities in a certain direction, but Gideon's chat with a local girl uncovers the truth. Meanwhile, Reid admits to Morgan that he has been plagued with nightmares about work of late. Written by Huggo

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Boring and unoriginal
7 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was the first episode of "Criminal Minds" I saw, and I can't say it really made me like the series. There was nothing to set it apart from any other crime show on television, and it seemed very weak.

In a small town, a high school student is murdered when out jogging, and his girlfriend who was with him is now missing. The criminal minds people find a very old skeleton also in the woods, and there are clues that suggest the crime may have been done by some kind of satanic group.

The lame attempt at a twist was evident from miles away. Guest star Will Rothhaar is a brilliant actor, but his character was an absolutely awful one. Most of the other guest characters seemed similarly unrealistic. I did like the interesting discussions between some of the investigators about how their job affects them, something I've rarely seen in crime shows. The team wasn't really very interesting though and overall this episode was very weak.

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