Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 17

A Real Rain (22 Mar. 2006)

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The team travels to Manhattan to work with the NYPD in tracking and apprehending a serial killer who is intent on dispensing his own style of vigilante justice.

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In New York a hooded serial killer blindfolds and shoots, then stabs victims which seem to have nothing in common. The profiling team concludes that the cab driver could only be killed after thorough preparation. His latest attack is a priest, accused but cleared in court of child abuse. After this incident he lets a female witness escape to a church, suggesting that the setting is essential to his ritual. It turns out all the victims were acquitted or got the charges dropped. The killer turns out to be a vigilante who stabs his guilty victims in a 'poetically just' organ, probably continuing on the theme of a first crime against a perpetrator whose victim he once was. Gideon thinks it may be a cop, but can't scare off the NYPD from collaborating, and indeed the next victim is a double cop-killer. All victims have been on trial in one single court-house. Crime newspaper reporter Lance Wagner gets incredibly precise scoops every time. After shooting in panic an undercover cop in the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Gideon hands Hotch a newspaper in the lobby of the courthouse. When Hotch turns it over to read the headline, the viewer can briefly see the title of the paper - "New York Quest," not New York Ledger, which is the fictional NY newspaper of choice for most shows set in NYC. The format and design of both fictional papers is meant to emulate a real newspaper, the New York Post. See more »

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When the team enters the vigilante's apartment, they observe boxes of case files, identified by the name of the case. Several boxes are marked "N.Y.C. v. 'Name'." Since it's unlikely the vigilante would be hunting jaywalkers or persons who were accused of other similarly-trivial offenses, the city would not be the prosecutor in any of the cases; the state would be. See more »

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Jason Gideon: There's a lot we still don't know, but we do know this: these are not blitz attacks. They're too controlled. These are absolutely executions.
Dr. Spencer Reid: An unsub's signature is his own extremely rare combination of M.O. and ritual. An unsub kills to satisfy an inner need, and he'll continue killing until that inner need, which is based on a ritual, is lived out perfectly. Because reality never lives up to fantasy, this becomes an impossibility.
Jason Gideon: In other words, he's not gonna stop killing until we catch ...
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Good, But Could Have Been Much Better
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

New York City is the scene where the BAU travels after a third person is killed the same way as two others. The victims are shot, then stabbed with a flint-type knife and then blindfolded. After a fourth murder, the team has a new profile: a vigilante serial killer. All the victims are people who walked after being charged with serious crimes. The blindfold supposedly represents the blindfolded lady justice figure you see on scales.

There were a lot of interesting profiling details about vigilantes. It seems these BAU guys can't stop talking about criminals, even at dinner out at a Chinese restaurant. Sometimes I wonder if the TV writers don't add to the profiling truths that are spoken, just to embellish and dramatize, but I don't know that for sure.

Anyway, the episode was interesting but not as suspenseful in the last 10 minutes as I would have expected since they were hunting a killer about to claim another victim. It almost was anti-climactic the way they portrayed it.

I detected a bit of elitism on the part of Gideon and his group who see themselves and knowing and being a lot wiser than the public.....in this case with their thoughts about vigilantes and justice. That was brought out a few times, especially at the very end with "the man on the street interviews."


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