Criminal Minds: Season 2, Episode 8

Empty Planet (8 Nov. 2006)

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When a bomber targets Seattle, the BAU has to determine if it's a protest group or an individual with a much different agenda.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Professor Ursula Kent
Kenneth Roberts
Dr. Emory Cooke
Dr. Betsy Brazier
Special Agent Nick Casey
Cassandra Atkins


A man sends ominous phone messages to cities around the US before detonating his first, light pipe-bomb hidden in an umbrella, with remote he dumps on the street nearby, on a bus for 25 in Seattle, only two dead, 7 wounded, he even included peas softening the blow. After crossed robot-logo carved on the bomb links the killer to FFT, an anti-technology-group with a violent actions record, his initial profile is a local loner, smart, organized, aloof, possibly self-employed, moody... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Morgan asks Garcia to look up domestic terrorist activity in the Seattle area, specifically anti-technology is shown blinking and highlighted in Garcia's screen before Morgan actually asks for it. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: Do you mind if we swing by a book store, I want to re-read Empty Planet before we meet with the author, I haven't read it since I was six.
Derek Morgan: Six? I was still riding my big wheeler at six!
Dr. Spencer Reid: Do you mind, it'll only take ten minutes.
Jason Gideon: Do buy it or to read it?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Uh both actually.
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Unrealistic about birth mothers and memory
12 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course, I realize that the plot had to progress the way it did, however, I found it strange that the character was convinced that the woman he was convinced was his mother, would know what the looked like after so many years. As I recall, she only saw him for a short period of time before she had to turn him over to the people who would arrange his adoption. He seems seriously delusional if he thinks she would recognize the man in the baby she gave up many years earlier. He was so caught up in his delusion that he was her child, he even seemed to reject that she had a baby girl. Furthermore, given the age of the "mother" I seem to recall that adoptions at that time were closed, so I wondered how he found out that she was his "mother" But I guess that is artistic license for you. I was very touched by the scenes when Morgan stayed with the woman whose life was threatened when it turned it turned out that there was a bomb under her car. Gideon nailed it when he said Derek put his life on the line. Just the wrong move could have cost him and the woman's life.

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