The auction of the contents of a self-storage facility in Philadelphia reveal a possible serial killer in the making.

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When the contents of a self-storage facility is sold, the new owners find a number of pictures, drawings and notes that suggest that there's a possible sadistic serial killer in the making in town. The case is complicated by a local FBI agent who sees the incident as an opportunity to become famous... Written by J. Rieper

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23 January 2008 (USA)  »

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When the murderer picks up his victim and puts her in the back of his van, the body is obviously a mannequin, not a human being. See more »

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Jill Morris: So you've come to say goodbye.
David Rossi: I'm afraid so. We've got real cases in Quantico. Cases with bodies.
Jill Morris: But if I am right about this thing, there will be plenty of those.
David Rossi: It was nice meeting you.
Jill Morris: [Rossi turns to leave] There was something else in the boxes. In "Eyes of the Predator", you wrote that collection of integumentary items is definite precursor: skin, nails... hair. This guy is for real.
[she puts an evidence baggie with a clump of hair in it on the table]
David Rossi: I'll call my team. We've got work to...
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'Criminal Minds' in the limelight
8 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not one of my favourite Season 3 episodes like "Elephant's Memory", "Lucky", "Lo-Fi" and "Seven Seconds". For me, while slightly better than still-not-bad-but-somewhat-bland episodes like "Identity", "About Face", "3rd Life" and "Birthright", "Limelight" is one of the season's lesser episodes.

There is a good deal to like. Visually, "Limelight" is a typically well-made episode, it's stylishly shot, tightly edited and lit in a way that's atmospherically gritty but also classy. The music is suitably haunting and melancholic, very fitting with the episode's mood, not enhancing as such but never distracting. The direction is alert but also accommodating.

"Limelight" is smartly and thoughtfully scripted too, and that there was more development to Rossi was appreciated and what's more the development on him is fascinating, sees him maturing more and brings sides to him that weren't seen before when first introduced. The story is mostly compelling, with a unique modus operandi, a freaky opening and some edge of your seat moments. There are a number of character delights, Rossi and Jill's relationship dominates and is advantaged by the perfectly pitched chemistry between Joe Mantegna and Andrea Roth, but just as much are the chemistry between Rossi and Hotch, which is business-like and realistically-direct, and Reid's adorable and very funny eccentricities. Prentiss and Morgan also work really well together.

All round the acting is very good, Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson are marvellous and Roth does the best she can with her material. The creepy is underused but suitably repellent.

However, the case does have its slow stretches where the story loses tightness and gets bogged down in talk. Some of the team take too much of a back-seat, especially JJ who is mostly background here.

Biggest problem with "Limelight" is the character of Jill. It was clear what the episode was trying to do in making her a younger version of Rossi, but she just comes over as arrogant, obnoxious and careless in her risk-taking. Her indifference towards the outcome of the case and her obsessive actions (i.e. false evidence) in the episode was almost like she was involving herself for fame's sake and not because she wanted the case solved and one strongly suspects her as the unsub in places.

In conclusion, pretty good but didn't blow me away. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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