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The Angel Maker 

On the anniversary of a serial killer's execution, a murder spree which appears to be connected to him begins and the team must try and understand his mind in order to stop it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shara Carlino
Angel Maker
Sid Rutledge
Sela Dobson
Dr. Renee Turner
Dr. Hagen


On the anniversary of the execution of a serial killer, known as "the Angel Maker", who bludgeoned women while they were asleep, raped them and then made puncture wounds in their stomachs after they were killed, a copycat has started a new spree. Strangely enough, the semen found at the scene is a match to the original Angel Maker. While some people start to worry that he has returned from the dead, the BAU have to figure out what his mindset was in order to find the copycat. Written by J. Rieper

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1 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the first episode of Reid wearing a revolver as his service weapon instead of a FBI issued Glock. It shows how Reid is far different than the members of the BAU. This wasn't the first time Reid used a Revolver. In Season 2's episode "Revelations", Reid shot the unsub after being held hostage. In Season 3's episode "Penelope", Morgan said "Who the hell uses a Revolver?" See more »


When JJ and Garcia were on the phone, Garcia's computer screen showed that she typed "Revised date parameters: August 1, 2007 - September 30, 2007", before JJ told her the date that the unsub's letter (which mentioned the insemination) was written, and before Garcia said to "fast forward nine months". See more »


Aaron Hotchner: [closing quote, voiceover] Wendell Berry said "The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it."
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The first great episode of Season 4
25 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Mayhem" was a decent season premiere and conclusion of the end-Season-3-beginning-Season 4 two parter, but a few steps down from the brilliant season 3 finale "Lo-Fi".

"The Angel Maker", the second episode of Season 4, was the first great episode of the season and comes incredibly close to being a classic/elite episode in a season with so many of them. My only complaint really was the discovery of a big clue due to Morgan and Prentiss looking at the stars, too random, too lucky and too coincidental.

However, "The Angel Maker" is as ever with 'Criminal Minds' very well made, being slickly and stylishly photographed, tightly edited and atmospherically lit with a real spooky vibe (especially the beginning, which never fails to give the chills). The music has the right amount of haunting mood and the odd bouts of melancholy.

Writing is tightly structured and thought-provoking, with all the classic writing ingredients for 'Criminal Minds' there. Prentiss tapping Reid on the shoulder and saying "he's so lifelike" is a refreshingly funny moment and considering how dark the episode is it is timed remarkably well.

As one would hope, the story is rich in tension and suspense, with a nail-biting creepiness, throughout the telling of it is absorbing. Hotch's subplot with his hearing is handled sensitively and in a way that makes one feel sorry for and admire him. The climax and the unsub's identity are true shockers.

Lastly, there's the acting which is excellent all round. In conclusion, great episode and the start of Season 4's high quality, that generally had a few bumps along the way, but generally to me it's the best 'Criminal Minds' season. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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