A serial killer in Bend, Oregon is deliberately killing people by running them over with his car.

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Shannon Makely is the second Caucasian woman to be killed by vehicular homicide in Bend, Oregon in two weeks. The BAU know that it is the same person that killed both women and also that it is homicide since the driver backed over the victims after the initial impact. Both women were also killed along secluded stretches of road. With other information at hand, the BAU believe that the two victims were targeted rather than random killings. When a third vehicular homicide in Bend occurs, the BAU are initially confused as that murder occurred in what could have been a busy public parking lot, and the victim is male. However, other clues comes into light, which the BAU disseminates to the public. In watching these reports from the BAU, Gil Bonner believes he has information which could help the investigation, information he has been keeping secret for over a year. Meanwhile, Garcia is awaiting some information which could profoundly affect her personal life. Written by Huggo

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The UNSUB who runs his victims down with his car changes his bumper and license plate each time. We see him do this, and they are all Oregon plates. Later, when Rossi and Morgan find his discarded sets, they are California plates. See more »

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Emily Prentiss: I think it's safe to assume our unsub is male
Aaron Hotchner: I agree with you, given what we know about aggressive driving and road rage
Emily Prentiss: And the fact that men have an unnatural bond with their cars
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: That is true!
Derek Morgan: Wait a minute, I don't know about unnatural
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: I once dated a guy who washed his car more than he washed his hair
David Rossi: A nice car needs love
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: And a woman doesn't?
David Rossi: Uh, I'm not qualified to answer that
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Written by Mark Mancina
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Different, and it works
22 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 4 is a strong contender for the best season of 'Criminal Minds'. One where the lesser episodes, such as "Demonology" and "Catching Out", are still better than the worst episodes of particularly Seasons 9 and 11, and where there are so many classic episodes that picking a favourite is like trying to say what your favourite ice cream flavour is.

'Criminal Minds' have attempted format breakers, changes of pace and doing things differently numerous times over the course of its now 12 season run, before and since "Roadkill". This said, success has varied, sometimes doing something different has worked very well, sometimes it is a noble attempt but doesn't quite make it and at other times it falls flat. "Roadkill" is an example of 'Criminal Minds' doing something different (with a very unique modus operandi that is very much new for the show) and it working.

Part of me however did want more development for the unsub, who we don't quite know enough about to properly hate or feel sorry for. Also, the climactic moment of the otherwise nail-biting climax (where one really does care what happens to the next potential victim and whether the unsub succeeds) is sloppily edited and sticks out like a sore thumb compared to how good the rest of the episode looks.

On the other hand, "Roadkill" looks great, as ever made with style, class and gritty atmosphere. The music is suitably haunting and moody, and the direction and pacing are taut.

"Roadkill" is tautly and intelligently scripted, probing thought and not making things simplistic or too complicated while including all the necessary ingredients that makes 'Criminal Minds' so great (in its prime that is). The story is gripping throughout, loved the unique modus operandi and that the viewer is pulled under the rug with a jolt at the point where they think that the case has been figured out. The murders have tense build-up and enough to make one squirm in their seats, though particularly standing out are the scenes with Gill Bonner, was really touched by the small scene between Gill and JJ, and the completely unexpected twist. The Garcia/Kevin moments have humour and heart.

The acting is as good as can be, all the regular leads are top-notch and love their close knit and tight chemistry together, and Dale Midkiff plays guilt-ridden Gill with a lot of poignancy, the character's guilt really resonating and the closure he gets is movingly done.

In conclusion, a different 'Criminal Minds' episode and it works. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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