Criminal Minds: Season 5, Episode 23

Our Darkest Hour (26 May 2010)

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The BAU are called to California when a sadistic serial killer appears and begins killing people in the dark during the rolling blackouts.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Everson
Detective Matt Spicer
Greg Everson
Isabella Murad ...


In two separate incidents, an unsub has raped and/or killed in Los Angeles, California. The first victims, two females, were raped, tortured then killed in the downtown area. Three days later in the suburbs, a woman, in her home, was raped repeatedly in front of her husband, the latter who was ultimately killed. The wife was purposefully kept alive. These incidents have taken place in the area of the city where the rolling blackouts have occurred that evening, the blackouts to combat the excessive power use due to the heatwave. Garcia determines that the unsub has been at work for at least twenty-six years - raping and murdering during blackouts - the individual incidents never having been connected since he has never killed in the same city consecutively until now. In speaking to the detectives in charge, the BAU make a connection to one of the first killings as the reason the unsub has returned to Los Angeles. From there, the BAU think they know who the next target will be. They ... Written by Huggo

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The serial killer is being called The Prince of Darkness. In the movie Legend Tim Curry played a devilish creature named Darkness See more »


Wife restrained in hospital bed - if she was suicidal she would be on close observation in a safe room. Not left alone with wrist restraints. See more »


Derek Morgan: [voiceover, opening] Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote : And out of the darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men.
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I'm Your Man
Written and performed by Leonard Cohen.
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Wow! As oppose to this weak season, the finale was brilliant
3 June 2010 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Although there were weaker parts in the plot, mainly inconsistencies of some characters (Derek especially) most of it was a very good cliffhanger. And when I say it was good, I mean it was EVIL, WICKED, SATANIC, you name it. This is my favorite unsub by far, even better than Foyette. A very nice comeback for Tim Curry, who always looks like a sleek evil character. Here, for a change, he manages to look more authentic, grittier if you like. A very solid performance by Curry which will make your skin crawl. After a weak season in my opinion, I find to my surprise that I can't wait for the next one. This chapter was as sick and creepy as the first season. If you liked the first seasons, you'll love this chapter! P.S. - Having said that, the title for "the most shocking finale episode" has to go to Grey's Anatomy, which literally made me shake for a whole hour after it ended. Probably the best finale of any show for a long long time. Oh, I should probably mention the finale of House's 4th season (the bus accident) as well.

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