As The Prince of Darkness continues his murderous rampage across California, the BAU go after him to save Detective Spicer's daughter from him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Adam Kurzbard
Isabella Murad ...
Larry Simmons
Annette Simmons
Ronald William Lawrence ...
Detective Stansfield


Morgan and Det. Matt Spicer are unable to reach Spicer's daughter, Ellie Spicer, before she is kidnapped by the unsub, who has been raping and killing during blackouts for twenty-six years. In the kidnapping process, Morgan and Spicer's sister, Kristin, are beaten, and Spicer himself killed. Spicer's parents were the unsub's first victims twenty-six years ago. Ellie, who quickly understands her role in the unsub's twisted fantasy, ends up being more resilient than the unsub first believed. Meanwhile, the BAU, with information from Kristin, believe they understand why the unsub kidnapped Ellie and has probably kept her alive. The BAU also believe they have a means to at least contact the unsub. In doing so, an uncomfortable J.J. is requested to do some work outside of her responsibility. Reid, in the meantime, finds an earlier murder which he believes is also connected to the unsub, this information which could lead to figuring out his identity. J.J. uses this information in her ... Written by Huggo

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22 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Isabella Murad, who plays 8 year old Ellie Spicer, was actually 12 years old at the time. See more »


When asking talking to JJ after she enters the Emergency Alert center, Hotch tells her that they're "gathering some background on Flynn. Just sit tight for a minute"

However, it isn't until two scenes later that Garcia (acting on a tip from Reid) identifies the unsub as Billy Flynn. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: Already?
Penelope Garcia: You doubted?
Dr. Spencer Reid: No, I'll put you on speaker.
Penelope Garcia: Okay, let me preface this by saying that a 40-year-old murder in a suburb of Los Angeles is an absurdly impossible request. Having said that, yours truly happens to know that the Pollak Library at Cal State...
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Garcia.
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Dance Me to the End of Love
Written and performed by Leonard Cohen
Played during one of the unsub's flashback scenes
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A True Criminal Mind
29 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Criminal Minds focuses each episode on a periodic killer, investigated by the B.A.U. (Behavioral Analysis Unit). Often, the killers are mentally deranged or are driven by previous experiences. In this episode of Criminal Minds, the Unit is flown to Los Angeles for a lengthy expedition. This episode was broken into two parts, which was a necessity given the amount of story here.

The unit as usual undergoes an analysis of the fresh killer. The opening episode (finale of Season 5) starts the rampage of Billy Flynn. The story focuses on the suburban life of Los Angeles. Fortunately for Billy, the local government is conducting blackouts for power supplements in different parts of the city.

The killer uses this to his advantage, exploiting many people throughout the first and second parts of this episode. You will come to understand why Mr. Flynn is so obsessed with the continuing darkness.

Tim Curry as Billy here is absolutely astounding. His portrayal of a mass-murderer is not only accurate, but extending. The cast members of the B.A.U. are fashionably included, but the episode focuses more on Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook.

Something I'd like to point out about the episode that I didn't enjoy was the mood at some points. This killer was extremely serious in his activities. However, the music and theme was not convincing. At some points, the B.A.U. members exchange jokes in such a dark time. There is no real music accompanying the entire episode until the ending. Luckily, Curry conveys a dangerous-enough portrayal in the episode, that it overshadows these problems.

At the end of the day, The Longest Night is one of the more formidable entries in this series. The conclusion is exciting and tense, but also features one of the best scenes of acting, perhaps in the entire show. Unfortunately, Criminal Minds is running dry. There is not enough content and creativity to continue a 10-year running show.


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