While Reid copes with a loss in his personal life, the rest of the BAU travels to San Francisco to investigate victims discovered in the Mission District.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Hughes
Madison Riley
Barbara Moore
Det. Lennon Miles
Alan Archer
Elaine Porter


Two weeks after the fact, Reid is still reeling over the murder of his girlfriend, Dr. Maeve Donovan, by her stalker. His friends try to reach out to him, but he remains in seclusion, not talking to anyone. They have to figure out a way to bring him back to a state where he at least reaches out for help in dealing with his grief. As such, he doesn't accompany the team on their next case, that of two murders in San Francisco, California, where the two seemingly unrelated victims were found in public places, wrapped in clear plastic and their bodies drained of almost all their blood while they were still alive. Early in their investigation, they find two more victims who have one more similarity: their eyelids were removed. The combination of the eyelids and the body placement of all four victims leads the team to figure out what the unsub is doing with the blood. They still have to figure out why the blood is so important to the unsub to discover who he is before he kills again. Written by Huggo

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23 January 2013 (USA)  »

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When Reid joins the team in San Francisco, he is wearing a green sweater that looks suspiciously like the sweater that Diane wore which she stole from the original owner, Maeve. See more »


The team refers to the UnSub's blood type as the universal receiver, AB. This is true for whole blood, but not for plasma, as the UnSub uses. Blood donation centers will sometimes collect only plasma from AB donors, as their plasma does not contain the antibodies that may cross react with recipient blood. For this reason, AB is often considered the "universal donor" for plasma. See more »


Jennifer Jareau: [Outside Reid's apartment] Spence? Listen, if you're in there, we just want to know if you're all right.
Penelope Garcia: Knock twice if you're conscious.
[They hear two knocks]
Penelope Garcia: Is he ever gonna be okay?
Jennifer Jareau: Eventually.
[Louder voice]
Jennifer Jareau: And he knows we're always here for him, no matter what!
Penelope Garcia: Yeah, what she said!
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Pedestrian episode and an indication of the show running out of ideas
11 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a fan of 'Criminal Minds', Season 8 has been a mixed bag while not as variable as Seasons 6 and 9 or as underwhelming as 11.

There are good episodes such as "All That Remains", "God Complex", "The Good Earth" and "The Lesson", and also some disappointing ones like "Magnificent Light", "Through the Looking Glass", "The Wheels on the Bus" and "The Replicator" (potentially good story arc, and a quite effective one for most of the season, that fizzles out badly which was a shame), not to mention a mostly decent "Zugzwang" before frustrating with its slap-in-the-face ending.

"Magnum Opus" to me is another one of the weaker episodes of Season 8. It is not an irredeemable episode, none of the 'Criminal Minds' episodes are not even the very worst ones, but, considering that 'Criminal Minds' is so brilliant when on form and even at its best, "Magnum Opus" underwhelmed hugely.

Starting with what "Magnum Opus" does right, Have nothing to complain about with the production values, it's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. The music is moody in the haunting and melancholic sense and fits well, without either enhancing or distracting from it.

Love the team interaction and it registers far more than the case itself. Reid's grief is genuinely moving (acted beautifully by Matthew Gray Gubler), the team's concern and support for him is every bit as touching and Garcia is like a ray of sunshine. Barbara Moore is a charming character, and yes her chemistry with Morgan was nice to watch. Most of the actors do a good job with what they're given which is beneath them mostly really.

With exceptions. Blake is still a cold, dull and disconnected character, and while Jeanne Tripplehorn is a long way from a bad actress she does look uncomfortable here and her line delivery is wooden. "Magnum Opus" also signals a fairly rare case of me feeling absolutely nothing for the unsub, this unsub is too vanilla and rather dense and there is nothing creepy, menacing, conflicting or interesting about him. More often than not, the unsubs on 'Criminal Minds' are solidly to brilliantly played, can't say so for the very weak performance of John Patrick Amedori who seemed to have no idea how to portray the character.

Regarding the story, it is one of the season's most pedestrian and considering that there is very little special about the case and very little atmosphere let alone creepiness, tension or suspense there is an indication of the show running out of ideas. That the unsub (also revealed too early and shown too much) is a complete misfire of a character doesn't help, nor does the lazy writing for the case (with the profiling and psychology criminally under-utilised) or undistinguished direction.

In summary, pretty mediocre and pedestrian episode. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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