Immediately following the Ecstacy case in New York City, the Replicator has hacked into Garcia's computer system, on which he posts photographs of each of the team members in New York and ... See full summary »

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Immediately following the Ecstacy case in New York City, the Replicator has hacked into Garcia's computer system, on which he posts photographs of each of the team members in New York and his "Zugzwang" calling card. Although he has taunted most of the team members individually in the past, he seems to focus his attention on one team member while in New York. That focus, another calling card left by the Replicator in what he believes is from a past case, and that he seems to have easy access to almost anywhere the team has access, leads to the team believing he works within the bureau. Looking at what the Replicator has done up to this point in time, they also believe the motive for his actions has something to do with what was the feud between Blake and Strauss. Even if the team does determine the identity of the Replicator, they have to tread carefully as the Replicator has thus far been able to manipulate the team into what he has wanted them to do, and his final end move may take ... Written by Huggo

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Joe Mantegna and Mark Hamill are two of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on The Simpsons (1989). Coincidentally, they both appear in The Simpsons: Mayored to the Mob (1998). See more »

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Rossi mistakenly gives the year 1986 when the Tylenol poisonings took place. It occurred in 1982. See more »

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Aaron Hotchner: Dave, a figure 8?
David Rossi: That's what it look like. I just sent you all a picture
Dr. Spencer Reid: Maybe it's an infinity symbol
Alex Blake: Well, if it's infinity, he could be boasting "I'll go on forever"?
Derek Morgan: Or if it's an 8. Strauss was his 8th victim
Jennifer Jareau: And the unofficial 8th member of our team
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.148 (2013) See more »

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A season finale that fizzles more than it enthrals
6 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a shame! "The Replicator" had the potential to be good, and could have been a great resolution to potentially one of 'Criminal Minds' better on-going story arcs. That is wasted by "The Replicator" being a contender for the worst of all the season finales.

It's not all bad. Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler are particularly strong of the regulars, who are all dependably solid, while Jeanne Tripplehorn is easily the best of the Prentiss replacements (particularly love her chemistry with Reid on her two-season stint on the show). Jayne Atkinson is good in her final episode.

As ever with 'Criminal Minds', "The Replicator" is stylishly and atmospherically made, and decently directed. The music is suitably haunting and is not over-used, fitting well with the atmosphere and never distracting if not quite enhancing. The theme tune is still memorable, and the final scene is quite touching.

However, the story is the biggest let-down. Pace-wise it can really plod, and the psychological profiling and team dynamic while still present does play second fiddle to everything with Curtis and Strauss, which is not as interesting as it should be. The episode generally is lacking in tension, tautness or suspense, and it is dull, implausible (difficult to believe that The Replicator had the time to commit his crimes, and his reason/motivation seems rather extreme) and sometimes convoluted. The hugely disappointing execution of the story here is enough to bring the rating down three or four points.

Mark Hamill goes through the motions as Curtis in a performance that is not creepy enough, and neither evokes menace or dimension like the most memorable of unsubs. In the previous episodes covering this story arc, The Replicator had the potential to be as notorious and as formidable as the likes of George Foyet, Billy Flynn or Frank Breitkopf, but he isn't as memorable or believable here. The dialogue is not as tight, well-balanced and thought-provoking, instead it feels bland.

Overall, a contender for the weakest and biggest waste-of-potential season finales of 'Criminal Minds', fizzing more than it enthrals and ending on a whimper than a bang. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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