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The Inspired 

The team is called back to Glendale, Arizona, when it is determined that who was arrested for the praying mantis murders was the wrong person. They did not apprehend Wallace Hines as they ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Garcia
Wallace Hines / Jesse Gentry (as Fred Koehler)
Sgt. Lynne Johnson
Heather Clarke
Elizabeth Nash (as Dominique Razón)
Jean Clarke


The team is called back to Glendale, Arizona, when it is determined that who was arrested for the praying mantis murders was the wrong person. They did not apprehend Wallace Hines as they thought, but rather Jesse Gentry, who they learn is Wallace's twin brother and was given up for adoption when he was a child. The two did not know of the other growing up. A paralegal, Jesse has a strong legal team, headed by his boss Mark Anderson, who threatens to sue the FBI if they continue to "harass" Jesse in any way. The team knows that Jesse is involved in the case in some manner as his reappearance after all these years cannot be coincidental. They also learn that Carla Hines is not as innocent as she first appeared, as in their search for Wallace and going through her house, they find that she tried to burn evidence, the nature of that evidence which they do not know. But they determine that that evidence probably has to do with whoever the twins' biological father, whose identity Carla has... Written by Huggo

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2 October 2013 (USA)  »

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An improvement on "The Inspiration", very much less than inspired however
27 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

While being marginally better than two of the show's low-points "200" and "The Black Queen", "The Inspiration" was a disappointing start to Season 9 and quite easily the worst season premiere of 'Criminal Minds'.

The story just didn't grip me, with a lack of momentum and creepiness, further disadvantaged by a less than interesting or menacing unsub, gratuitous and quite frankly disgusting shock value, a really strange feeling throughout and one particularly cringe-worthy scene. There are a few nice moments in the script though, the leads are fine and their team dynamic despite needing to be there much more and the production values don't disappoint.

Coming onto "The Inspired", it is an improvement over "The Inspiration", with the gratuitous shock value gone and the twins twist given a plausible explanation (something that it was begging for in the previous episode). The inconsistencies of "The Inspiration" (like the obsession with the praying mantis) are also given explanation, there is more focus on the psychology, and explanation for why the women were killed.

Production values are once again very high, with lots of grit, atmosphere and class. The music is moody in a haunting sense, the leads are all on top form, the team dynamic while needing to be focused on more is endearing and one has to love how Reid reacts well to the mentally ill. The best thing about "The Inspired" is Camryn Manheim, her role is more developed and interesting from a seemingly innocent character in "The Inspiration" to a character who is not what she seems, if anything the catalyst for evil, and Manheim is a revelation.

However, apart from significant improvements the story is still not engaging enough, being both dull and over-the-top with a distinct lack of tension and suspense. The twist is too much of an in-your-face cliché, and the climax is incredibly corny and belongs more in the 90s (and it would even have been out of date then). The script does lack tautness, and the unsubs just don't come across as twisted, crazy or menacing enough, almost somewhat goofy. Fred Koehler does what he can, but is a little bland.

In conclusion, while it improves quite vastly on the season premiere "The Inspired" is still less than inspired. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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