Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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Magnum Opus 

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.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Jason Bernero (as Jason J. Bernero) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
John Patrick Amedori ... Bryan Hughes
Jamie Luner ... Madison Riley
Anna George ... Barbara Moore
Brian Mulligan ... Andre
Craig Watkinson ... Det. Lennon Miles
John R. Colley ... Alan Archer
Malachi Weir ... Tre
Amy M. Morgan Amy M. Morgan ... 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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Jamie Luner, who plays a gallery owner, played Rachel Burke on Profiler (1996). Both of these shows are about FBI profilers. See more »


Garcia says the second victim's body was found near a cable-car stop in San Francisco's Mission District, but none of San Francisco's three cable-car lines go anywhere near the Mission District. See more »


Jennifer Jareau: Thought I'd check on Spence on my way into work.
Penelope Garcia: Yeah, me too.
Jennifer Jareau: Are these all from you?
Penelope Garcia: Maybe.
Jennifer Jareau: What's in that one?
Penelope Garcia: Mixed nuts and seeds. I'm trying to think of something that will help him feel better. So I went Reid-like and I did a bunch of research and it turns out that nuts and seeds have naturally occurring magnesium, and magnesium influences the production of serotonin, which is the happy-happy-joy-joy chemical in your brain. I don't know.
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References The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) See more »


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Pedestrian episode and an indication of the show running out of ideas
11 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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