Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Extreme Aggressor 

The team travels to Seattle to find the captor of four missing women.

Director:

Richard Shepard

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Jeff Davis
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Lukas Haas ... Clerk (The Footpath Killer)
DJ Qualls ... Richard Slessman
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Andrew Jackson ... Tim Vogel
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Chelah Horsdal ... Heather Woodland
David Lewis ... David Woodland
Louise Grant Louise Grant ... Mrs. Slessman
Hiro Kanagawa ... Seattle ASAC (as Hiro Kangawa)
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Storyline

Supervisory Special Agent Jason Gideon returns to the Behavioral Analysis Unit after an extended medical leave, and BAU team leader Aaron Hotchner must secretly evaluate Gideon's performance. Gideon's first case upon his return involves tracking down an unsub (unknown subject) in Seattle before he kills his latest kidnap victim. Written by Mark Cabot

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In this episode, Gideon profiles a killer and correctly predicts that he would have a speech impediment. This was based on a real-life case investigated by FBI agent John Douglas, former chief of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit. See more »

Goofs

When Reid and Morgan are trying to figure out the computer password, they pull Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" out of the CD tray, and Reid guesses that the password is "Enter Sandman", but that track is not on that CD. So it's not possible for the killer to listen to that track when falling asleep. (When Reid suggests "Enter Sandman" it is in response to Morgan saying "I'm an insomniac who listens to Metallica to fall asleep at night. What song could possibly speak to me?" Also the CD is in the laptop computer. When Morgan lays down on the bed he reaches over his head and pulls down a portable CD player with headphones, which is probably what Richard listens to while trying to fall asleep.) See more »

Quotes

Derek Morgan: Next time, show a little leg
Elle Greenaway: Morgan! The only time you gonnal see a leg from me is when I'm about to kick your ass!
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Connections

References Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Music
Written by Frank Black
Performed by Pixies
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Great start to 'Criminal Minds'
4 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not quite one of the best of the entire show, but one of the better episodes of Season 1 and a great start 'Criminal Minds', which apart from some seasons better than others and the episodes not consistent in quality is still one of my favourites overall.

"Extreme Aggressor" looks great, love the dark and gritty and always stylish and classy look which is consistent throughout. The haunting and hypnotic music fits very well and never distracts, even if not quite enhancing it.

The script is taut and thought-provoking (like the bookend quotations and the psychological profiling), the case is complex and well-developed without being convoluted and is never dull and full of tension and suspense. Also love the chemistry of the team and while the unsub's screen time is not much (not a bad thing) he brings a real creepiness.

'Criminal Minds' leads were developed even better later, but even so early on their personalities are well established. The direction is more than solid as is the case a lot of the time with the show. The acting is top-notch, though Lola Glaudini this reviewer has already been somewhat cold and Elle is a character I've never really warmed to and Kirsten Vangsness while still quirky and charming is underused.

Mandy Patinkin is very commanding though, Thomas Gibson excels in giving a suitable stoic seriousness, Matthew Gray Gubler is a breath of fresh air (Reid has always been a favourite) and Shemar Moore is appropriately tough and gritty. Andrew Jackson is also chilling as Tim Vogel.

Overall, a great start. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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