Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Empty Planet 

When a bomber targets Seattle, the BAU has to determine if it's a protest group or an individual with a much different agenda.

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Elodie Keene

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Edward Napier (as Ed Napier) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
JoBeth Williams ... Professor Ursula Kent
Jamie Elman ... Kenneth Roberts
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Dr. Emory Cooke
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Dr. Betsy Brazier
Tom Choi ... Special Agent Nick Casey
Jennifer Jalene ... Cassandra Atkins
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Storyline

A man sends ominous phone messages to cities around the US before detonating his first, light pipe-bomb hidden in an umbrella, with remote he dumps on the street nearby, on a bus for 25 in Seattle, only two dead, 7 wounded, he even included peas softening the blow. After crossed robot-logo carved on the bomb links the killer to FFT, an anti-technology-group with a violent actions record, his initial profile is a local loner, smart, organized, aloof, possibly self-employed, moody... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Dr. Brazier recites "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart" As she waits for them to remove the bomb. This is from Psalm 31:24. "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." See more »

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Given the frequency and deadliness of prior bombs, there is no conceivable situation in which the bomb squad would allow so many unprotected people to remain so close to the professor's car while it was being disarmed. See more »

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[Opening Quote]
Jason Gideon: Robspierre wrote: "Crime butchers innocence to secure prize and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime."
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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'Criminal Minds' brings literature into life
20 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"Empty Planet" is not among the best episodes of Season 2, like "Profiler, Profiled", "Revelations", "The Fisher King Part II", "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman". It's hardly the worst though, being better than "Aftermath" and especially "Honor Among Thieves" (somewhat of the odd one out in a strong season).

It isn't perfect by all means. Was expecting a much better developed and interesting unsub, 'Criminal Minds' have some great unsubs and often do a great job fleshing them out, making us truly hate them or feel sorry for them. Didn't really feel either of those with this unsub, who came over more bland than threatening and too one-dimensional and shallow. The beginning doesn't immediately draw one in either and feels on the strange and lacking in momentum side.

As always (with a few exceptions like "The Thirteenth Step", "Hopeless" and "The Fight") with 'Criminal Minds', "Empty Planet" looks great, being beautifully shot and made with a lot of style and atmosphere. The music is suitably haunting and melancholic.

The script is intelligent and thought-provoking, while once the momentum gets going the story is very absorbing and makes the most of an initially odd but actually fascinating and beautifully done concept of bringing literature into life. Particularly good are the latter scenes, with an edge of your seat and moving scene with Morgan and Dr Brazier as they try and save her life and the revenge/hostage parts being done with a lot of suspense.

Regarding the team, they are not as warm in chemistry as they usually are (Morgan and Garcia excepted), but are hardly disconnected. They also serve their purpose well in the story and work great together as a team. While there could have been more little character moments and such, the last scene on the jet in particular between Gideon and Morgan is beautifully done.

All the acting is strong, lead and supporting. All in all, a very nicely done if not quite great episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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