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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Episode complete credited cast:
... Jason Gideon
... Aaron Hotchner
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Professor Ursula Kent
... Kenneth Roberts
Gary Werntz ... Dr. Emory Cooke
... Dr. Betsy Brazier
... Special Agent Nick Casey
... Cassandra Atkins


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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8 November 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Werntz, who plays Dr Emory Cooke, plays a character whose surname is Hotchner in Deep Impact. Aaron Hotchner is head of the behavioral analysis team. See more »


When Spencer Reid is speed-reading 'Empty Planet' in Professor Kent's office while she watches, the actual book is the fantasy novel "Shadowed By Wings," by author Janine Cross. See more »


[last lines]
Derek Morgan: [quoting Spencer] "A young man that I respect is putting his life on the line"?
Dr. Spencer Reid: [to stares] What?
Derek Morgan: Gideon, I couldn't leave that lady alone to die.
Jason Gideon: I didn't say you were wrong.
Jason Gideon: And what he said I said...
Derek Morgan: Yeah?
Jason Gideon: I said.
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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'Criminal Minds' brings literature into life
20 January 2017 | by See 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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