A detective presents himself at the BAU, asking for help because the homeless in his area have begun to disappear.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason Gideon
... Aaron Hotchner
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Cal McGee (as Kristoffer Winters)
... Maggie
... Capt. Wright
... Charles Holcombe
... Steven
... Old Nate
Mary Gillis ... Mona
... Benny


Kansas City, Kansas Police Detective Cal McGee believes that street people in the city are being abducted and probably murdered. While others believe that the decrease in crime is due to his good work in getting the homeless off the street - he recently won a meritorious service award for doing such - he, with copious notes of those he sees on the streets, knows of sixty-three of those people whose whereabouts are no longer known. He also received a letter stating that the award was given to him without him doing any of the work. There is no official case so the BAU cannot get involved. While the rest of team work on putting together a profile of the unsub abductor, Hotch, with J.J. and on her urging, decides to go to Kansas City to at least speak to the KCPD about the detective's theory. This move is despite Hotch's feeling that Detective McGee is mentally unstable himself - he is displaying signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder. McGee's superior, Captain Wright, shows obvious ... Written by Huggo

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9 May 2007 (USA)  »

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As the unsub is wheeling his victims down the hallway before killing them, he whistles "Joanna" from Sweeney Todd, a musical about a serial killer; The musical, in turn, is based on the serial murders at The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook, England in the 17th century. See more »


As McGee continually gathers up and stacks his booklets during the initial meeting with the team, the stacks vary in size and position as the camera cuts to different angles. See more »


Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: What's this?
Jason Gideon: It's genius
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: You have Chaplin on film?
Jason Gideon: My great-granddad was an accountant at one of the first movie studios
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: He lived in California?
Jason Gideon: No, no, no, Chicago. Essanay Studios, closed 1920. Back then, 4 out of 5 movies made in US were made in Chicago. They closed down, they let my grandfather take a... , eh, a couple of extra prints home
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: They "let" him?
Jason Gideon: Well, that's a family story, we're sticking to it
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'Criminal Minds' and the homeless

When on form, and even better at its best, 'Criminal Minds' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows and is a personal favourite. It is nowhere near as good now, but there are still good to great episodes made every now and then when the show doesn't forget what it's about, but Seasons 1-5 was its prime period.

Season 2 was a mostly solid season for 'Criminal Minds'. Boasting great episodes such as "The Fisher King Part II", "Sex, Birth, Death", "North Mammon", "The Boogeyman", the "No Way Out" episodes, "Revelations" and "Profiler, Profiled", with almost all the episodes missing that very high standard still being strong. The only real odd-one out, meaning barely average, was "Honor Among Thieves", while "Aftermath" was also a lesser episode it was still decent whereas "Honor Among Thieves" even strained average level.

Very like "Distress", also from Season 2, whether "Legacy" is a 'Criminal Minds' episode that one can watch over and over, with a subject matter and the way it's done hard to watch, is up for debate. In no way is this a fault, because it was an intriguing (and for 'Criminal Minds' pretty different) concept (if one that initially doesn't leave one bursting to see it) executed very well. Anyone who initially had a negative view on the homeless and the other kinds of victims are likely to no longer feel that way watching this episode, one feels very sorry for the victims here. It also left me feeling somewhat thankful for not being part of any of the groups targeted.

There may be 'Criminal Minds' episodes with more character development than here, for example the unsub is somewhat underdeveloped here. This said, it's hardly devoid of it, who can't help love the chemistry between Gideon and Hotch or the subtlety of the relationship between Prentiss and Morgan. Not to mention the Charlie Chaplin scenes (a delight for film aficionados) and Reid with the prostitutes. The chemistry between the team and how they work so cohesively is nothing short of magical and integral to the show's appeal.

On a visual level, "Legacy" is without complaint. 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, never once being distracting. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe, and all of the pacing is spot-on.

The script is thought-provoking, tautly paced and structured and nicely balanced. The story is absorbing and clever in construction, also being by far one of the early seasons' darkest, most suspenseful (the episode being rich in it, especially in the fate of the latest victim), saddest and gruesome (but not gratuitously so) cases. The acting is very good, who can't help love Mandy Patinkin and Matthew Gray Gubler.

In conclusion, a great episode and another winner from a mostly strong season. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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