"Lo-Fi" is an episode of Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, and Shemar Moore. People who apparently have nothing in common are being shot randomly in New York City and the team must determine whether it is the work of a single shooter or a team.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... David Rossi
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Aaron Hotchner
... Kate Joyner
... William LaMontagne Jr.
... Detective Cooper
... Detective Brustin
... Lisa Bartleby (as Moe Daniels)
... Cop #2
... Man
... Shelly


People who seemingly have nothing in common are shot at random. The BAU is dispatched to New York, where they have to determine if the shootings of victims at point blank range are the work of a single killer or a team of killers. The BAU discovers is deadlier to them than they anticipated. Written by Anonymous

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21 May 2008 (USA)  »

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When the initial murder takes place at the subway station, the victim and shooter have the wall to their right and the posts and train to their left, with the shooter between the victim and the wall. When the murder is shown again on surveillance, the relative positions are the same except that the shooter and victim are facing the opposite direction, with the wall on their left and the posts/train on their right. See more »


Kate Joyner: No self-respecting cop wants to have his arse kicked by some broad with a posh British accent.
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Season 3 had never been more tense
26 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Absolutely agree that "Lo-Fi" was a magnificent finale, one of the show's best season finales along with "The Fisher King Part 1". In fact, it is one of the two best episodes of Season 3 along with "Elephat's Memory" (one of the show's most poignant episodes).

Don't agree personally that Season 3 has been mediocre. Sure, the episodes between "Doubt" and "Children of the Dark" suffered from having to work around the abrupt departure of Gideon, but they did do a much better job than expected considering the circumstances. Rossi's first appearance in "About Face" was also a little shaky and the team dynamic was understandably awkward on-screen and perhaps off-screen too, but again it could have been worse considering.

However, to me there were some very good episodes indeed, "Children of the Dark" and "Seven Seconds" was when Season 3 started to get great, and while not everybody liked "True Night" there was a huge amount to like about that episode as well. Remember liking "3rd Life" very much too. While there were a handful of very good to great episodes, the two outstanding ones were "Elephant's Memory" and "Lo-Fi".

For starters, "Lo-Fi" is the most tense and most unpredictable Season 3 episode. The tension and suspense piles on and on to a terrifying degree while there are plenty of twists, turns and quite ingenious red herrings, the beginning setting the tone of the episode superbly. The killings are too some of the show's boldest and most risky, and "Lo-Fi" not once loses sight or forgets what makes 'Criminal Minds' such a good show a good deal of the time (something that the mostly very disappointing Season 11 made the inexplicable mistake of doing). The pacing is very quick but just about avoids being rushed, while the cliff-hanger ending is pretty frightening.

"Lo-Fi" is as always an incredibly well-made episode, a lot of style but an equal amount of class and grit. There is some very good choice of background music as well, atmospheric and with the occasional air of melancholy. The script is taut and smart, with enough tension to bite the nails and great team dynamic, characterisation throughout the episode is simply excellent and some of the best of the season along with "Seven Seconds" and "Elephant's Memory".

The acting is very good from all involved, lead and supporting. Hard to decide who stood out because absolutely nobody was bad.

Overall, a brilliant episode and one of the best of the episode. Need to re-watch the Season 4 opener "Mayhem", but it has a huge amount to live up to to be as good as this. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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