A serial killer in Bend, Oregon is deliberately killing people by running them over with his car.A serial killer in Bend, Oregon is deliberately killing people by running them over with his car.A serial killer in Bend, Oregon is deliberately killing people by running them over with his car.
'Criminal Minds' have attempted format breakers, changes of pace and doing things differently numerous times over the course of its now 12 season run, before and since "Roadkill". This said, success has varied, sometimes doing something different has worked very well, sometimes it is a noble attempt but doesn't quite make it and at other times it falls flat. "Roadkill" is an example of 'Criminal Minds' doing something different (with a very unique modus operandi that is very much new for the show) and it working.
Part of me however did want more development for the unsub, who we don't quite know enough about to properly hate or feel sorry for. Also, the climactic moment of the otherwise nail-biting climax (where one really does care what happens to the next potential victim and whether the unsub succeeds) is sloppily edited and sticks out like a sore thumb compared to how good the rest of the episode looks.
On the other hand, "Roadkill" looks great, as ever made with style, class and gritty atmosphere. The music is suitably haunting and moody, and the direction and pacing are taut.
"Roadkill" is tautly and intelligently scripted, probing thought and not making things simplistic or too complicated while including all the necessary ingredients that makes 'Criminal Minds' so great (in its prime that is). The story is gripping throughout, loved the unique modus operandi and that the viewer is pulled under the rug with a jolt at the point where they think that the case has been figured out. The murders have tense build-up and enough to make one squirm in their seats, though particularly standing out are the scenes with Gill Bonner, was really touched by the small scene between Gill and JJ, and the completely unexpected twist. The Garcia/Kevin moments have humour and heart.
The acting is as good as can be, all the regular leads are top-notch and love their close knit and tight chemistry together, and Dale Midkiff plays guilt-ridden Gill with a lot of poignancy, the character's guilt really resonating and the closure he gets is movingly done.
In conclusion, a different 'Criminal Minds' episode and it works. 8/10 Bethany Cox
- Jan 22, 2017