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The Internet Is Forever 

A serial killer in Boise, Idaho is revealed to have been posting his murders on the Internet, accumulating quite a collection of fans in the process.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Jonathan Goldstein ... Detective John Fordham
Ned Schmidtke ... Austin Chapman
Tyler Jacob Moore ... Brad
Reece Rios ... Unsub / Robert Johnson
Karen Forest Karen Forest ... Norma Renmar
Ian Vogt ... David Caston
Deborah Puette ... Louise Hightower
Sarah Lieving ... Lucy Masters


Three young women have gone missing from Boise, Idaho in the last six months, each abducted from their home without signs of forced entry. Through Garcia, the BAU learn that the unsub is tracking these women through social networking sites, and that the unsub, using those sites to tell the victims' friends that "they are on vacation". The BAU assume the unsub has already murdered his victims. The BAU find out how the unsub manages to get into the houses when they find evidence in the houses. They also quickly learn that the unsub is using the Internet for more than just tracking his victims. When Reid figures out the similar physical characteristics of the victims, the team are able to put together a profile. As the BAU get closer to figuring out who the unsub is and his next potential victim, he becomes more brazen by taunting the BAU who he knows is watching him. It becomes a war between computer expert Garcia against the unsub computer expert. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

19 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The "boy band" line that Hotch says to Reid at the beginning was ad-libbed by Thomas Gibson. See more »


Penelope Garcia: Now, I can't tell you who the unsub is pretending to be now, but since a picture is worth a thousand databases, I can tell you who he was
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Spoofs Schindler's List (1993) See more »


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Started incredibly promisingly, fell apart at the end
24 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"The Internet is Forever" is not one of the best of Season 5, like "...A Thousand Words", "100", "The Uncanny Valley" and "Mosley Lane".

It's also not one of the weakest, being better than the likes of "Hopeless", "The Performer" and "Parasite". Memories of "The Fight" are vague but also remember that being a lesser episode and that in serving as a pilot for its vastly inferior spin-off 'Suspect Behaviour' (never got into that show, and 'Beyond Borders' is even worse) it didn't feel like 'Criminal Minds'.

Computer and internet experts will despair at the numerous inaccuracies and poor technological research here, then again this is not the first, last or even the worst time that 'Criminal Minds' has had inaccuracies and been criticised for it. A reason for why the unsub committed his crimes would have been welcome too, if there was one it should have been much clearer because for somebody who never has trouble paying attention to this show and very rarely having issues understanding it that went over my head.

As has been said in the previous review, which makes some very good points about the episode but noticeably much more harsh than mine, "The Internet Is Forever" falls apart at the end. It's rushed, implausible and illogical, almost like 'Criminal Minds' had gone into fantasy land, to the point of bordering on incomprehensible. And this is a real shame, as up to then "The Internet Is Forever" was not a bad episode at all, far from it.

One strength is the atmosphere, with it definitely being in the top 3 of the creepiest Season 5 episodes along with "Mosley Lane" and "Our Darkest Hour". The beginning is beautifully shot and chilling, and the episode is spooky and suspenseful with a lot to say about the dangers of the internet. While the delivery is not exactly subtle, then again considering the show and the subject that was not unexpected, that it's not exactly new information (everyone knows that while a lot of fun and rewarding the internet is also dangerous in many ways) and it's somewhat of a one-sided view, the points that are made are excellent and are true.

Production values are high in quality as always, being shot and lit with a dark grit and class, while the music is haunting and moody and the direction keeping the tension alert while letting the story breathe. The script, inaccuracies aside, is thought-provoking, and while the story in general is not new conceptually for a 'Criminal Minds' concept at that point there are few episodes like it. It is a diverting story, rich in atmosphere, and with enough sinister twists and turns to please fans.

No complaints about the acting either, which is excellent all round. Particularly Joe Mantegna, helped by Rossi being perhaps the most interesting he's been all season. Wouldn't have said no to more Reid though, a character that's generally been underused this season.

On the whole, falls apart at the ends but a good episode with a startling opening that promised what could have potentially been one of the season's best but it doesn't quite make it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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