Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The BAU travel to Rapid City after two male victims are discovered murdered in a ritualistic manner. Also, Reid continues to grieve over Maeve's death.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Angela Bettis ... Tess Mynock
David Hoflin ... Chad Dumont
John Posey ... Detective Tom Landry
Cooper Huckabee ... Raoul Whalen
Beth Riesgraf ... Dr. Maeve Donovan
Kate McDaniel ... Amber Moxley
Claudia Christian ... Agent Gretchen Stern
John Kerry ... Eli Grohl


The team travels to Rapid City, South Dakota after Reid, who is suffering from insomnia, stumbles across a case. Two thirtysomething men in separate incidents were found dismembered in the area, one in Rapid City, another in a nearby native reserve. The men were also poisoned with a natural herb. Both men were also not local, they being associated with the seasonal logging industry. When a third man, Chad Dumont, goes missing, he who is also not local but a military man on furlough, the team refocuses on the non-local aspect. Ritualistic markings on the bodies also leads to the team looking into the native angle as well as the naturopathic angle. After doing further interviews, they determine that the unsub is a woman who is luring the men away using the ruse of sex. The team has to piece together all these clues to find the unsub and her motivation. Meanwhile, Rossi tries to help Reid understand the cause of and deal with his insomnia. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

1 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The name of the newspaper Reid presented to Rossi was titled 'Rapid City Sentinel.' The actual name of Rapid City's newspaper is 'The Rapid City Journal.' See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [closing, voiceover] J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil."
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Written by Ann Farina, Johnny Farina, and Santo Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
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For Season 8, very good
11 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a fan of 'Criminal Minds', Season 8 has been a mixed bag while not as variable as Seasons 6 and 9 or as underwhelming as 11.

There are good episodes such as "All That Remains", "God Complex", "The Good Earth" and "The Lesson", and also some disappointing ones like "Magnificent Light", "Through the Looking Glass", "The Wheels on the Bus" and "The Replicator" (potentially good story arc, and a quite effective one for most of the season, that fizzles out badly which was a shame), not to mention a mostly decent "Zugzwang" before frustrating with its slap-in-the-face ending.

"Alchemy" is from personal opinion one of the better episodes of the season. It's not classic 'Criminal Minds' and not the show at its very best, but it's a very well done episode that does a good job with a concept that stands out from most of the other episodes of Season 8.

By all means, not perfect. It is a little rushed in places with a story that would work even better with a longer length. And, while she grew on me in Season 9 and had her moments in Season 8 (especially in her chemistry with Reid), Blake comes over as a cold and dull character and it is strange that she was quickly accepted into the team but too many times in Season 8 it was like she didn't fit. Have nothing against Jeanne Tripplehorn, far from it, but she does have in this episode too much of the delivery of a lecturer.

On the other hand, have nothing to complain about with the production values, 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, without either enhancing or distracting from it. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe and the script is one of the tightest and focused ones all season.

Really enjoyed the story. The case was tense, creepy and suspenseful with a suitably loathsome unsub and a gruesome killing method. Even better was the family-like and truly endearing team interaction, Reid's grief is dealt with touchingly, the ending is sweet, uplifting and poignant and Rossi provides some very funny humour that is well-timed and placed. The team work cohesively and there is a better balance of focus than most Season 8 episodes.

Lastly, the acting is very good with the sole exception of Tripplehorn and that is more to do with the character herself.

In conclusion, very good Season 8 episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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