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Final Shot 

On a lunch hour in crowded Archer Plaza in Dallas, Texas, a sniper, firing twelve shots, manages to kill six people. The BAU has to figure out if it is a random attack, a targeted attack, a... See full summary »

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Bethany Rooney

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Jeff Davis (created by), Sharon Lee Watson
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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
Eva LaRue ... Agent Tanya Mays
Mike Colter ... Colin Bramwell
John M. Jackson ... Agent Malcolm Hollins
Yetide Badaki ... Maya Carcani
Blake Gibbons ... Adam Dawson
Suanne Spoke ... Nancy Summers
Kate Comer ... Casey
Aly Sykes ... Brooke
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On a lunch hour in crowded Archer Plaza in Dallas, Texas, a sniper, firing twelve shots, manages to kill six people. The BAU has to figure out if it is a random attack, a targeted attack, a terrorist attack - homegrown or foreign - or even something related to the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the shooting death of John F. Kennedy. The six unrelated victims were killed in different parts of the plaza, the remaining six bullets splattered elsewhere throughout the plaza, leading to the team initially believing that it was a random attack by someone who was a bad shooter. But the nature of the six killed leads them ultimately to believe that the sniper was indeed an excellent shot, with the six non-fatal bullets being red herrings. They have to look at the backgrounds of the six dead to see who was the intended target or targets. Reid is able to narrow the target list to three, and most likely no more than two, the remaining victims being collateral damage. When a second sniper ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

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9 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Colin was part of the South African Special Forces, which implies that he is South African, yet his accent is definitely not South African. See more »

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Aaron Hotchner: We're looking for an LDSK, or a long-distance serial killer. He's a very skilled marksman with a god complex.
Derek Morgan: He derives pleasure out of remaining unseen and determining the fates of people from afar.
Jennifer Jareau: He's criminally sophisticated and methodical, concealing his method of ingress and egress, leaving little evidence behind in the sniper perches.
Alex Blake: This suggests a great deal of experience, so this unsub has a military or a law enforcement background, possibly even Special Forces.
Dr. Spencer Reid: His victims at ...
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In the Embers
Written by Ryan O'Neal
Performed by Sleeping At Last
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The case of the sniper
26 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With 'Criminal Minds', some seasons are better than others and every season has a mixture of outstanding, great, very good, good, average, mediocre and bad episodes. This said, lesser episodes of Seasons 1-4 (with possible exception of "Machismo") are better than the lesser episodes of Season 6 onward.

Season 9 generally is one of the weakest 'Criminal Minds' seasons, and due to a wider divide between the best and worst episodes one of the show's most inconsistent. There are some good/great episodes like "Gabby", "The Caller", "Angels"/"Demons", and also underwhelming ones such as "Mr and Mrs Anderson", "The Inspiration" (the show's worst season premiere)/"The Inspired" and two of the show's low-points "200" and "The Black Queen".

Like was said with "Rabid", "Final Shot" is not quite an outstanding episode but is a very good. As far as Season 9 goes, it is one of the better episodes and is a huge improvement over "The Inspiration" and "The Inspired" that preceded it. Only a couple of things stop it from being even better.

Eva LaRue feels underused in an underwritten part, functioning seemingly mainly as serving the audience's purpose in the episode and asking the questions. "Final Shot" did take a somewhat strange turn at the end, to me the battered woman's shelter getting mixed up with a paramilitary group didn't make quite as much sense as it potentially could have done and felt like it was thrown in from another episode.

Much of "Final Shot" was incredibly well done. It was a very exciting and suspenseful case that reminds one of the early years, with lots of classic profiling, seeing a glimpse of the unsub but not their face and not knowing their identity and true motivations until much later on, delightful team interaction and character moments and even a scene where we're walked through the crime.

There are lots of surprises, twists, turns and misdirection without being too much or convoluted. A definite highlight was Morgan and JJ's prison interrogation with the vile racist inmate Adam Dawson (played with relish by Blake Gibbons). Rossi, Reid and Garcia all have some great lines.

Visually, the production values in "Final Shot" are 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, without either enhancing or distracting from the atmosphere. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe. The script is very thought-provoking and often leaves one surprised and shocked.

All the acting from the leads is very good, and while Gibbons is the standout of the supporting turns one does feel sorry for Yetide Bedaki's character.

In summary, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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