Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Scream 

Peter Folkmore was an abused child and is an abuser as an adult. He captures women and abuses them for not reciting the exact instruction Peter gives them.

Director:

Hanelle M. Culpepper (as Hanelle Culpepper)

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Kimberly A. Harrison (as Kimberly Ann Harrison)
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Cast

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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Greg Grunberg ... Chris Callahan
Brian Poth Brian Poth ... Peter Folkmore
Lisa Brenner ... Greta Thomas
Martin Kove ... John Folkmore
Tyee Tilghman ... Det. Davenport
Hailey Sole ... Meg Callahan
Taylor Mosby ... Markayla Davis
Livia Treviño ... Dr. Felicia Campo, M.E.
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The BAU heads to Los Angeles, California where two women, in separate incidents, were found murdered in the suburb of Diamond Bar. Both were young, brunette, bound in their captivity, their throats ultimately slashed, and their bodies dumped in dumpsters. Neither women was sexually assaulted, and the M.E. later finds that both women died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head, the throat slashing done postmortem. The team also learns, following interviews, that both women suffered from self-esteem issues. When a third woman, Greta Thomas, is abducted, the team believes the unsub watched domestic abuse of his father beating his mother when he was growing up, these victims being surrogates for his mother, who did not do anything to stop the abuse. In searching through old domestic abuse cases in the area hidden as "accidents" by the females, the team thinks they have found the identity of the unsub and what he is trying to accomplish with his current victims. Meanwhile, Kate ... Written by Huggo

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Brian Poth, who plays the unsub, and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Agent Callahan) were on a tv show called "Kids Incorporated" in the 80s (Poth as a dancer from 1987-1988 and Hewitt from 1990-1991) This show also featured Fergie from Black Eyed Peas, Mario Lopez, and Brittany Murphy See more »

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After Meg and Markayla send their picture, the man types: "You two are gorgeous." (with a full stop), but when he presses Reply, the full stop is gone as can be seen in the chat window. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Jareau: Both were technical single. They could have been looking to meet new people. Maybe that was his in
Dr. Spencer Reid: Raymond Fernandez used to place personal ads in the newspaper. He would seduce and rob the woman who answered them
Jennifer Jareau: The unsub could be a lonely hearts killer
Dr. Spencer Reid: Maybe he hunts his victims in places where singles hang out. You know bars, nightclubs, chess tournaments
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Soundtracks

Cosi Fan Tutte: Una Donna A Quindici Anni
Performed by: Compagnia D'Opera Italiana & Angela Venturino & Antonello Gotta
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Some good things spoilt by the episode's writing being so unbalanced
12 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When good, or even at its best, 'Criminal Minds' was one of my favourites, and it is still one of my most watched and re-watched shows.

Season 10 had a few great episodes like the terrifying "Mr Scratch", the poignant "Nelson's Sparrow", the powerful "The Forever People" (not a popular choice actually probably) and the tense "Rock Creek Park". "Lockdown" also was a solid episode. At the same there were also poor episodes such as "Breath Play" (harmed by too much emphasis on the Meg subplot and the case being somewhat uncompelling and the creepiness overdone to the point of unintentional weirdness), the very strange and not in a good way "If the Shoe Fit" and "Hashtag" and "The Boys of Sudworth Place" being wastes of quite good ideas. "Burn" was also spoilt by the far too melodramatic Garcia subplot.

There are some good things about "Scream". The production values are still very high in style and atmosphere. The music is moody and haunting, the use of music in the opening scene with the unsub, despite actually being a aria sung by a comedic character, proved to be an ominous fit, due to making the point that people and their lives are not what they seem. The episode does make a very good point about how much domestic violence affects mothers, children and any victim really, and puts it across well.

Some of the acting is good, AJ Cook and Jennifer Love Hewitt (surprisingly, usually have a problem with both her and the character Kate) are both fine and Matthew Gray Gubler does very well with what he has (which is sadly not a lot). In support a very creepy Brian Poth and sparkling Greg Grunberg are particularly note-worthy, and also appreciated having a victim that did much more than just acting hapless. The scene between JJ and Kate at the end is poignant, the opening scene with the unsub unnerving and surprisingly Kate's family issues were actually well-written, acted and despite fears that it would feature too much it is better balanced than the case itself and the team dynamic.

It is sad however that the case, apart from the odd creepy moment, doesn't have enough to properly compel. There is a lack of tension and suspense, due to having too much unsub too early, the OCD being shoved into our faces far too much with the subtlety of an axe, lack of proper profiling and team-work and having one too many scenes and things that are bothersome. Like when teachers and nurses disappear that their disappearances appear to not have been even noticed, questionable decision-making like entering a dangerous situation without back-up and having far too much JJ and Kate in favour of the male characters (all underused and underwritten). Didn't care for Meg either, too much of a brat and can't believe her carelessness over something as dangerous as social media.

Regarding the climactic fight scene, that was very badly choreographed, parts inducing unintentional humour and just screamed of give AJ Cook something to do as an apology to make up for firing her four seasons ago, meaning writing JJ in a way that is far removed from her role in the earlier seasons and in a way that is nowhere near as interesting or likable. Just when one thought that Season 10 was actually trying to get JJ closer to how she was before, they bring back the out of character personality she had for a while after she was brought back.

Underusing and underwriting Reid, Morgan, Rossi and Hotch was what was particularly disappointing about "Scream". Reid is the least affected, he has moments but does an unexplained disappearing act. Morgan is reduced to the odd comment/titbit about the case and nothing else and the only thing to the otherwise invisible Hotch is spouting lines that are so little, so non-specific and could be said and given by pretty much anybody. Even Rossi, "the King of Sass", is bland. Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson, who have done great work numerous times on 'Criminal Minds' phone it in as a result, Joe Mantegna tries but his material is beneath him.

Overall, "Scream" has some good things but the writing and team dynamic being so unfocused and unbalanced was impossible to ignore. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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