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The Night Watch 

In Detroit, Michigan the BAU investigates several murder victims found morbidly incorporated into graffiti. They believe the murders to be the work of a notable street artist.

Director:

Thomas Gibson

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Bruce Zimmerman
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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau (credit only)
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Marina Benedict ... Ellen Clark
Johnny Sneed ... William Cochran
Tom Wright ... Chief Palmer
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
David L.M. Mcintyre ... Leonard Ennis
Rob Kirkland ... Doug Fuller
Mark Meir Mark Meir ... Stuart Wallace
Phillip Andre Botello ... Markus Ivey
Michelle Lawrence ... Katherine Wallace
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The BAU heads to Detroit, Michigan where community activist Russell Pearson is found murdered. His latest cause was opposition to a proposed gentrification project of high end condos, however it was recently discovered that he took bribes from the condo developers. As identified by the tag next to Pearson's body, the murderer is renowned street artist, Morpheus, whose actual identity is unknown. Morpheus, whose art has a social activism bent, would have been on the same side as Pearson of the condo development issue up until the discovery of the bribes. Morpheus, who works primarily in New York, Los Angeles and the Gulf coast, generally shows up after an issue has become known, leading his voice to the cause through the art. Morpheus' art first appeared in Detroit a few weeks ago, next to a burnt out car where a homeless mother and her infant died, the car where they were sleeping. By the time the team arrives in Detroit, Morpheus has struck again, this time kidnapping Corinne Wallace... Written by Huggo

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Morpheus is the Greek god of dreams. See more »

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The baby is kidnapped from her home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, yet for some reason the Detroit Police Department knows the details of the kidnapping and is investigating it.

Grosse Pointe is an extremely wealthy incorporated city that is separate from Detroit. The Detroit Police don't have jurisdiction outside of their own city, and it is unlikely a big city as cash-strapped as Detroit would waste its resources doing police work in a separate city that can definitely afford its own police force. See more »

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David Rossi: So Yogi Berra arrives at spring training and the equipment manager says to him: "What size cap do you wear"? And Yogi says: "I don't know, I am not in shape yet"
Dr. Spencer Reid: Aha
[expecting more]
David Rossi: That's it! That's the joke
Dr. Spencer Reid: But, studies have shown the dimensional changes in the human head actually can fluctuate, especially in the third decade of life
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Doesn't quite make it to greatness, but easily one of Season 11's better episodes
27 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 11 has largely been underwhelming, with a few good to great episodes but also too many mediocre to bad ones (the bad ones being among the show's worst).

The season did start off promisingly with "The Job" and "The Witness", before falling drastically downhill with "Till Death Do Us Part" and most of the episodes between that and "Entropy" not being much better. "Entropy", one of the best episodes in recent years, was a big return to form, but unfortunately it was a brief one after another underwhelming episode in "Drive".

As far as Season 11 goes, "The Night Watch" is not quite good enough to be one of the best episodes but it is in the better half of the season that doesn't commit quite as many errors as the worst episodes of the season did. There are flaws certainly, with the portrayal of Detroit being somewhat clichéd and out of date and some details that don't hold up, such as how and why the baby was abducted, the motive for the murder of the rival and the rather abrupt mental break of the unsub with the trigger poorly done.

Lewis still bothers me, generally being a stiff, dull and disconnected character who doesn't gel very much with the team. There is also too much of her, and some of her lines does make one cringe (such as the one about losing 185 pounds overnight). Aisha Tyler's performance is not much better.

However, "The Night Watch" as ever looks great, made with a lot of style and class, and the music is hauntingly moody. Nice to hear "Non Piu Andrai" from one of Mozart's masterpieces 'Le Nozze Di Figaro", though Sumi Jo's crediting is odd, seeing as the aria is for a baritone and Jo is a colouratura soprano. Thomas Gibson does a nice job directing. Speaking of Gibson, after seeing Hotch practically invisible for a long time it was nice to see more of him as a leader and to see him smile.

On top of that, there are some thought-provoking moments in the script that has more emphasis on profiling than there has been in a while. The story, apart from some sloppy details, is compelling enough with some suspense, making less of a mistake than previous episodes of being too unsub-heavy. Excepting Tyler, the acting is fine, and goodness isn't that baby cute or what? In conclusion, falls short of greatness but as far as Season 11 episodes go "The Night Watch" is by far one of the better ones.

Much better than the likes of bad episodes such as "Till Death Do Us Part", "Outlaw", "The Bond", "Awake", "Future Perfect", "Internal Affairs" and "Inner Beauty" and mediocre ones like "Drive" and "Derek". It's no "The Job", "The Witness" or "Entropy" though. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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