The group tries to track down and arrest a deranged man posing as a taxi driver in Boston. The man beheads his victims and leaves their bodies in very public areas.

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Tawnia McKiernan

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Jeff Davis (created by), Karen Maser
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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
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Eric Nenninger ... James O'Neill
Paolo Andino ... Anthony Simmons
David Lim ... Kevin Bruner
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Leslie Murphy ... Detective Connie Lawlor
Jenna Willis ... Amy Gibb
Joseph Callari ... Arthur Gibb
Kavi Ladnier ... Elaine Simmons
Melissa Ciesla ... M.E. Janet Foster
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The BAU heads to Boston, Massachusetts where two unrelated women are found within days of each other in very public areas of city parks, beheaded, the heads not yet found. Beyond leading low risks lifestyles, there are seemingly no other ties between the two. Each woman has wounds on the knuckles of both hands, and electric shock marks like she was tasered. With no sedatives found in their toxicology, the victims were alive and conscious when they were killed. By the time the team arrives in town, there is a third victim. While the first victim's wounds are jagged in nature, the second and third victims' beheadings are clean, meaning that the unsub has found his preferred method of killing. Reid believes that he has discovered the instrument of killing based on the very public nature of the dead body sites. And the team discovers other similarities between the victims including some issue in their lives which has made them act out in various ways, and canceling a ride share request ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

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20 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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The sportscar Tara Lewis spent 5 years restoring is a 1970 Opel GT. See more »

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The Boston subway (the "T") does not have a brown line, purple line, or gold line, as it says on Garcia's computer. Red, orange, blue, and green only. See more »

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David Rossi: [Reading news paper headlines of the case] Oh, well, not nearly as clever as that infamous New York Post headline: "Headless Body in Topless Bar"
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Fly Me to the Moon
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Such a let down after "Entropy"
3 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While marginally better than "Till Death Do Us Part", "Internal Affairs", "Awake", "Inner Beauty" and "Future Perfect", "Drive" is yet another disappointing episode in a mostly underwhelming Season 11.

Not that Season 11 has been completely unwatchable. The season started off promisingly, "The Job" was great and "The Witness" was excellent. Sadly "Till Death Do Us Part" started a drastic decline in quality, before the show showed possible signs of fully redeeming itself after one of its best episodes in recent years "Entropy". After being bowled over by "Entropy", it all came crashing down again with "Drive".

There are good things here. It was interesting to have a way of killing (one of the show's most brutal easily) that was strongly indebted to a method of public executions which has not to my knowledge been done before on 'Criminal Minds', and despite tackling a very over-familiar and common theme for 'Criminal Minds' to have somebody other than an abusive parent was interesting and a nice change. There are two moments that bite the nails, Amy pleading for her life and the unsub waiting for the phone call to be returned. One also has to wince at the coroner's comments about the victims to JJ and Rossi, anybody who has nightmares already at even the thought of a guillotine are going to have their nightmares intensified.

Again the production values are very high in quality, and the music is hauntingly and melancholically scored. Apart from Aisha Tyler (again) the acting is just fine.

"Drive" is let down by a lot of the things that made Season 11 so underwhelming. A lot of the team are underused, although Rossi and Reid have some very nice moments and Reid is almost single-handedly integral to the case being solved, in favour of a far less interesting and significantly inferior in acting character in Tara Lewis, whose presence is stiff and dull and her connection with the rest of the team is next to none.

The same can be said for the unsub, the episode makes the common mistake of Season 11 of having too much of him and when revealed at the start the suspense and tension is already diluted. Things that came in spurts in the whole forty five minute running time but it was never consistent. "Drive" is very predictable, with many elements having been done before better in even earlier episodes of 'Criminal Minds', only the method of killing and to a lesser extent the reason for the unsub's killings are for this show have any spark of originality.

Much of the case could have been much better expanded upon. Some interesting ideas here, pretty much all glossed over. A notable example being the unsub's fascination with the guillotine, don't remember that being covered in the episode. The same can be said for the unsub's source of rage, made clear in the episode but could have been expanded upon more. While there is some decent profiling, which is better than most of the Season 11 episodes, there is also a very heavy gore count, and while being guillotined was brutal it just felt a bit gratuitously macabre at times, many viewers already know that the way they died was brutal and terrible so it didn't need to be somewhat shoved in our faces as much as it was.

Script-wise, "Drive" really wasn't one of 'Criminal Minds' finest hours. Not awful, there are some intelligent moments but not as tightly paced or tautly structured as 'Criminal Minds' has shown in the past of more than being capable of. Did find myself cringing a little at the exchange between Tara and the CEO of Zimmer, more her dialogue than his. The brief flashbacks to the unsub's childhood felt rather thrown in and the climax did lack tension or excitement because it felt so rushed and too conveniently wrapped up, easily one of the most painfully predictable scenes of the episode in an episode with only a few surprises in a sea of predictability.

Overall, not quite one of Season 11's worst but after such an outstanding previous episode it was such a let down. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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