Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The BAU must find out what several missing women have in common to find them.

Director:

Aisha Tyler

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Karen Maser | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Darrell Hammond ... Lawrence Coleman
Meagen Fay ... Irene Jacobs
Camille Chen ... Joanna Miller
Aisha Alfa ... Allie Leighton
Michael Whaley ... Captain Chuck Skinner
Kimleigh Smith ... Dr. Roberta Childs
Angela Fornero ... Paige Burrell
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The team stays local for their next case where four young women have been abducted under similar circumstances over the past five years, the Richmond field office which was handling the case now wanting the BAU's assistance as the fourth has just been abducted. Crossing racial lines, the four are all youngish, successful professionals - an obstetrician, a teacher, a dentist and the latest victim Allie Leighton, a chef. Two of the victims were abducted in a parking garage, their vehicles and their belongings not stolen. All four were abducted around midnight. There have been no ransoms requested and no dead bodies discovered, leading to the team believing all four may still be alive. The fact of the BAU being called in leads to a young woman, Joanna Miller, coming into the office hoping that they can also look into the disappearance five years ago of her sister, Chrissy Miller. The field agents in the Richmond office previously working on the case didn't believe Chrissy's disappearance... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

First episode directed by Aisha Tyler, the fourth series actor to sit in the director's chair. Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, and Thomas Gibson have all directed multiple episodes. See more »

Goofs

The team gets a tip, in the form of a cell phone video, of the latest woman getting abducted. Why would someone have been randomly taking video of a woman putting away her groceries. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Allie Leighton: [on the phone with a friend] You mean that place in the old market? Yeah, that sounds like fun, but I'm gonna have to pass. 'Cause I'd fall asleep in the middle of the dance floor. The restaurant was packed tonight. If I never have to make another kale and potato mousseline again, it'll be too soon. Okay. Tell everyone I said hi. Next time, I promise. Good night.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Good quality has not done a bunk

'Criminal Minds' has always been one of my most-watched shows and was a personal favourite for a while. Seasons 1-5 was its best period, Season 4 was especially great. It did get hit and miss from Season 6 onwards, with a mix of good and more episodes and disappointing and less episodes. Season 11 was, apart from about 5 episodes, pretty weak. Season 12 was inconsistent but generally an improvement, its weakest episodes nowhere near as bad as the low-points of Seasons 6, 9 and especially 11.

Season 13 so far has not been too bad. It is already so much better than Season 11, which started off well actually but quickly went downhill, and has generally settled quicker than Season 12. As far as the previous Season 13 episodes go, "Wheels Up" and "Killer App" were particularly good. Up to this point, only "To a Better Place" was a little disappointing, with a lot of admirable qualities but also an over-familiar and not much special case.

"The Bunker" is another very solid episode. The case has some familiar elements where they were done before or reminiscent of, but also has enough nice and surprising turns to balance it all out. There is a good deal of suspense but also sympathetic emotion

The team work, the procedural aspects and how it's all solved evokes prime 'Criminal Minds', there is lots of each and it's all thought-provoking and delightful. It doesn't make the mistakes that many latter season episodes made (i.e. too much unsub, unsub revealed too early, problematically executed cases, too much reliance on convenience, lack of balance, too many soapy personal life subplots, team underuse and not enough procedural/delving into the criminal's mind). In fact, there is a sense that "The Bunker" didn't forget what made 'Criminal Minds' work so well in the first place. The twists keep coming and those towards the end are shocking.

Plenty of room for little character moments within the team, one of my favourite things about 'Criminal Minds' and something that lifts even the lesser episodes. Matt has settled well, is a likeable character and gels very well with the team, much more so than most new team members who either took a while to settle or never did anything for me.

Everybody does a great job with the acting, all the regulars are strong as ever, the unsubs intrigue and chills and the victims are some of the most sympathetic and interesting of the season, particularly Allie and Chrissy.

Visually, "The Bunker" is stylish and atmospheric, while the music is haunting without being over-bearing while having presence still, the script is taut with a touch of sweetness and poignancy here and there and the direction from Aisha Tyler (while not in the same league as Joe Mantagna, Thomas Gibson and particularly Matthew Gray Gubler when they've directed) is surprisingly credible, with some atmosphere enhancing shots in the hallway scenes.

However, although the reunion was heart-warming and touching, the climax ends too patly and was over too quickly. JJ and Reid's role in the climax, taking down on their own with no back-up, was just an idiotic and unrealistic decision considering what's happened in the past when that's happened.

Also felt that the personal life side story/subplot was under-developed and too brief, so much more could have been done with it.

Overall, solid episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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