T.V. Series Review: Criminal Minds Season 1

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Criminal Minds Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Extreme Aggressor

When a Seattle, Washington woman goes missing and authorities connect her disappearance with three unsolved murders, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit sets out to apprehend the killer and rescue his latest victim. Unit chief Aaron Hotchner is assigned to determine whether veteran profiler Jason Gideon, called out of medical leave for this case, is fit to return to duty permanently.

Season 1, Episode 2: Compulsion

When a Tempe, Arizona college student dies in the latest in a series of fires, the BAU attempts to think outside the box as they juggle profiling the serial arsonist-turned-serial killer and preventing them from setting another fire. Gideon recovers from a near-death experience and the team welcomes sex crimes expert Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini) into the fold.

Season 1, Episode 3: Won’t Get Fooled Again

When two explosions rip through Palm Beach, Florida communities, the BAU attempts to track down a bomber who is deliberately replicating the M.O. of incarcerated mass murderer Adrian Bale (Tim Kelleher) and Gideon finds himself forced to relive his memories of the events surrounding his encounter with Bale and subsequent nervous breakdown.

Season 1, Episode 4: Plain Sight

When six San Diego, California women are raped, murdered, and posed with their eyes glued open, the BAU sets out to profile a killer who evades the authorities by striking in broad daylight and blending into the neighborhoods he targets.

Season 1, Episode 5: Broken Mirror

When the daughter of an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney is kidnapped while leaving a party, the BAU juggles protecting the victim’s twin sister, identifying the motive behind the kidnapping, and determining whether or not the abductor is one of their own.

Season 1, Episode 6: L.D.S.K

When a sniper non-lethally guns down six Des Plaines, Illinois civilians and unintentionally kills one, the BAU works with local authorities to prevent him from executing another attack. Reid finds himself forced to work without a gun after failing his firearms qualification exam.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Fox

When two families living in two different states are found dead days after they were supposed to leave on vacation, the BAU sets out to profile a family annihilator who sees himself as the perfect father figure and is dedicated to punishing what he believes to be dysfunctional families.

Season 1, Episode 8: Natural Born Killer

When an undercover agent disappears the same night a Baltimore, Maryland family is found dead in two separate locations, the BAU works with the Organized Crime Unit to apprehend a hitman responsible for over one hundred murders.

Season 1, Episode 9: Derailed

A schizophrenic physicist suffers a mental breakdown and holds Elle and four other civilians hostage on a passenger train en route to Dallas, Texas. Reid and the BAU attempt to establish trust with the shooter and prevent casualties by going along with the man’s hallucinations.

When a high school student’s body is found near Massanutten Mountain and his girlfriend is reported missing, the BAU attempts to determine whether or not the crimes were committed by a Satanic cult. Reid confides in his teammates about his battle with a series of recurring nightmares

Season 1, Episode 11: Blood Hungry

When two seemingly unrelated murders take place in Tennessee, the BAU launches a manhunt for a cannibalistic killer obsessed with a neighborhood youth. After injuring his leg in (what he tells the team was) a skydiving accident, Gideon finds himself forced to work remotely from Quantico, invading Garcia’s space and driving her to distraction.

Season 1, Episode 12: What Fresh Hell?

When an eleven-year-old girl is abducted in broad daylight while at a Wilmington, Delaware community park, the BAU works with local authorities to determine whether or not her father was responsible.

Season 1, Episode 13: Poison

When eight Beachwood, New Jersey residents are poisoned with a combination of LSD and rohypnol, the BAU juggles identifying the poisoner and preventing a larger-scale incident from taking place.

Season 1, Episode 14: Riding the Lightening

On death row, only hours before their execution, the team is interviewing husband-and-wife serial killers responsible for the murders of over eighteen Florida teenage girls. Gideon suspects the wife is innocent and sets out to prove his theory before time runs out.

Season 1, Episode 15: Unfinished Business

A notorious Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serial killer seemingly resurfaces after an eighteen-year absence, but with differing methods and older victims, and sends a taunting letter to retired FBI profiler Max Ryan (Geoff Pierson). The BAU struggles to determine if this is a copycat, or if the killer has resumed his killing spree.

Season 1, Episode 16: The Tribe

When five New Mexico college students are tortured, mutilated and murdered, the BAU determines the crime was a pack killing by a racist, Manson Family-type cult, obsessed with pretending to be Native Americans. Hotch endures a tense reunion with his estranged brother Sean.

Season 1, Episode 17: A Real Rain

When three people are gunned down in New York City, the BAU sets out to track down a vigilante bent on exacting vengeance against criminals who got away with their crimes.

Season 1, Episode 18: Somebody’s Watching

While conducting a profiling seminar in Los Angeles, California, Gideon and Reid set out to identify a murderous stalker obsessed with television starlet Lila Archer (Amber Heard), but Lila’s growing attraction to Reid threatens to jeopardize the investigation.

Season 1, Episode 19: Machismo

When thirteen elderly women are sexually assaulted and murdered in Mexico, the BAU faces resistance from local authorities as they attempt to identify the perpetrator. Hotch juggles his responsibilities at work and his responsibilities at home.

Season 1, Episode 20: Charm and Harm

When five young women are abducted, tortured, and drowned in hotel bathtubs throughout the South, the BAU sets out to apprehend a serial killer who changes his appearance to evade capture.

Season 1, Episode 21: Secrets and Lies

When an undercover CIA agent is tortured to death after helping an informant hide from her physically abusive yet high-powered husband, the BAU interrogates the four counter-terrorism agents connected to her case in an attempt to expose the traitor.

Season 1, Episode 22: The Fisher King, Part 1

When each individual BAU member receives a mysterious message while on bureau-mandated vacation, the team suspects they have become pawns in an elaborate fantasy game and sets out to identify a budding serial killer with a deadly fixation on Arthurian legend.

Criminal Minds Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun show show based off FBI and killers. Not appropriate for children.

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