History Series / CriminalMinds

23rd Jun '16 6:23:56 PM nombretomado
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** Billy Flynn (played by TimCurry) from "Our Darkest Hour" is dubbed "The Prince of Darkness", the moniker of several characters that he's previously played.

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** Billy Flynn (played by TimCurry) Creator/TimCurry) from "Our Darkest Hour" is dubbed "The Prince of Darkness", the moniker of several characters that he's previously played.



** [[spoiler: TimCurry's character]]'s death came across as one part this and one part SuicideByCop. He wanted Derek to shoot him and was going to shoot the hostage to get him to do so, but Derek seemed a ''little'' too eager to give him what he wanted.

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** [[spoiler: TimCurry's Creator/TimCurry's character]]'s death came across as one part this and one part SuicideByCop. He wanted Derek to shoot him and was going to shoot the hostage to get him to do so, but Derek seemed a ''little'' too eager to give him what he wanted.
20th Jun '16 11:21:54 AM gewunomox
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** Done in universe with the [=UnSub=] known as "The Piano Man" (no, not [[BillyJoel that guy]]), who plays an 80s piano ballad in the background while raping his victims, giving each one a different song that ends up being a subconscious BerserkButton later.

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** Done in universe with the [=UnSub=] known as "The Piano Man" (no, not [[BillyJoel [[Music/BillyJoel that guy]]), who plays an 80s piano ballad in the background while raping his victims, giving each one a different song that ends up being a subconscious BerserkButton later.
27th May '16 4:17:56 AM Naram-Sin
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* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Mexican Captain Navarro mentioning "maiden names" in "Machismo", despite the fact that there aren't maiden names in Mexico since Mexican women don't take their husband's name after marriage. Maybe he was using the words for the benefit of his colleagues at the BAU, but seeing how the episode failed Spanish naming customs right after despite the victim names being the clue that caused the team's EurekaMoment...
19th May '16 10:23:44 AM HamburgerTime
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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The unsub in "The Performer" turns out to be [[spoiler: the manager of a rock star who hoped to cash in on this trope by manipulating a mentally ill fan into killing people in ways that referenced the singer's music. The singer himself was completely oblivious]].
17th May '16 12:42:17 PM AtticusOmundson
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These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase,'' it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit,'' it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}},'' it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic.]] For ''Series/{{Bones}},'' it's... Well, bones. (And magic.)

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These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase,'' it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit,'' it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}},'' it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic.]] For ''Series/{{Psych}},'' it's TV and film references. For ''Series/{{Bones}},'' it's... Well, bones. (And magic.)
17th May '16 12:40:54 PM AtticusOmundson
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-->--'''Aaron Hotchner'''

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-->--'''Aaron Hotchner'''
-->-- '''Aaron Hotchner''', "...And Back"
8th May '16 10:42:40 PM TheFox
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* He was also knocked out by a taser-wielding [=UnSub=] in an early Season 1 episode. He had yet to be established as the team's powerhouse at that point, however.
4th May '16 7:33:38 PM Blueeyedrat
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** "The Road Home": [[spoiler:JJ]] is abducted.

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** "The Road Home": [[spoiler:JJ]] is [[spoiler:JJ and Cruz]] are both abducted.
4th May '16 7:32:56 PM Blueeyedrat
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** "The Road Home": [[spoiler:JJ]] is abducted.



** The killer in "Zoe's Reprise" is JackTheRipoff in human form. His kills are (almost) all recreations of famous serial killers' [=MOs=].
** Similar to the killer from "Zoe's Reprise", a villain from the spin-off book series also copied infamous serial killers, though in his case it was for infamy, and near the end he even tried copying spree killers and mass murderers.

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** The killer killers in "Zoe's Reprise" is JackTheRipoff in human form. His kills are (almost) all recreations of and "Tribute" each (mostly) recreate famous serial killers' [=MOs=].
** Similar to the killer from "Zoe's Reprise", a
[=MOs=]. A villain from the spin-off book series also copied infamous serial killers, though in his case it was for infamy, and near the end he even tried copying spree killers and mass murderers.



** Also, in ''Blood Relations'', [[spoiler: the almost superhuman boogeyman known as the Mountain Man is shown to have survived a hail of gunfire from the entire team, who NeverFoundTheBody. Somewhat fitting, as the character was written more as a slasher movie villain rather than a regular serial killer.]]
** [[spoiler: Darlene]] in The Pact, but it is downplayed for three reasons. First, [[spoiler: she is an ''extremely'' SympatheticMurderer]]. Second, [[spoiler: she targeted [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims]], ranging from mild- to serial-child-molester-and-killer- level]]. Third, [[spoiler: her partner and leader of the duo was caught]], making it hard to feel bad about the ending.

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** Also, in ''Blood Relations'', "Blood Relations", [[spoiler: the almost superhuman boogeyman known as the Mountain Man is shown to have survived a hail of gunfire from the entire team, who NeverFoundTheBody. Somewhat fitting, as the character was written more as a slasher movie villain rather than a regular serial killer.]]
** [[spoiler: Darlene]] in The Pact, "The Pact", but it is downplayed for three reasons. First, [[spoiler: she is an ''extremely'' SympatheticMurderer]]. Second, [[spoiler: she targeted [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims]], ranging from mild- to serial-child-molester-and-killer- level]]. Third, [[spoiler: her partner and leader of the duo was caught]], making it hard to feel bad about the ending.
4th May '16 7:27:02 PM Blueeyedrat
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* CliffHanger: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis At. The. End. Of. Every. Single. Season.]]
** Season 1 - Elle walks into her house and lies down on her couch. The [=UnSub=] walks over to her with a gun. We hear a gunshot and it fades to black.
** Season 2 - Strauss tells Prentiss that she's going to help Strauss end Hotch's career or lose her job.
** Season 3 - Each team member is seen getting into a car. One car blows up.
** Season 4 - [[spoiler: Hotch walks into his house and is greeted by the Reaper with a gun. We hear a gunshot and it fades to black]].
** Season 5 - [[spoiler:The Prince of Darkness kidnaps Ellie and leaves Morgan incapacitated and Spicer dead]].
** Season 6 doesn't have a cliffhanger in the same vein as the other seasons; the case is wrapped up in one episode. [[spoiler: However, there is some debate whether or not the team will be split up next season]].
** Season 7 - The only season without a ''major'' cliffhanger. It ends with [[spoiler:the main [=UnSub=] getting arrested, JJ and Will's wedding, and Prentiss telling Morgan that she wants to leave the team. Not a surprise for the people who knew that Paget Brewtser was leaving at the end of the season, though]].
** Season 9 - [[spoiler: Opens with one when they find out that the sighting by a cop of the [=UnSub=] actually led them to his twin brother, who was so freaked out at being chased that he went without protest, leaving the real killer free and aware he's being hunted at the end of the episode.]]
** Non-end-of-season example: "The Big Game" ends with JJ being attacked (offscreen) by rabid dogs who'd just finished tearing apart another woman and Reid held at gunpoint by the psychotic [=UnSub=], both miles away from the rest of the team.

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* CliffHanger: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis At. The. End. Of. Every. Single. Season.]]
{{Cliffhanger}}:
** Season 1 - "The Fisher King, Part 1" (S1 finale): Elle walks into her house and lies down on her couch. The [=UnSub=] walks over to her with a gun. We hear a gunshot and it fades to black.
** Season 2 - Strauss tells Prentiss that she's going to help Strauss end Hotch's career or lose her job.
"The Big Game": JJ attacked (offscreen) by rabid dogs who'd just finished tearing apart another woman, and Reid held at gunpoint by the psychotic [=UnSub=], both miles away from the rest of the team.
** Season 3 - "Lucky": [[spoiler:Garcia]] is shot.
** "Lo-Fi" (S3 finale):
Each team member is seen getting into a car. One car blows up.
** Season 4 - [[spoiler: "...And Back" (S4 finale): Hotch walks into his house and is greeted by the Reaper [[spoiler:the Reaper]] with a gun. We hear a gunshot and it fades to black]].
black.
** Season 5 - [[spoiler:The Prince of Darkness "Our Darkest Hour" (S5 finale): Billy Flynn kidnaps Ellie and leaves Morgan incapacitated and Spicer dead]].
dead.
** Season 6 doesn't have a cliffhanger in "Brothers Hotchner": [[spoiler:Strauss]] is killed by the same vein as the other seasons; the case is wrapped up in one episode. [[spoiler: However, there is some debate whether or not the team will be split up next season]].
Replicator.
** Season 7 - "The Inspiration" (S9 opener): The only season without a ''major'' cliffhanger. It ends with [[spoiler:the main [=UnSub=] getting arrested, JJ and Will's wedding, and Prentiss telling Morgan that she wants to leave the team. Not a surprise for the people who knew that Paget Brewtser was leaving at the end of the season, though]].
** Season 9 - [[spoiler: Opens with one when they find out that the sighting by a cop of the [=UnSub=] actually led them to his
[=UnSub=]'s (unknown) twin brother, who was so freaked out at being chased that he went without protest, brother is arrested in his place, leaving the real killer free and aware he's being hunted at the end of the episode.]]
hunted.
** Non-end-of-season example: "Protection": [[spoiler:Kate's niece and her friend]] are both abducted.
** "A Badge and a Gun": [[spoiler:Morgan]] is drugged, beaten, and abducted.
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"The Big Game" ends Sandman": [[spoiler:Savannah]] is shot, complete with JJ being attacked (offscreen) by rabid dogs who'd just finished tearing apart another woman and Reid held at gunpoint by SmashToBlack.
** "The Storm": One prison break is foiled, but three more follow it; {{thirteen|IsUnlucky}} serial killers escape in
the psychotic [=UnSub=], both miles away from the rest of the team.chaos, among them [[spoiler:Peter Lewis ("Mr. Scratch")]].



** The UnSub from "About Face" is referenced in "Fatal."

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** The UnSub [=UnSub=] from "About Face" is referenced in "Fatal.""Fatal".
** When the BAU is hunting an [=UnSub=] in Wichita in "The Sandman", the local coroner notes that it's not the first time the team has shown up in his neck of the woods, having previously worked with them in "There's No Place Like Home".


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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Thirteen serial killers escape from prison at the end of "The Storm".


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* VaguenessIsComing: At the end of "Devil's Backbone", Antonia Slade warns Hotch of "a coming storm". The following episode is titled, naturally, "The Storm".
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