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(Near) classic 'Criminal Minds' episode
TheLittleSongbird10 July 2016
Although it is not the most consistent of shows, 'Criminal Minds' is still one of my favourites and is compulsive viewing. "The Boogeyman" is a strong example of what this reviewer loves about the show in the first place.

For one thing, this reviewer loves its unpredictability. It is a dark and tense episode, that affects the team in some way, especially Morgan and Elle (to the extent that the case is personal for them), while the story is riveting with enough twists and turns and intelligent use of profiling to keep one guessing.

Then there is the reveal and ending, which is not only the most gut-wrenching shocking reveal of Season 2 along with "North Mammon" but also in the history of the show. Even the team themselves seemed genuinely surprised and appalled. Did not see that coming at all and I've become not so easily shocked these days (apart from the best of 'Criminal Minds' and some other examples of course).

'Criminal Minds' has always been an incredibly well-made show, and "The Boogeyman" looks beautiful and rich in atmosphere. The music is appropriate for the mood, with enough haunting darkness and melancholic pathos without being too intrusive, obvious or manipulative.

Scripting is thought-provoking and intelligent, with a great balance and dynamic in the team where everything and everyone serves a purpose and some fantastic little character moments. Examples are Reid being afraid of the dark, JJ's ghost/horror story, Garcia's welcome comic relief which doesn't feel misplaced, the moments of honesty between Morgan/Reid and Gideon/Hotch and Morgan being so darkly affected by the case.

What wasn't so convincing were the scenes between Elle and Hotch, very remotely played by Lola Glaudini and Thomas Gibson (Glaudini has always left me somewhat cold, and Elle was always the weak link of the first and second seasons to me, but this was so unlike Gibson) and seemed both draggy and underdeveloped, lacking the same level of detail that went into the rest of the relationships.

Everything is beautifully paced and solidly directed, while the acting is very good apart from Glaudini (or at least to me, am sure this is an opinion I'm going to be attacked for). Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson (apart from the scenes with Glaudini), Matthew Gray Gubler and AJ Cook are all dependably great, while Kirsten Vangsness is a ray of sunshine and Shemar Moore brings more emotional range than usual, being a somewhat personal case for Morgan as evidenced by the accusatory scene with the father figure. The child performances are also some of the most believable in 'Criminal Minds' history, especially from a disquieting and chillingly nonchalant Cameron Monaghan.

In summary, a near classic 'Criminal Minds' episodes with almost all the ingredients that make the show great. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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Everyone but Elle
jmdarden-2510224 November 2019
I honestly don't know how Lola Glaudini kept her role for Criminal Minds as long as she did. If there ever was an ice queen she's the perfect example. In this episode even with the understanding that it's fiction, I don't see how she would keep the job with the attitude she displays, in particular, talking back to Agent Hotchner in one of the early scenes, muttering under her breath. She's a total bee-yatch. When she finally moved on, I said good riddance.
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"He's hunting children"- Jason Gideon
sambruce0429 January 2007
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This is an excellent episode because their is many intense scenes and a shocking twist in the end that you won't see coming.

The team goes to a small town in Texas because of the deaths of 3 kids in one month, starting with a 6 year old boy. When they get there they enforce the "buddy system" and a 5pm curfew, but soon enough another child, Matthew, goes missing. His younger brother has a secret, saying Matthew was just going to "ring the doorbell" of the haunted house on the hill. The team investigates the house not finding the man who owns it until they go to the woods outside the house. Buried outside the house, the old man is dead, the boy nowhere to be found. Reid and Gideon are looking outside by the staircase when they here something, yelling at the person to come out comes a small voice "don't hurt me" and out comes 8 year old Matthew unharmed. He says he was hiding because he heard a tree branch. Although the boy is unharmed, they still don't know who the unsub is. Then they get some shocking news about who their unsub may be, the officer who as been helping them this whole time. They go to his house and find him carrying a bag, once they catch him they look through the bag and find a red hat, the hat the first child was wearing while alive, but was missing after he was killed. They take in the officer and question him, but of course he denies everything. Then the team gets the information that the officers 8 year old son never showed up for school. Thinking he killed his son Morgan starts yelling at him. Then reality hits them, and hits them hard, the officer is not the killer, his 8 year old son, Jeffrey, is the killer. And now an 8 year old girl, Tracy never showed up at home. Through the buddy system she was walking home with the Jeffrey, the killer. Through a shortcut, Tracy becomes tired and wants to get home. Jeffrey gets mad and throws her book bag, and then goes at her with a bat. She kicks him in the kneecap, making him fall, and she takes off running. The team finds the bus stop, splits up and goes from there ending in the same woods as the two kids. Hearing her screams as he comes after her, the team runs towards them. As Jeffrey finds Tracy and goes for one hard swing of the bat, Gideon runs up and seizes the boy and the bat, while JJ grabs the girl taking her to safety. The boys is shown being taken away in a police car. The children are now safe. The teams heads back to headquarters for their next assignment.
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Goodbye...And Good Riddance!
BBBrown1 February 2014
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A bunch of us decided to waste away a recent snowy weekend with rental DVD viewing of popular TV series which we've heard a lot about but never really watched. This was the episode that finally turned me -- and many of my friends -- off.

That supposedly dedicated, selfless FBI agents, especially supervisors, could essentially overlook/rationalize Agent Greenaway taking the law into her own hands, allowing her to leave the Bureau after the mere formality of a "psychological evaluation" and not even inform local police of their strong suspicions that "one of their own" is a murderer and the event warranted a more intense investigation?! What a crock...

Even knowing her murder victim was guilty and she *may* have saved others from him still does not excuse the overall sense that the BAU cares more about their own individual senses of right and wrong than the rule of law they -- and all law enforcement people -- are supposedly sworn and dedicated to uphold. It would have been far more rewarding to have seen two or even three episodes that focused on their actions to get inside the "criminal mind" of their own rogue agent, one well versed in the BAU's own methods and procedures, and bring her to the justice she denied to her victim.

But the producers/writers seem to have their own sense of right and wrong as well, sadly something shared by many viewers who still seem to find this series worthwhile viewing. I am glad I am not(!) one them.
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