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The Forever People 

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The team head out to Nevada after several frozen bodies are found floating in water somewhere. Whilst the BAU investigate it is revealed the victims were apart of a religious cult which ... See full summary »


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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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Grant Show ... Colton Grant
Faran Tahir ... Tivon Askari
Brian Gant ... Carl Mason
Ptolemy Slocum ... Jon Kanak
Ross Mackenzie ... Detective Pete Chalmers
Christina Palacios ... Beth Acosta (as Christina Edland)
Kristy Johnson Kristy Johnson ... Lizzy Scott
Travis Lincoln Cox Travis Lincoln Cox ... Adam Lewis


The team head out to Nevada after several frozen bodies are found floating in water somewhere. Whilst the BAU investigate it is revealed the victims were apart of a religious cult which they believe could be responsible for the deaths. Meanwhile, JJ is forced to confront some difficult emotions and demons on the one year anniversary of her abduction, and leans on Reid to help her get through.

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14 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


JJ's sparring partner, Dion Mucciacito, was a boxer in high school and played a boxer in a Broadway play. See more »


Sarah Rhodes' name is on the map Morgan is looking at in the Boulder City Police Station before she is identified by Garcia. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: How many boats are there on Lake Mead?
Dr. Spencer Reid: 1908
Kate Callahan: Come on! You just know that?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah, there are 1908 boats on Lake Mead
Kate Callahan: Where did you get that number?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Based on the population density of the area, I estimated
Kate Callahan: You guessed! I mean: is this guy really a genius or does he just says things with authority and we all believe him?
Derek Morgan: Oh wow, thank you! Ten years! It took ten years for someone to finally have my back. Alright Einstein, she just called you out, bring it!
Dr. Spencer Reid: Look it up!
David Rossi: I am... And the kid's right!
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Lord Remember Me
Performed by Ruthie Foster
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One of Season 10's best episodes
4 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 10 has been an inconsistent season. There have been some outstanding episodes such as the poignant "Nelson's Sparrow", the terrifying "Mr Scratch" and this affecting and creepy episode "The Forever People".

At the same time there have also been a few mediocre at best episodes, including the very strange in a bad way "If the Shoe Fits", "Hashtag" that has an intriguing premise executed in an underwhelming fashion and "The Boys of Sudworth Place", another example of an episode with a good idea not particularly well executed with a lack of suspense and surprises.

The only thing about "The Forever People" that didn't quite work was Kate, who is dully acted by Jennifer Love Hewitt and just feels too out of place. However, visually it is one of the season's most interesting, looking stark, brutal and with real intensity. The music is haunting without being overbearing and melancholic without being sappy.

Dialogue has the right balance of tension, suspense and poignancy. JJ'S trauma aftermath is beautifully and sympathetically handled, when it could have easily have been overwrought, and also loved the upbeat and very empathetic Reid. The case itself had potential to be incredibly strange, but was extremely creepy and perfectly balanced with the emotional elements.

While "The Forever People" is JJ oriented, it doesn't feel too much of the JJ show and she is written with real empathy. The rest of the team are hardly underused or neglected, with Reid particularly shining especially in his touching rapport with JJ. The unsub is very chillingly realised.

Meanwhile the acting is truly impressive, with AJ Cook doing an outstanding job and Matthew Gray Gubler matching her every step of the way.

Overall, excellent episode and one of the season's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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