Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Bond 

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The Atlanta field office requests the BAU's assistance in a case with two victims thus far, both stabbed multiple times to death, both victims found bound in different truck stop rest rooms... See full summary »


Jeff Davis (created by), Kimberly A. Harrison (as Kimberly Ann Harrison)





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
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Veronica Cartwright ... Flora Martin
Wilson Bethel ... Randy Jacobs
Sal Neslusan ... Chloe Andrews
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Timothy Ryan Cole ... Agent William Waters
Jeff Davis ... John Westchester (as J.F. Davis)
Maurice Hall ... Dr. Ivan Smith
Regina McKee Redwing ... Linda Calvary
Jon Jacobs Jon Jacobs ... Frank Myers


The Atlanta field office requests the BAU's assistance in a case with two victims thus far, both stabbed multiple times to death, both victims found bound in different truck stop rest rooms, one outside of Chattanooga and one outside of Birmingham, posed post-mortem, both victims missing their left ear, with the murders probably taking place elsewhere as concluded by the lack of blood at the scenes. The wounds indicate indecisiveness and inexperience in the act of killing, while the posed bodies in highly public locales indicates the exact opposite of experience in the act, leading to the competing theories that there are two people working together, or one person who has long fantasized about what he is doing and is only now being able to act upon those fantasies. One victim is a homeless John Doe, while the other is a well regarded schoolteacher. When a third victim emerges with a slightly different M.O. in that she was killed at the disposal site, the team knows that the victims ... Written by Huggo

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27 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Reid says that Atlanta is one of the few cities that have 3 interstates running through it. While few is subjective, there are at least 22 cities not including Atlanta that have 3 or more interstates running through it. They include: Columbia, SC; Charlottle, NC; Richmond, VA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; San Antonio, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Kansas City, KS; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; Memphis, TN; NY, NY; Harrisburg, PA; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; Knoxville, TN; Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN; Normal-Bloomington, IL. See more »


Dr. Tara Lewis: [closing quotation] "The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation." - James E. Faust
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Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Loses almost everything that makes 'Criminal Minds' so great
11 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"The Bond" for me is not one of the worst episodes of Season 11 but also a low-point of the show as well. Not entirely irredeemable, but (nearly) everything that this reviewer loves about 'Criminal Minds' is completely lost.

As said, it's not without its redeeming merits. Apart from the occasional over-darkness, the production values are very high, it's beautifully shot and has real style and atmosphere. The music is a vast majority of the time haunting and well suited.

But it's the performance of Veronica Cartwright that makes the episode. It's chilling to see a seemingly innocent and somewhat frail woman that's actually quite the monster played with chillingly subtle menace, in a relationship between mother and son where it is clear she is the dominant and creepier of the two. The leads also do quite well with what they have, though as will come later almost everybody is wasted.

What is meant by "The Bond" losing so much of what makes the show so great is that there is far too much of the unsub and the relationship between his mother and nowhere near enough of the BAU, which gives it a completely different feel. Unfortunately, the unsub is not that interesting and played in a way that's neither menacing or sympathetic, instead he is too much of a "Mama's Boy" (not a team I often use but it's apt here) and seems easily walked over, almost like he was being controlled and being reluctant to do it. That's what the mother/son relationship came over as, which lessons the impact it could.

As for the BAU, they are not just underused but wasted. One misses the chemistry, the interaction, the little character moments that fans look out for and the nuances. The more interesting characters have less than 10 minutes screen-time it seems and there is too much of Lewis and Morgan. Shemar Moore does fine, but Aisha Tyler continues to demonstrate her limitations as an actress. The episode also sees us over half-way through the season and one still hasn't warmed to Lewis and she still doesn't gel.

What makes the best of 'Criminal Minds' so good was the profiling, the pathology and the psychological delving into the criminal's mind. In "The Bond" and in too many of Season 11's episodes, that all takes a backseat, in fact there's hardly any at all. The case is dull, and severely lacks suspense. A major reason why was due to the unsub being revealed far too early which with so many elements missing it is a chore to sit through the underused BAU trying to solve the case when the viewer knows almost everything practically from the start, only the motive was surprising and did bring momentary creepiness and shock value.

Overall, hugely disappointing and an even more disappointing reminder of 'Criminal Minds' generally being past its best, having forgotten or not caring about what made it work so well in the first place. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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