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Derek 

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The BAU works against time to find Morgan after he is kidnapped. Danny Glover guest stars.

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Thomas Gibson

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier
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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
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Danny Glover ... Hank Morgan
Rochelle Aytes ... Savannah Hayes
Charles Mesure ... Edgar Solomon
Jonathan Cake ... John Bradley
Tyree Brown ... Derek Morgan Age 10
Byron Marc Newsome ... Young Hank Morgan
Charles S. Frank ... Henchman #1
Amarr M. Wooten ... Derek Morgan Age 15 (as Amarr Wooten)
Faithe Herman ... Morgan Kid #1
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Storyline

The team learns from Savannah that Morgan has been abducted. They have no idea who the perpetrators are, only assuming that he is still alive, and with their first thought being that it has to do with the Dirty Dozen case and that the entire team may be eventual targets. Meanwhile, Morgan, while being tortured by his abductors, who he too has no idea who they are or who they represent, is disassociating his mind from his body and the pain he is enduring. During that dissociation process, he is guided by the vision of an old man he learns is his deceased father as he would be now if he was still alive. Morgan has to figure out why it is his father he has as his guide during this difficult time if he has any chance of getting out of this predicament alive. Written by Huggo

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This is the first time there is neither an opening, nor a closing quote. See more »

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When Morgan first tries to use the satphone it asks for a PIN and he laments that he can't call for help. Nearly all satphones will work on emergency service numbers such as 911 in the US, and if not then on the global emergency mobile number 112 bypassing the PIN code. While some services have different emergency numbers, any half-decent FBI agent would at least try 911 and/or 112 before giving up on the phone. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: This is the block Derek was taken from. That blue dot is him and then at 9:23, we loose him. So., I checked all the other cell signals in the area, they're all legit, aside from one, that I was able to find thanks to some technology no one else outside this room needs to know about
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Disappointing
4 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not as bad as has been said on the 'Criminal Minds' message boards (where almost everything about it is almost universally loathed), but the disappointment is understandable and it is a feeling that this reviewer also shares.

Season 11 in general has been one of 'Criminal Minds' weaker seasons, and not only is "Derek" one of the weakest episodes from that season but it is also very much a lesser episode of the whole show. There are good points but also a number of large flaws.

"Derek" looks great, very stylish and there is a stark, dark and eerie atmosphere in the visuals that one really wishes was matched in the writing and storytelling. The music is haunting and hypnotic as ever, while Thomas Gibson does an impressive job directing, this is nowhere near one of his best episodes overall but it is one of the more strikingly directed ones.

Generally, "Derek" is acted well. The team who thankfully while still underused are not given as much as a back-seat or as dumbed down or out of character as they were in "200", to me and many others one of the low-points of 'Criminal Minds'. The regular team do dependably great, while the child actors Tyree Brown and Amarr Wooten in the hallucinatory sequences almost steal the show under the adults, Brown in particular is wonderful.

As for Shemar Moore, he and the character of Derek Morgan have gotten a lot of hate as of late, some of it understandable and some of it over-the-top and bordering on unnecessarily rude. Morgan admittedly is not one of the most interesting characters in the show, though there have been noble attempts in the past and in the past two seasons to develop him, but Moore does bring a good deal of intensity to the tough guy aspects of the character. Here Morgan is more vulnerable, and while there are some forced and trying-too-hard moments Moore does nobly bringing a different side to Morgan and actually looks as if he's suffering.

There are two exceptions to the acting though. Savannah is not yet a character this reviewer has entirely warmed to, being a character that not much is learnt about and while not as annoying or as cold as Elle, as dull (so far) as Aisha or as out of place as Kate (examples of female characters who have not worked), but so far she is too much of the clichéd obligatory love interest with not much to her development-wise and personality, and Rochelle Aytes' acting doesn't make me feel any different. Danny Glover was an interesting casting choice as Morgan's father and could have worked, but seems rather bored and uninterested and plays his role too expressionlessly, going-through-the-motions-like and deadpan, it may have been the intent but to me it seemed more like bad acting.

While not as bad as "200" in this regard, seeing as there seemed to be a little more investigation and more of the team, it didn't feel like 'Criminal Minds'. Basically a standard kidnapping story, with little tension, urgency or momentum, seemed both over-the-top and dumbed down, had too many unresolved questions (especially never making it clear why Morgan was targeted and who wanted to get at him so badly, it is resolved two episodes later but even then it felt too late and felt it should have been explained in this episode) which made the story convoluted, implausible and incomplete, seemed almost too graphic and gratuitously violent for 'Criminal Minds' and the hallucinatory sequences varied in effectiveness, sometimes powerful, sometimes dull and more like padding (though never quite as over-the-top or ridiculous as those in "Route 66" for example).

The writing lacks the usual tightness, tautness in tension, darkness and suspense, while the pace badly plods in place and the ending is somewhat too soap-opera-ish.

Overall, a disappointing but not that awful episode that could have been much better, and doesn't do much for Morgan's character. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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