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A Beautiful Disaster 

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When an unsub targets the BAU, the team pursues the person who is responsible for the actions.


Jeff Davis (created by), Kirsten Vangsness | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
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
Lance Henriksen ... Chazz Montolo
Rochelle Aytes ... Savannah Hayes
Page Leong ... Dr. Kiyomura
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Mia Hunt ... Nurse Alston
Ana Dela Cruz ... Nurse West
Fran de Leon ... Nurse Marconi
Jennifer Weston ... Nurse Jen


While Morgan and Savannah are standing in a hospital parking lot, Savannah is shot by an unknown long distance sniper, with her and the baby's prognosis touch and go. Because of circumstances, Hotch orders Morgan off the case, which does not sit well with him. The team is certain that the shooting is connected to the Dirty Dozen case and Morgan's recent abduction, that link stronger when Garcia sees a Montolo, Chazz, Giuseppe's father, on hospital surveillance footage around the time Savannah was shot. In addition to locating Chazz Montolo, they have to find out if there is a long game plan to stop what the he and his associates are doing. Meanwhile, Morgan, who is out for revenge, has to decide how much he will divulge to the team in his effort to achieve his own end goal. Written by Huggo

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23 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Shemar Moore (Morgan) stated in an interview that this and Criminal Minds: 100 (2009), will be remembered because they show the relationships between the members of the BAU team and the love they have for each other. See more »


[first lines]
Derek Morgan: [carrying Savannah into an emergency room] Help me! Help! She's been shot! Help me!
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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Not even close to a disaster- much better than anticipated
7 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 11 generally has been one of 'Criminal Minds' weakest seasons, with most of the other seasons having more standout episodes and less misfires.

Judging from the very mixed to negative reviews on the 'Criminal Minds' message board, most of whom having a bias against the character of Derek Morgan and even Shemar Moore, this reviewer was expecting a disaster and one of the show's worst episodes. To me, while nowhere near one of the show's best episodes "Beautiful Disaster" is not even close to being one of the worst or a disaster.

It is one, again to me, of the better episodes covering this particular on-going story arc, with the unresolved questions that "Derek" had being solved here, though they should have been resolved earlier perhaps. Sure, it's not perfect, parts are a little too complicated with a bit too much going on and some implausible moments and the resolution to the climax did seem a little too simple and convenient.

What makes "Beautiful Disaster" more than watchable and a nice send-off for Morgan are the little character moments (episodes with not so special plots like "Painless" for example, not the worst case but a good example benefit from these). The scene between Morgan and Chaz (chillingly played by Lance Henrikssen) is appropriately tense and the setting of the darkened house (that was like a horror film nod), the final fifteen minutes are really sweet and moving, couldn't help tearing up, and Reid's speech also has an emotional impact.

"Beautiful Disaster" is also a well-made episode, stylish, dark and atmospheric with the darkened house giving a sense of foreboding and horror. Matthew Gray Gubler does very well with the direction, he keeps the story tight and brings eccentricity and tension to the episode. The music is haunting and hypnotic as ever. The script is thought-provoking, poignant, not too convoluted or simplistic and tense and the dynamic between the team carries the episode beautifully.

Contrary to what has been read, this reviewer doesn't think that "Beautiful Disaster" was too soap-opera-ish and that it did feel like 'Criminal Minds', it's episodes like "Derek" and especially "200" that don't and "Beautiful Disaster" in my opinion is a much better episode than both of them. The acting from the regular ensemble is very good, especially from Matthew Gray Gubler and Shemar Moore, and as said Henrikssen is a very effective vengeful villain that does evoke chills.

All in all, much better than anticipated and a nice send off to Morgan. Not as good as the closing of the Boston Reaper/George story arc in "100" but much better than that of The Replicator/John Curtis in "The Replicator" (which had great potential but fizzled badly). 8/10 Bethany Cox

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