Counting down the 10 most f***ed up Criminal Minds episodes ever
[WARNING: The following piece contains pictures and plot descriptions that some readers may find disturbing]
Making its UK premiere tonight at 9pm exclusively to W is the much anticipated spinoff to procedural hit Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Led by CSI:NY veteran Gary Sinise, the series follows a special division of the FBI International Response Team, which is in charge of – you guessed it – tackling cases beyond US borders, where American citizens have found themselves in trouble abroad.
In celebration of the new show, we’re looking at the creepiest, most disturbing, f***ed up episodes of Criminal Minds to have aired so far. How they manage to put some of this stuff out on mainstream TV is beyond us…
#10. “Hopeless” (Season 5, Episode 4)
The BAU investigates a group of suspects with a pack mentality who are randomly selecting their victims and murdering them for the thrill of it. The creepiest thing about this episode is probably the fact that the UnSubs hid a body in the wall of a home they to helped build, which its new occupants are completely oblivious to.
#9. “Legacy” (Season 2, Episode 22)
When homeless people begin mysteriously disappearing from the streets of Kansas City, a local detective calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances. It is suspected that a local meat plant is responsible, and that the facility’s owner is abducting the homeless for experimentation. It’s especially upsetting that many of the victims in this episode have gone missing without anyone even noticing; not to mention the nightmare-inducing maze of torture the UnSub put his victims through before ultimately killing them.
#8. “The Perfect Storm” (Season 2, Episode 3)
When two families in Jacksonville receive DVDs that show their daughters being raped and tortured, the BAU believes a two-person killing team is responsible. The revelation of misogynistic serial killer Amber Canardo – the mastermind of the killing team – is supremely terrifying, as are the details of the abuse she suffered during childhood at the hands of her father and brother.
#7. “North Mammon” (Season 2, Episode 7)
After a man abducts three teenage girls and locks them in a cellar, he tells them only two of them will live, and they must choose which one will die. The BAU takes the case when the mother of one of the girls travels to Quantico to ask them to intercede with the FBI on the girls’ behalf. The haunting psychological torture and inevitable ‘what would I do?’ internal debate is pretty unbearable to watch.
#6. “Epilogue” (Season 7, Episode 6)
The BAU search California’s Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Between the scenes of abuse the UnSub suffered at his father’s hands and the torture he puts his victims through, along with Carolyn’s death in the final scene, this makes for an extremely dark and harrowing watch.
#5. “Mosley Lane” (Season 5, Episode 16)
The BAU is called by local authorities in the appropriately named Ashburn, Virginia, to profile a predator who may have been abducting children for at least eight years. It later transpires that the UbSubs in question are the wholly spine-chilling Roycewoods, who have been disposing of their young victims using the crematorium in their funeral home. Why??!
#4. “Into the Woods” (Season 6, Episode 9)
Any Criminal Minds story involving kids is just going to horrible, isn’t it? The BAU is called to search for a man targeting children when the remains of an eight-year-old boy are found on the Appalachian Trail. The demeanour of this UnSub, who’s isolated himself from society in order to ‘maintain his lifestyle’, gave us chills for days. And the fact that he manages to evade capture and escape back into the woods at the episode’s conclusion? Don’t get us started or we will not stop.
#3. “Our Darkest Hour” (Season 5, Episode 23)
The clue’s in the title, isn’t it? The BAU is called to Los Angeles when a serial killer is lured out of hiding after a series of rolling blackouts gives him the perfect opportunity to pursue his victims in the darkness. Tim Curry is the creepiest he’s been since Pennywise as serial spree killer and rapist Billy Flynn, AKA “The Prince of Darkness”. *Shudder*.
#2. “Lucky” (Season 3, Episode 8)
The BAU pursues a cannibalistic Satanist serial killer active in Bridgewater, Florida, that leads Morgan to question his faith. The idea of a cannibalistic UnSub needing to make his fellow community members complicit in his crimes by having them unknowingly consume one of his victims, along with the shocking ending featuring Garcia’s shooting, was just TOO MUCH.
#1. “To Hell… And Back” (Season 4, Episodes 24 and 25)
After a man in Detroit reveals evidence to several suspected disappearances that may be connected, the BAU is called to help track down the serial killer who is responsible. As the BAU investigates in Canada, they stumble upon disturbing evidence that could expose the killer’s motives. Meanwhile, a team member becomes the target of a killer from the past.
The delusions and desperation of Mason Turner, and the characterisation of his autistic brother Lucas, were more tragic than anything. But then the murders they committed for the sake of ‘scientific experimentation’ were just so horrifying that we couldn’t really feel sympathy for them, resulting in an altogether uncomfortable viewing experience. Remind us why we watch this show again?
Synopses courtesy of criminalminds.wikia.com
In the mood for what’s sure to be an equally disturbing and distressing ride? Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders begins tonight (Wednesday April 20) at 9pm, exclusively to W.