Criminal Minds (2005– )
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People in Maryland with large social media followings are murdered by an unsub who takes on the persona of an Internet urban legend. Meanwhile, Morgan and Savannah struggle to find quality time for each other due to their business careers.


Constantine Makris


Jeff Davis (created by), Rick Dunkle





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
Rochelle Aytes ... Savannah Hayes
James Austin Kerr ... Connor Holt
Ian Nelson ... William Pratt
Shelley Robertson ... Detective Dawn Rosenburg
Paul McKinney ... Charles Lorne
Ana Walczak ... Tara Harris
Jay Renshaw ... Riley Summers
Seth Ginsberg ... Daniel Osbourne


Morgan and Savannah can't seem to find time to make what he at least considers meaningful time away, the most recent case disrupting what would have been the start of a vacation. That case, a local one, is the murder of teenager Tara Harris in her home. She had a strong online presence, continually posting her every movement, she with 200,000 Twitter followers. According to a friend, the more provocative the post, including photos, the better. She seemingly was attacked while she was looking at herself in a mirror, she eventually being slashed across the throat with the broken mirror. It is a BAU case since the unsub posted a selfie of Tara's dead body on her Twitter page. There is a subsequent victim, a male killed in his car with a nail gun, with a somewhat similar online presence. The online similarity is heightened with the "#" symbol at the crime scene. The unsub also is able to post photoshopped pictures to others' Twitter pages, stating that they are on the unsub's hit list. A ... Written by Huggo

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12 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Internet stars Jenna Marbles (Jenna Mourey) and iJustine (Justine Ezarik) are referenced. Justine Ezarik previously had a minor role in Criminal Minds: Middle Man (2010). See more »


On the way to the hospital when Agent Morgan is making a call his phone screen is open to a webpage that can be seen turning when held up to his ear, not the phone app. See more »


Derek Morgan: [closing quote] "There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude and which rightly understood is solitude made perfect" - Robert Louis Stevenson
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »


Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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'Criminal Minds' take on social media should have been much more interesting than shown in "Hashtag"
1 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Of Season 10, "Nelson's Sparrow" and "Mr Scratch" are the only two episodes to me that leap out as outstanding, and two of the best episodes of 'Criminal Minds' in recent years.

Granted, there are definitely worse episodes of 'Criminal Minds' out there, especially the worst of Seasons 9 ("200", "The Black Queen" and 11 ("Awake", "The Bond", "Till Death Do Us Part", "Inner Beauty"), the latter universally regarded as the show's worst season for good reason. "Hashtag" is a lesser episode of Season 10, and that is a shame because like "Burn" it had all the makings of an intriguing episode but was left wanting.

There are good things in "Hashtag". The production values as always look great, very stylish and atmospheric. The music is haunting and melancholic, while not quite enhancing the atmosphere or action it never distracts either. The unsub is a truly creepy one and one that is not revealed too early or used too much, something like many of Season 11's episodes made the mistake of doing. The episode starts off very well and the team meeting is interesting. The acting is good on the whole, with the only real exceptions being Jennifer Love Hewitt, who brings little personality to Kate, doesn't gel with the team and feels out of place within it too, and the lady playing Savannah, not much there either.

However, "Hashtag" is an example of having a concept that everybody will identify with (the dangers of social media) but explores it far less interestingly than it ought. The case itself is too over-familiar and pedestrian, it is a case/idea that we have seen many times before and "Hashtag" does little with it. It does lack atmosphere or urgency as a result of the whole social media stuff taking too much prominence, too much of it feeling forced (such as taking names from 'Buffy and the Vampire Slayer') and everything said is not that illuminating with nothing said that we don't know already.

While you do hate the unsub, you also hate the victims too. Especially Tara, can't believe somebody can be so careless in her online presence. Most people, including people, would be wary of even taking one selfie let alone being prolific at it, making her an easy target for the wrong people. No wonder the team were shocked. There is once again a lack of balance within the team, with too much focus on less interesting characters and the characters that make the show being practically background. Rossi and Reid have very little to nothing to do here, while the whole Morgan and Savannah subplot feels like filler that feels so disjointed and soap-opera-like compared to the rest of the story, with their tacky end scene completely spoiling what could have been a pretty good conclusion.

The lack of chemistry and the lack of personality for Savannah makes it even worse. The writing lacks tightness and such, and what makes 'Criminal Minds' such a great show, when good or even better at its best, often doesn't come through enough. Also Morgan's remorse towards the unsub, considering that he is the tough guy of the team and often near-aggressive with criminals regardless of age, does feel out of character and unwarranted.

Overall, intriguing idea but pretty mediocre episode. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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