Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The FBI's assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes, joins the BAU as they investigate a quadruple homicide of a group of roommates in St. Louis.


Rob Bailey


Jeff Davis (created by), Erik Stiller | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Kim Rhodes ... Assistant Director Linda Barnes
Daniel Robbins ... Justin Franco
Rachel Quaintance ... Detective Shannon Morris
Jessica Richards ... Rachel Willow
Deric Augustine ... Ray Murphy
Paloma Rabinov ... Vicky Wilson
Krishna Smitha ... Jenny Kyle


The BAU's next case will be the first with J.J. as acting unit chief following Prentiss' suspension, J.J. not happy about the means of this promotion. The entire team is also not happy that Barnes hand-picked this case as what she considers an "easy win" and that she too will be joining them in the field. While one member takes action to show displeasure in Barnes' actions, they all know that Barnes' end goal is to dismantle the unit, she doing so by picking them off one by one, or if the unit is able to survive that she recreate it in her own vision. The case takes the team to St. Louis, Missouri, where four young roommates have been murdered in their home, they are bound and gagged, and stabbed multiple times. Based on social media, the house seemed to be the focus of the group's extended social circle, and that the roommates acted like a family, each member fulfilling a specific role. Upon arriving in St. Louis, the team further learns that there are three other roommates who were ... Written by Huggo

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7 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Annihilator See more »

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Assistant Director Barnes removed Prentiss as unit chief for allegedly not following FBI regulations and committing criminal acts to close cases. Then on the first case she works Barnes tells Lewis to fabricate a statement from one of the surviving roommates saying she believes Larry is without a doubt responsible for the murders, Barnes says this will help bolster the evidence against Larry. Doing that is not only against BAU and FBI procedure, it's a crime, specifically it is suborning perjury, which is a class E felony. She can't turn around and do the very thing she is accusing the BAU of doing in the past and expect to be taken seriously. See more »


Assistant Director Linda Barnes: Now we need to ensure that mistakes, likes the ones you made today, never happen again
Jennifer Jareau: Mistakes *we* made?
Assistant Director Linda Barnes: That said, Agent Prentiss, your suspension is lifted. You'll be reassigned within the Bureau. Your new post has yet to be determined
Penelope Garcia: What?
Assistant Director Linda Barnes: Agent Lewis, you will also be reassigned. Agent Reid, you will be a full-time professor with our exchange program. Agent Rossi, the FBI deeply appreciates your service, and the director wishes you nothing but the best in your retirement. Agent Simmons, ...
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References Criminal Minds: Lauren (2011) See more »


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Promise annihilated
24 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Criminal Minds' has always been one of my most-watched shows and was a personal favourite for a while. Seasons 1-5 was its best period, Season 4 was especially great. It did get hit and miss from Season 6 onwards, with a mix of good and more episodes and disappointing and less episodes. Season 11 was, apart from about 5 episodes, pretty weak. Season 12 was inconsistent but generally an improvement, its weakest episodes nowhere near as bad as the low-points of Seasons 6, 9 and especially 11.

Season 13 so far has not been too bad at all, pretty good even actually. It is already so much better than Season 11, which started off well actually but quickly went downhill, and has generally settled quicker than Season 12. As far as the previous Season 13 episodes go, only "Submerged" properly underwhelmed. There aren't any classics yet but also no low points, most episodes up to this point were decent to very good.

Despite "Submerged" being a disappointment, it was still a watchable episode. For me "Annihilator", easily one of Season 13's worst, is the season's first less than average episode. Consider it actually a 'Criminal Minds' low point, have not said that about a 'Criminal Minds' episode in a long way, not since Season 11's "Inner Beauty" of which "Annihilator" is the worst episode since.

One of the main reasons for that is that "Annihilator" to me is the first Season 13 episode to completely lose what made 'Criminal Minds' so great, containing most of the faults that made Season 11 so disappointing. The case itself is very paint-by-numbers, is very predictable and has little to it. No tension, no suspense, no emotional investment, no creepiness, there is nothing, culminating in one of the show's messiest showdowns. Worst of it, it and the team's crime solving/procedural/profiling aspects play secondary to other elements of the episode.

Also the unsub is one of the season's least interesting, nothing memorable or special about them. Got little sense of threat, little development and there isn't even the "feeling sorry for them" factor and also with vague motivations, they were not much different from other unsubs with a vanilla personality. One of the main reasons for seeing 'Criminal Minds' is the team interaction and the little character moments, their skills and interaction aren't featured enough and little character moments are also not enough and generally forgettable.

Every one of those elements play second fiddle to something that pretty much single-handedly ruined the episode and the worst thing to happen to the show in some time. That is the character of Barnes, a maligned character among fans for good reasons, was indifferent to her in "Miasma" and hated her here. She has no warmth or personality, is not even good at her job (useless actually and prone to saying face-palming things), really grates on the viewer and she comes over as too domineering. The conflict between her and team takes up too much of the episode, already feels over-stretched and is far too derivative of the conflict between Hotch and Strauss (except worse). It even doesn't look good, unusual for 'Criminal Minds' which is usually slick, atmospheric and stylish, here the production values look direct to video quality.

For all those bad things there are plus points. The music is still neither intrusive yet has enough presence that stops it from being too low-key. The acting from all the regulars is good to great. Love Prentiss and Reid.

Reid also has the highlight moment of "Annihilator", the moment where he stands up to Barnes (in fact everything concerning where she is stood up to). A moment where one is relieved to see the writers having a rare glimpse of good writing here, the rest of the writing is really sloppy and unbalanced, where what the viewer is thinking is said on screen.

Overall, a few plus points but a pretty bad episode, the worst since "Inner Beauty", and the season's first failure. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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