Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 23

Our Darkest Hour

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 26, 2010 on CBS
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The BAU faces one of its most difficult cases when a serial killer is lured out of hiding after a series of rolling blackouts in Los Angeles give him the opportunity to pursue his victims in the darkness.

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  • Would LOVE this episode but that girl is annoying!! they could've not a better child actress to do her part

    10
    Tim Curry you are AMAZING as always <3
  • Worst ep ever

    1.5
    I don't leave reviews normally... i usually just enjoy the show and don't criticise... but lack of logic on a show which got me seeing it in the first place with ep's with logic irritates me... Spicer's memory... Morgan and Spicer going out there alone... all of this is sad... i mean this is a season ender... please... hope it gets better
  • a serial killer comes out of nowhere and continues killing with no known M.O. that anyone can remember. It's seems that the writers are stretching the imagination with this episode.

    3.0
    I used to be a fan of this show. It's seems now all the writers want to do is is offer up gratuitous violence week by week with very little in the way of real mystery writing. And now the current fad is offering up the violence using children as key characters in the storyline. I love a good mystery as well as the next person but this last episode just went over the line for me. It's no wonder Mandy Potemkin left the show.



    This is all I want to say about this show but I had a minimum of words to use...lolmoreless
  • Best Ever!

    10
    I am an avid cm fan, and I thought this was one of the best shows they ever did. It was the most disturbing one I've seen, making it great television. I don't like those shows where you know what's gonna happen, the bad guys get caught, people are saved, good guys win.

    This episode was shocking as the girl's dad was actually killed; didn't see that one coming. The "night stalker" was ruthless and the emotions the show brought out in seeing all the death, dispare, and wonder is a rarity in television shows today. I'm just surprised so many people weren't happy with it. I thought it was brilliant. Way to go, cm!moreless
  • Weak. Totally against the spirit of the show.

    1.5
    Weak. Totally against the spirit of the show. Suddenly Morgan forgets how to enter a room with an unsub on the premises? Which leads to the rest of the travesty.

    The bad guys neverwin on this show (even though you know that innocent people will get killed, obviously). Even though you know he will eventually be caught, killing Spicer, having Morgan tied up and helpless and getting away with the girl, equals him winning. Writers, stop trying to end every season with a shocker, because you really blew this one. You made it very hard to even care about what happened in the next episode, which is a terrible way to start a new season.moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Det. Adam Kurzbard

Guest Star

Eric Close

Eric Close

Det. Matt Spicer

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Tim Curry

Tim Curry

Billy Flynn

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    • The song heard in the opening of this episode is "I'm Your Man" by Leonard Cohen. Also heard in this episode was "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Reid references Richard Ramírez in this episode. Dubbed the "Night Stalker" by the media prior to his capture, Ramírez is an American serial killer, sex offender and burglar who is awaiting execution on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Following his arrest, sensationalist reporting of his apparent interest in the occult and Satanism was common. His image appears in the opening title sequence of the show.

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