Criminal Minds

Season 9 Episode 1

The Inspiration

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2013 on CBS
8.0
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The BAU goes to Arizona to catch a delusional UnSub who thinks that women are out to get him.

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  • Oh well, he must have a twin, let him go then!

    8.5
    Interesting episode but pretty standard up until the end. I'm in two minds about the ending either its really good or really bad, I just can't make my mind up! I'm interested to see the next episode because the twins twist is really good, but the execution of the storyline was really bad. I just don't think that after all these crimes they would just shrug and let this man go instantly just because his prints didn't match those at the scene, they would have held him for longer than that, just to make sure there wasn't a mix up with the prints, before going 'oh well, he must have a twin, let him go then' Also wouldn't Garcia have dug up the whole twins thing earlier?moreless
  • Not the best

    8.0
    Not the best episode but like the to be continued part as from what I read the mother plays a key role. Couldv'e it been done better sure.



    And for all those who watch it just to give it 1 or 2 and says it's my favorite show: How can it be your favorite show if you hate every episode?
  • Unoriginal

    6.5
    So, they're going to play up the twin angle? Every show has done this story, and it's never any good.



    It was not a bad premiere, but the killer just did not hook me in. Not scary, not entertaining, not a lot of thought put into this villain which is wrong considering this was the season premiere.
  • Fingerprints

    8.5
    I always thought different people have different fingerprints. Since Hycanith below said they do, I went to google on it and i was right. They have similiar/alike prints but not the same. Anyways they figured out its twins because they caught someone who looks like Wallace but with different prints. Hycanith must have missed out that last part of the episode.



    Besides that, i generally enjoy the episode. It would work with lesser gore to bring out the storyline tho. How can he has such a huge rotting human head and no one notices the smell? And what happens to the body??moreless
  • A Major Letdown

    4.0
    I had so many issues with this episode, that whatever was good was outweighed by the bad.



    First off: too much gore. As in, gratuitous there for the shock factor gore. By the time it got to the bit with the restaurant, I was almost rolling my eyes. Admittedly, I could see what they were going to do the moment the scene with the restaurant began. I would think it was a decent (and creepy) idea if a very similar thing hadn't happened with Lucky (and the reveal was better, there, imo).



    I'd say the praying mantis thing was a bit of a leap from the evidence, but they lampshaded that on the show, so I'm willing to shrug it off. But the scene with the girl walking on the wall was just... I don't even know. I was caught began cringing and laughing. I think it would have been decent if the girl was actually turning into a praying mantis while that was happening, but as it was it just didn't work for me.



    I also really didn't understand why it was a praying mantis, as opposed to other similar insects. I'm holding out some hope they'll be some explanation of it next episode, but I'm not holding my breath.



    As for the ending, the main problem I had with it wasn't the twin thing. Once I saw they had caught the guy and knew there was another episode, I figured it would be identical twins or a disguise, especially when they mentioned the unusual behavior. However, one thing really bugged me: the fingerprints being different.



    Now, they didn't specifically say they were identical twins, but fraternal twins can look different, and often do; fraternal twins have the same level similarity in DNA as a pair of siblings born from two different pregnancies. So I felt it was implied that these are identical twins we're dealing with. Maybe I'm wrong, and I'll have egg on my face when the next episode airs. Maybe it was fraternal twins. But if it was identical... well, identical twins have the same fingerprints. The exact same fingerprints. So them figuring it was actually an identical twin from the fingerprints doesn't make sense. I guess there could be a scar running through it that makes it obvious it's a different person or something... but I really hope they explain it next episode.



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Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn

SSA Alex Blake

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim

Carla Hines

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Fred Koehler

Fred Koehler

Wallace Hines

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JoNell Kennedy

JoNell Kennedy

Sgt. Lynne Johnson

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