Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 12

The Uncanny Valley

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 13, 2010 on CBS
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The BAU is called to Atlantic City to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession who is abducting and killing a certain type of woman.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • They get the medicine wrong AGAIN

    8.0
    In season four I suspended reality, but people come on this is getting silly. I loved this episode till the science failed miserably. If you use a central acting muscle relaxant like the ones mentioned in the episode which are used in hospitals, the patient needs to be intubated and placed on a ventilator because your diaphragm gets paralyzed too. Plus you won't be able to blink or roll the eyes. That's why they are so dangerous and only administered in a freaking hospital *facepalm*moreless
  • Diabetics Rule

    10
    i have diabetes and i find it cool that diabetes saved the victim's life in the end.
  • The uncanny valley.

    10
    This is one of my favorites so far. Dr. Reid shined through in this one. This show is so deep and it really let all the stars shine through in this episode. Would watch again.
  • Wonderful

    10
    I felt that as soon as I knew what this episode was about it was going to be good. It did not disappoint in the least.



    I find it very rare when I actually sympathize with the unsub, but I did. Her docile demeanor and overall pathetic childhood made me feel very sorry for the poor woman. It was not her fault anyways, nurture not nature drove her to kidnapping and manslaughter(I beleive that is correct as the deaths were unintentional). The make-up on the victims was almost eerie. They literally looked like dolls. I think this will go down as one of the best episodes of CM.moreless
  • Better than the previous episode with a Kathy Bates-esque female unsub who is clearly very disturbed. I actually felt a lot of sympathy for her and tried to ignore a few plot holes along the way whilst giving kudos to the makeup department!moreless

    7.0
    Atlantic City, New Jersey is where the BAU must head to solve their next case where two women have been found dead and made up to look like dolls - clothes, hair and makeup all very doll-like and childish.



    When we learn that the unsub is a female who is abducting these women, paralysing them, then dressing them up like dolls to re-create a childhood fantasy of happily playing with her toys, it is hard to feel anything but sympathy for her as we realise she is completely unstable and has suffered some kind of great trauma in her earlier years.



    Because I liked the episode, I'm going to try to ignore the glaring impossibility of someone untrained correctly repositioning an iv on the first attempt without any torniquet to find the vein and also the fact that a 'doll' who could barely move across the floor somehow hoisted herself back into a chair before the unsub returned.



    It was shocking to hear that the unsub's father had subjected her to ECT to cover up his molestation of her but not surprising as we knew that something pretty horrendous had happened to make the unsub behave the way she did.



    Overall, perhaps not technically correct in some areas but I enjoyed it all the same. Didn't enjoy Hotch's obvious emotional difficulties though, but, of course, this is necessary to show and quite in keeping with all that he has endured.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

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Dr. Malcolm

Guest Star

Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

Detective Cotrone

Guest Star

Rosalie Ward

Rosalie Ward

Bethany Wallace

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When SSA Emily Prentiss presents the Unsub's profile, she states the victims' wigs were sewn to their scalps, "a technique used in attaching hair to porcelain dolls." Doll wigs cannot, in fact, be sewn to porcelain. They are glued onto the dolls' heads.

    • The title of this episode refers to the hypothesis that holds when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, this resemblance causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The "valley" is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot's lifelikeness and explains why almost-human-looking robots scare people more than mechanical-looking robots.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Garcia: Oh my God, she was doomed. Like Emily Bronte doomed. Like Shakespeare doomed. Like red-shirted ensign in Star Trek doomed.

    • Reid: Isaac Asimov wrote, "In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."

    • Reid: Mildred Lisette Norman wrote, "Anything you cannot relinquish, when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions."

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • In the first part of this episode, Garcia makes a passing reference to Star Trek as an homage to guest star Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    • Garcia's line about Emily Bronte, Shakespeare, and Star Trek alluded to the tragic plotlines of Wuthering Heights and other works of Bronte, the many tragedies of William Shakespeare, and the propensity for violent deaths among red-uniformed crew members in the original Star Trek series episodes.

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