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Criminal Minds Bad Moon on the Rise (2005– ) Online

Criminal Minds Bad Moon on the Rise (2005– ) Online
Original Title :
Bad Moon on the Rise
Genre :
TV Episode / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
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Directror :
Christoph Schrewe
Cast :
Joe Mantegna,Matthew Gray Gubler,A.J. Cook
Writer :
Jeff Davis,Karen Maser
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TV Episode
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Criminal Minds Bad Moon on the Rise (2005– ) Online

The BAU is called to New York City where a second person in the span of a month has been found dead in Central Park, the victims disemboweled, and their throats torn out. Beyond both victims being male, they have little in common, the first the member of a vicious street gang, the second a late night jogger who led a low risk lifestyle. The killings could conceivably have been done by an animal, such as a wolf or a vicious dog, especially as there are puncture wounds on the victims that look to be made by extremely sharp non-human canine teeth. If it was animal killings, the animals could have been trained to do so as opposed to them being random attacks. When the M.E. discovers no canine blood or hair on the victims and that the victims' seeming bite marks contain ecstasy laced human saliva, coupled with the killings having taken place on full moon nights, the team believes the unsub is having drug induced psychosis believing himself to be a werewolf. However, because of the bite ...
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna Joe Mantegna - David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler Matthew Gray Gubler - Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook A.J. Cook - Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness Kirsten Vangsness - Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler Aisha Tyler - Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney Daniel Henney - Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez Adam Rodriguez - Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster Paget Brewster - Emily Prentiss
Daniella Alonso Daniella Alonso - Lisa Douglas
Ronnie Marmo Ronnie Marmo - Mitchell McCord
Melissa De Sousa Melissa De Sousa - Adele McCord
Carlin James Carlin James - Chad Higgins
Derek Anthony Derek Anthony - Captain Martin Savalas
Susan Slome Susan Slome - M.E. Clare Kaufman
Nico Christou Nico Christou - Bryce McCord

"Bad moon on the rise" is a lyric from the chorus of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Bad Moon Rising."

The bald NYPD captain was named Savalas; no doubt in homage to the most famous bald NYPD cop Kojak (1973) ( Telly Savalas ).

MDA stands for Methylenedioxyamphetamine, which as Agent Alvez states is a more potent precursor to MDMA (ecstasy) which stands for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDA is not as sought after as MDMA because it tends to have more severe side effects, including hallucinations, paranoia and violent outbursts, most people take ecstasy for its euphoric and empathic effects and these effects are not as prevalent with MDA. MDA is produced in small amounts when MDMA is metabolized and is sometimes used as a cutting agent in MDMA since it is cheaper to synthesize.

The William Shakespeare verse Tara quotes is from Act 5, Scene 2 of "Othello".

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'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.

"Bad Moon on the Rise" is another very solid episode. What should have been a really cheesy and weird case, and it honestly sounded like it from the premise, turned out to be a compelling and incredibly creepy one. There are also enough nice and surprising turns to balance it all out. There is a good deal of suspense but also sympathetic emotion

The team work, the procedural aspects and how it's all solved evokes prime 'Criminal Minds', there is lots of each and it's all thought-provoking and delightful. It doesn't make the mistakes that many latter season episodes made (i.e. too much unsub, unsub revealed too early, problematically executed cases, too much reliance on convenience, lack of balance, too many soapy personal life subplots, team underuse and not enough procedural/delving into the criminal's mind). In fact, there is a sense that "Bad Moon on the Rise" didn't forget what made 'Criminal Minds' work so well in the first place. The twists keep coming and those towards the end are shocking. The climax avoids being clichéd and goes a different direction, and one that made just as much sense as what it could have been, to what is expected.

Plenty of room for little character moments within the team, one of my favourite things about 'Criminal Minds' and something that lifts even the lesser episodes. Matt has settled well, is a likeable character and gels very well with the team, much more so than most new team members who either took a while to settle or never did anything for me.

Everybody does a great job with the acting, all the regulars are strong as ever, the unsub is one that evokes chills but one feels genuinely sorry for them without being manipulated to and their back-story is another poignant and beautifully handled one.

Visually, "Bad Moon on the Rise" is stylish and atmospheric, while the music is haunting without being over-bearing while having presence still, the script is taut with a touch of sweetness and poignancy here and there and the direction is alert and accommodating.

On the other hand, the episode could have delved deeper into the unsub's persona when killing, how and why. That was a very potentially interesting element that didn't feel explored enough. Likewise the victimology was rather odd and its exploration flimsy.

Luke's subplot was fairly sweet and didn't take over too much. It would have resonated more though if Lisa was more interesting and that if it wasn't too familiar, reading of a slightly more interesting and less soapy variation of the relationship between Morgan and Savannah. Am not going to go into the technical advisors stuff, am not as big an expert on that and prefer to talk about other individual elements when reviewing.

In summary, pretty solid. 7/10 Bethany Cox


Criminal Minds meets Law and Order: SVU in this episode that takes the gang to NYC to investigate some bizarre killings in Central Park. The familiar setting worked for this episode, and the premise was quite entertaining, even if it bordered on comedic at times.

Not sure if we need the Adam Rodriguez character to have a girlfriend, but I'll see where they go with it.


Worst case of lack of technical advisors I've ever seen on this show. The police CAPTAIN wore SERGEANT stripes on his shirt all through the show. Unbelievable that no one spotted and corrected this mistake. Must not be anyone connected to the show with law enforcement or military knowledge. Otherwise, the show was about average for this series. I can't see it lasting another season with all the main characters changing. The show has always suffered with unbelievable plots, and seems to be getting worse.


I saw the same blunder as mapmail. I couldn't believe the sergeant stripes and the captain bars. I waited to hear how the "sartain" was addressed. NYPD, tank above sargent wear white uniform shirts. I don't recall this show making a mistake like this. I spent the rest of the episode looking for and finding other gaffs.