It’s odd writing a Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders season 2 episode 12 review given the current circumstances. CBS canceled the show recently, which means that these are effectively the final episodes of the show airing tonight.
This article isn’t meant to speak for the finale; instead, this is a discussion on some of the things that the first hour did so correctly tonight.
Location – The International Response Team took off to Nepal in the episode to focus on a murder that took place at what appeared to be a retreat for a woman reaching a different sort of enlightenment. Think a sort of “Eat, Pray, Love” situation. What made her murder all the more shocking was the way in which it happened — her death was violent and almost animalistic, which is what made it horrifying for the team members to investigate.
This may also be why there yeti theories started to form.
Yetis – There was an almost Castle like part to this episode in that Monty spent much of the case talking about yetis and the possibility that this may have been a key component in what went down here. That didn’t end up being the case here, but it was nonetheless a nice dose of humor in a show that does tend to be deathly serious at times.
An interesting resolution – There are many times in which the series does have a tendency to directly connect the killer to the case in a way that is rather gruesome. Here, it was more a story of tragedy, as it was revealed that the guilty party was a man who slowly became a monster, separated from his true personality, in the aftermath of an earthquake. It wasn’t someone acting of their own mind, which is what made the case to stop him all the more challenging. The IRT proved yet again why these people are great characters, mostly in how they tried to do the human thing in this case, rather than simply being ruthless murderers out to destroying someone for their actions.
A very strong episode of the show, and a good way to kick off the two-hour finale. Great use of the location and some of the culture further helped the case to stand out. Grade: B+.
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