Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Our Darkest Hour 

The BAU are called to California when a sadistic serial killer appears and begins killing people in the dark during the rolling blackouts.


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Messer | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Tim Curry ... Billy Flynn
Robert Davi ... Detective Eric Kurzbard
Linda Purl ... Colleen Everson
Austin Highsmith ... Kristin
Eric Close ... Detective Matt Spicer
Dar Dixon ... Greg Everson
Isabella Murad Isabella Murad ... Ellie Spicer
Maxim Knight ... Carter


In two separate incidents, an unsub has raped and/or killed in Los Angeles, California. The first victims, two females, were raped, tortured then killed in the downtown area. Three days later in the suburbs, a woman, in her home, was raped repeatedly in front of her husband, the latter who was ultimately killed. The wife was purposefully kept alive. These incidents have taken place in the area of the city where the rolling blackouts have occurred that evening, the blackouts to combat the excessive power use due to the heatwave. Garcia determines that the unsub has been at work for at least twenty-six years - raping and murdering during blackouts - the individual incidents never having been connected since he has never killed in the same city consecutively until now. In speaking to the detectives in charge, the BAU make a connection to one of the first killings as the reason the unsub has returned to Los Angeles. From there, the BAU think they know who the next target will be. They ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Davi (Detective Kurzbard) and Eric Close (Detective Spicer), also played FBI agents on other television shows. Davi was the lead profiler on Profiler (1996), while Close played an FBI agent on Without a Trace (2002), which also deals with profiling. See more »


Billy Flynn (Tim Curry) is listening to a news station that identifies itself on FM 99.6. Radio stations in the US exclusively use odd digits on the FM band. (i.e. 98.7, 102.5, 99.7, etc.) See more »


Emily Prentiss: [Brings her laptop showing a video link with Garcia] Guys, Garcia has something
Penelope Garcia: Okay, everybody needs to sit down, 'cause I'm about to rock your world and not in the way I like to do it!
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I'm Your Man
Written by Leonard Cohen.
Performed by Leonard Cohen.
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Solid finale to Season 5
29 June 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Since first viewing 'Criminal Minds' seven or eight years ago now, it became a favourite and while there are better episodes and seasons than others it still is.

While not one of the best episodes of the entire seasons, "Our Darkest Hour" for me is one of the better season finales of the show. As ever, it's stylishly filmed, very atmospherically lit with chilling use of darkness and lovely locations. The music fits well and doesn't undermine the tension in any way, with the theme tune still hypnotic. Who can't argue with one of the most effectively haunting uses of Leonard Cohen with "I'm Your Man" to grace my television set?

Most of the writing is solid, apart from a couple of inconsistencies and continuity lapses to other seasons (particularly with Morgan) and Morgan's dialogue at the end stretches credibility somewhat. It doesn't undermine the investigation in any way though, because much of the dialogue thought-provoking and with some nice tension and little out of place humour.

The story throughout is riveting, with very few 'Criminal Minds' episodes having as creepy an atmosphere (so creepy it's almost disturbing) and despite being only the first of a two parter it's always cohesive and the twist three quarters of a way through is very clever. The ending is quite intense, helped by the presence of Tim Curry's Billy Flynn and his dialogue, which is golden in how frighteningly twisted it is.

'Criminal Minds' regular cast are on top form, particularly Shemar Moore, and Eric Close and Robert Davi are good in supporting roles. The only "weak" performance is that of Isabella Murad, her performance is much better in the season 6 opener but she does come over as forced here and the terror that Ellie should have been feeling at that point was not particularly believable.

"Our Darkest Hour" however belongs to Tim Curry, who is skin-crawlingly brilliant as not just one of the show's most memorable and perhaps its creepiest unsubs but also his second most terrifying villain (even when not saying a word, even his appearance here unnerves you) role after Pennywise in 'It'.

In conclusion, solid finale though better was to follow in the second part of this two parter story. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

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