When a serial killer reappears, the team works with a retired BAU agent who just published a book about the perpetrator.When a serial killer reappears, the team works with a retired BAU agent who just published a book about the perpetrator.When a serial killer reappears, the team works with a retired BAU agent who just published a book about the perpetrator.
"Unfinished Business" very easily could not have been as good as it was. The basic idea of a serial killer resurfacing again after a long period of time is very familiar territory, meaning that the episode faced the danger of being tired, routine and predictable. While the idea has been done better elsewhere, it is done surprisingly well here (as does most of the 'Criminal Minds' episodes, yes this is not the only episode in the show with this concept, exploring this concept, especially Season 4's "Omnivore").
However, "Unfinished Business", while not doing much new, has enough twists and turns to stop it from predictable and has enough tension and suspense to keep it from being tired, especially in a quite hair-raising climax. The interplay between the team and the welcome supporting addition of Max Ryan also helps keeping things fresh, and the identity of the unsub is one of Season 1's most unforeseen or shocking, reminding that seemingly normal people are not what they seen which is what makes the unsub particularly chilling here.
My only problem here actually is Elle. Never have been her biggest fan (and that's putting it mildly), and while seeing her more developed than usual was appreciated she is still annoying (especially with her getting cranky over trivial things and being reminded too many times of it throughout the episode) and played with not much personality. The rest of the team are very interesting, with nobody dominating too much or feeling too much in the background, so the interaction and dynamic does feel more balanced.
Production values as ever are very high in quality, while the music is haunting without being melodramatic, the direction is solid and the script-writing tight and thought-provoking. The acting is very good, lead and supporting.
All in all, extremely good episode that does a surprisingly great job making such a familiar idea feel much less stale than it had potential to be. 9/10 Bethany Cox
- Oct 15, 2016