Criminal Minds – The Gathering – starts out with our team still working on trying to figure out who The Replicator is. The team seems a bit frayed as they try to uncover who the person is that is stalking the team and replicating some of their most recent cases. Section Chief Strauss interrupts the team's meeting with news that the Director has deemed The Replicator's case to be inactive and wants his best team to be focused on current cases.
This leads the team to St Paul where at least two women have recently been murdered and had their tongues removed. How gruesome to think of someone cutting out your tongue while you are still alive. That is one of the things I love most about Criminal Minds, they can make you shudder without actually seeing any real gore. By the time our team arrives in St Paul, two more lives have been taken, this time a brother and a sister but only the woman's tongue has been removed. The women that have been murdered all seem to have one common denominator; they lead very active virtual lives.
Criminal Minds has always been adept at bringing to light things in our own lives we do that put us at risk, things that we can perhaps change in order to make our lives a little safer. In this case it is that we sometimes share a little too much about ourselves on-line. It is what got these women killed. As someone who is involved in social media, I had to ask myself what is available about my personal life on Twitter, Facebook and other websites I have joined. This is one of several episodes that Criminal Minds has aired that highlights this point. Be safe and don't over-share, just one of the many things that I have added to my list of things that I have learned from Criminal Minds.
~~ Sir Bedivere