Thursday, May 23, 2013

Criminal Minds Boss on The Replicator Reveal, the Finale Death and What's Next in Season 9

By Joyce Eng

So it was Luke Skywalker after all.

Criminal Minds' season-long unsub/stalker The Replicator was finally unmasked on Wednesday's two-hour finale as Mark Hamill's federal agent/biochemistry nut John Curtis. At the end of the first hour, Curtis breaks into Strauss' (Jayne Atkinson) hotel room, after which he forces the recovering alcoholic to drink before drugging her with "Doctor Death," the meth/ecstasy mix at the center of the case the BAU had just solved. He lets Strauss wander the New York streets, where the section chief dies on a bench in the arms of Hotch (Thomas Gibson) - not her BAU-member-with-benefits Rossi (Joe Mantegna).

So who is John Curtis anyway? And why was he targeting the BAU? It turns out Curtis worked in the Department of Justice, which receives the team's case reports, and like Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), he was screwed over by Strauss when they had to take the fall for a mishap in the Amerithrax case 12 years ago. Needless to say, he did not take it well that Blake managed to join the BAU all these years later. Strauss had actually been investigating The Replicator rogue after having told the team that the case was dormant in the 16th episode. Believing that The Replicator was on the inside, she doctored the team's case report from last week, listing a fake M.O. that The Replicator used on Strauss.

After kidnapping Blake when the BAU's chopper was forced to crash-land on his property, Curtis planned to kill the whole team via a bomb in his house, but Rossi - whom Curtis had drugged earlier to lead him to believe that Morgan (Shemar Moore) was The Replicator - instead locks Curtis in the booby-trapped room and escapes the room by using Strauss' sobriety chip as a wedge in the lock. The house explodes... but we never see Curtis' body.

So is The Replicator really dead? And why did Strauss have to die? Showrunner and executive producer Erica Messer answers our burning questions.

Read more about the season finale, why no cliffhanger, why Strauss, and what to expect for season 9 going to


  1. So they'll probably bring in anew section chief rather than promoting Hotch to SC and Morgan to UC, that's good, I was wondering whether or not they were going to promote in team. I hope they won't, I wasn't a fan of unit chief Morgan. I hope if/when they do bring in a new SC they have about the screen time as Strauss did rather than being like an eighth member of the team. If we get a fresh face with either a different ethnicity or if a woman, not a clone of Strauss.

    I'm looking forwards to season 9. It's like the writers have a complete clean slate. No team changes, no big bad, no cliffhangers to address, this could be the time for the writers to come back strong and have an interesting profiling, cast orientated season. We've had some really great team centred episodes this season, I hope next season comes back strong, season 1-5 strong, not season 6-8 where there has been a lot of real life drama which sees to influence the writing!

  2. *that was supposed to say, it would be nice to get a fresh face with a different ethnicity/ a woman who is not a clone of Strauss.

    I imagine they'll probably go with a male this time who might stir up a little trouble for the team or makes his presence known, idk... I like the thought of conflict but I don't want the section chief to be the BAU antagoniser who comes in to change the team or something only to realise how great they all are etc, my issue with Strauss in the later seasons was her complete 180 on wanting to take the team down to being their BFF...

    You would have thought that the section chief would have lots of teams to oversee not just the BAU to micromanage. Soo can't see the new SC having a huge, prominent role, unless they were going to try and mess or interfere in the team's day to day cases.


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