Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: 1×13 – Paper Orphans

When the daughter of an American family visiting Haiti to adopt a child is kidnapped, the International Response Team travels to the island nation to try to find her. Also, Jack and his wife, Karen, prepare to send their daughter to college.

I was really excited about this spinoff from Criminal Minds, mainly because of the fantastic cast line up in Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza and Daniel Henney.

Unfortunately the majority of the season failed to deliver for me.  Most of the episodes were just ….. boring.  Yes, I’m surprised that that is even possible given the cast, the tried and tested formula plus the “exotic” locations (read: green screens).  It even got to the point where I was actually kind of disappointed that the show got renewed for a second season because I know I won’t be able to stop watching without giving it another chance.

However, I’m delighted to say that I enjoyed the finale and this was everything that I would expect from a Criminal Minds finale, down to the opening and ending with family and team family moments.

Whilst I felt sorry for the American family, I also really felt sorry for the perp given all that she had gone through.  The case was interesting and there wasn’t any of those awkward scenes where Monty has to confront the worried parents by himself.

4 Stars

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