Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders a spinoff of the hit CBS Television Network series "Criminal Minds," is a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.
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  1. 1. The Harmful One
    March 15, 2016
    42min
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    Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise) and his International Response Team (IRT) travel to Thailand when three American volunteers go missing during a trek to Bangkok, and reconnect with former colleague Clara Seger (Alana De La Garza), who helps them rush to gather evidence leading to the UnSub before a storm threatens to wash it away. Joe Mantegna guest stars as David Rossi.
  2. 2. Harvested
    March 22, 2016
    41min
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    When an American man attending a festival in Mumbai wakes up missing a kidney and his friend gone, the International Response Team's investigation leads them to suspect the UnSub is more than just trading organs on the Black Market.
  3. 3. Denial
    March 29, 2016
    43min
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    The International Response Team heads to Cairo when an Egyptian-American former U.S. serviceman is killed in a gas attack there and his friend goes missing. Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness makes a guest appearance as Penelope Garcia.
  4. 4. Whispering Death
    April 5, 2016
    41min
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    The International Response Team travels to Japan, where the team assists local law enforcement to investigate a string of homicides made to look like suicides.
  5. 5. The Lonely Heart
    April 5, 2016
    42min
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    The International Response Team heads to Paris to search for an UnSub targeting Americans who live there.
  6. 6. Love Interrupted
    April 12, 2016
    41min
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    The International Response Team heads to Belize to search for a couple who disappears while on their honeymoon in what appears to be a targeted abduction. Autumn Reeser guest stars.
  7. 7. Citizens of the World
    April 19, 2016
    42min
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    The International Response Team travels to Morocco when a retired couple from Idaho is kidnapped while visiting the country on a cruise.
  8. 8. De Los Inocentes
    April 26, 2016
    43min
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    When a woman vacationing in Mexico with her family is the victim of foul play, the International Response Team investigates her husband as the prime suspect when he flees.
  9. 9. The Matchmaker
    May 3, 2016
    40min
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    When an American girl leaves home to meet her boyfriend in Turkey, the International Response Team suspects she's in trouble after being tricked by someone posing as her boyfriend. Sonya Walger guest stars.
  10. 10. Iqiniso
    May 10, 2016
    42min
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    When an American college student working in Johannesburg is killed and his brother goes missing, the International Response Team suspects a gang could be behind both. Mykelti Williamson guest stars.
  11. 11. The Ballad of Nick and Nat
    May 10, 2016
    41min
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    When American victims are found in different locations throughout Cuba, the International Response Team heads to the island nation to search for possible spree killers.
  12. 12. El Toro Bravo
    May 24, 2016
    42min
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    The IRT heads to Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls.
  13. 13. Paper Orphans
    May 24, 2016
    43min
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    The International Response Team rushes to Haiti when the young daughter of an American family visiting the island nation is kidnapped.

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    February 28, 2016
    3min
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    Get a first look at this new CBS drama which is a spinoff of the hit CBS Television Network series "Criminal Minds". Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.

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Devnet Anastasia VigdisReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsBe Prepared For A Global Experience Of Suspense, Wonder, and Mystery.
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I was pleased and heartened to see the degree of imagination and enthusiasm put into these performances herein by regulars and guest stars alike, but above all I reserve my highest praise for the show's writers and directors, and I commend likewise the producers and even those tasked with creating the opening and closing credits, including the opening lines read by Mr Sinise with just the correct amount of gravity as each episode shows us on the global map where the drama will be taking place in our troubled world.

I know that not everyone will agree with me on this one, but it won't be the first review in which my opinion has gone against the grain, one direction or t'other.

Many viewers are heartily displeased with this show, citing its similarity to other Criminal Minds shows. Well, of course it's similar, to a limited degree! It is supposed to be so.

If it weren't, people would complain long and loud that it wasn't the same show, did not have the right to bear the franchise name as part of its title, and so on! I can well imagine the ruckus, as I have in fact seen spinoffs that diverged so severely from their parent shows that no resemblance save for the title remained. And in those instances, believe me, fans were anything but happy. I would have sided with that lot if that had happened here, but it didn't, and that's just as it ought to be.

To be a proper spinoff, the show needs a dash of resemblance to its parent series, or it simply wouldn't work. This one has just enough and no more. Then it takes off in its own direction to do its own thing, which is to show us tantalizing glimpses of the amazing beauty of this world whilst it makes us tremble as the perilous dangers it hides are exposed to our wondering eyes.

It has just the right touch of similarity to the other shows in the franchise as a framework around which to build episode after episode of fascinating, thrilling, and often downright terrifying mystery set on foreign shores.

In some cases, the villains have dark ulterior motives, based on the idea that visiting Yanks must have bucketloads of money.

But other times, the villain will turn out to be a tragic lunatic, caught in a welter of anger and grief and mental illness that his or her native land cannot handle and that some terribly unfortunate visitor has fatally stumbled right into, when the journey of a lifetime's dream swiftly becomes a nightmare death or kidnapping. Occasionally, we get the unexpected lift of seeing a captured American who was thought dead returned far from unscathed but thankfully alive.

About the villain's motivation: the other Criminal Minds shows have a bit less freedom in this one area. Generally they must produce a serial offender who, whether from psychopathy or some other mental aberration, is killing due to pressure from the deranged psyche within.

Here, on the other hand, we see that the offender on foreign shores may sometimes be possessed of financial motives, sometimes have powerful political ideation as his/her driving inner force, or sometimes be genuinely and tragically insane. For yet another twist, one show revealed the primary perpetrator to be an expat American! One truly cannot be fully prepared for what the ending may reveal. Expect the unexpected.

Not only does this show have that latitude of freedom to surprise and thrill the suspense-filled viewer, it also has both the sophistication and the restraint not to give the game away midshow by adding too many hints or splashing us with any gratuitous gore (there is plenty of gore, but it's not excessive or childish), and even for viewers who, like me, often have a show's plot untangled well before closing credits roll, this show, I promise you, will often have you guessing right up until the shocking denouement in which both villain and motives are chillingly exposed.

In some cases the effect will leave you sitting stunned and not a little perturbed well after your telly is switched off and the household has quieted down for bed.

Be prepared for disturbing dreams, perhaps, but likewise, be prepared for learning new things, stretching your mind, weeping a bit here and there, being moved to do something IRL to help our fellow human beings around our troubled globe---

And above all else, be fully prepared to enjoy a wild, sometimes deeply scary, often downright thrilling ride delivered to us by the criminally creative minds behind this delightful franchise.

I give this show highest marks, but am truly saddened to see that it appears to have been cancelled after only one season! Alas!

I would have hoped to see episodes set in places including: Northern Ireland (my homeland before emigrating here to the States), Tunisia, McMurdo Station or better yet Vostok Station in Antarctica, North Korea (!!!!), Canada (don't roll your eyes; a lot can go awry in Quebec with the tensions between mainstream Canadians and French Canadians, and I know that the Criminal Minds franchise has already done things with our Northern border as a theme), Australia (out in the Bush), Fiji, New Zealand, Swaziland, the Congo, the Philippines, and oh, the list goes on... Too many places where a show could give us breathtakingly beautiful scenery to gawk at whilst a thrilling plot demonstrates what can happen when things go chillingly wrong.

Well, I'm happy to have the shows they did film, and don't regret at all that I purchased the lot. They are worth it and then some!

A great show, and a source of deep thought on the world in which we live and the direction in which it may be headed...
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Shannon VillegasReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsLoving this show!
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I wish we had more background about the characters. We get so much build up about Clara and what had happened to her husband and her connection to Jack, I felt like there was a ball dropped that that wasn't more resolved or talked about by the end of the season. This first season though! I absolutely LOVE the first episode and that does not happen often! I love the casting and the team is amazing! Each episode really does take you some place new!
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsToo bad this was cancelled
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I liked the characters in this as well as original criminal minds. I liked Gary Sinise in CSI New York and I had seen Alana de la Garza in a couple things and liked her. The other actors I hadn't seen them in any other shows but they worked for their parts in this show. I was disappointed they cancelled it after only 2 seasons
Jon DReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsAn improvement
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This show is starting out much better than the flop with the obnoxious Jeanine Garafolo. I've got a little Sinese overload, but I'm hopeful this will go better. I hope this doesn't devolve into a long series of stereotypes and urban myths.
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LaBelleLaurenReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsStrong Writing but overall nice.
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My truest opinion is that the best thing about the original series was how the mind of criminal was the focus. This series came out weaker in that area. I wanted to understand MORE of why this culture or what believed that doing this was a tradition. Sacrifice for? Killing because? Who started it? Carried down thru generations? More depth behind the matter would = Strong Writing that people are concerned about in this spin-off. There was a sense of more emotion in this series, which holds nice for some viewers. I was still asking questions....

The flip of the guy in the office with the girl in the field...meh. Okay. They're both good actors...but um...really? Okay.

Overall, nice. Easy to watch.
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ANGELCRITICReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat series Gary and Alana are well cast!
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Not sure why this series has gotten bad reviews. Alana De La Garza and Gary Sinse have good chemistry and are masterful actors. The storylines aren't pleasant and expose a nature of society that people like to pretend doesn't exist. The show has a lot of promise and room for growth. It is a lot better than the regular Criminal Minds or NCIS. If CBS and ABC have any smarts they will develop the back stories of Gary and Alana characters similar to the way SVU did with Olivia and Elliott.
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LoveToShopONLINEReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsQuality like the original but with an international flair
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It started out slowly but it was really good. Very nuanced portrayals of the various countries, culturally sensitive but good suspense. Overall not really scary but suspenseful. Not too gory either--the exception was the one based in Pamplona, Spain. Good chemistry between the members of the IRT. Gary Sinise is excellent in his role and Alana de la Garza is totally believable despite her incredible beauty. She's better in this than in Law & Order (and I'm a huge L & O fan).
Patricia J. MillsReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsI Hope this gets renewed!!
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I am enjoying this as a departure (literally) from the run of the mill crime stories. Since I am a long time fan of Criminal Minds, and live outside of the States myself,it is good to see how the F.B.I. conducts investigations far from home. There is much crime here where I live,but very few attacks on Americans ,one reason being fear of the F.B.I.
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