Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a drama that aired on CBS in 2016. It follows the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and rescuing Americans who find themselves in danger abroad. It has two seasons and has been praised for its engaging storylines and well-developed characters. In this article, we will rank the best episodes of the show, providing a brief description of each.
The first episode on our list is the season two finale, "Coda". This episode follows the team as they investigate a series of kidnappings in Thailand. It is a thrilling episode that brings together all the storylines of the season and leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.
The second episode on our list is the season one finale, "The Lonely Heart". This episode follows the team as they investigate a series of murders in Mexico City. It is a compelling episode that shows the team's determination to solve the case and bring justice to those affected.
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In the episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders titled "The Ripper of Riga", the International Response Team is sent to Russia to investigate the kidnapping of an American ballerina. The team, led by Jack, soon finds that the case is much more complicated and dangerous than they anticipated, as they must face off against an ex-KBG agent who escaped from prison.
Throughout the episode, the team must navigate the murky and dangerous waters of Russian politics and criminal organizations while they search for the missing ballerina. Jack is particularly challenged by the ex-KBG agent, who is a cunning and formidable opponent. With the help of his team, Jack must find a way to outsmart the agent and save the ballerina.
The episode was rated 7.76 from 578 votes.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' season finale episode, "Paper Orphans," follows the International Response Team as they travel to Haiti to find the daughter of an American family who was kidnapped while they were attempting to adopt a child. Jack and his wife, Karen, are also preparing to send their daughter to college.
The episode has been praised for its insight into the characters' personal lives, showing us a side of them that we don't often get to see. This helps us to relate to the characters better and feel more connected to them. Viewers have also expressed an interest in meeting Monty's grandmother one day, as he often mentions her.
The episode was rated 7.75 from 679 votes.
In this episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the International Response Team (IRT) is investigated by the FBI after a mission in Kurjikistan results in the death of a suspect. This episode stands out from the rest of the series due to the casting director's addition of actors from the hit show Supernatural. Bobby and Jody, both from Supernatural, come into the room during the episode, providing a surprise and a laugh for the viewers.
The casting of actors from Supernatural has been met with much approval from fans of the show. With every episode, fans wonder which cast members from Supernatural will be making an appearance. Adam Glass, the casting director, is praised for his choice of casting Supernatural actors in this episode. Fans of both shows are delighted with the unexpected surprise, and it has definitely earned the casting director’s vote.
The episode was rated 7.74 from 667 votes.
In the episode "Cinderella and the Dragon" of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the International Response Team is called in to investigate the disappearance of two American flight attendants while they were in Singapore. After a thorough investigation, the team discovers that the two women were taken by a serial killer, nicknamed the "Dragon".
The team must track down this killer before it's too late, but the case takes an unexpected turn as the killer turns out to be an old friend of one of the team members. It's a race against time as the team works to find the killer before he can take more victims. With the help of local law enforcement, the team soon discovers the truth behind the disappearances and the identity of the Dragon.
The episode was rated 7.73 from 653 votes.
In the Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders episode 'Il Mostro', the International Response Team is tasked with investigating two casualties who bear remarkable similarity to the most notorious killer in Italian history. Fans of the show were delighted to see the beloved Rossi make a cameo appearance, and the case itself proved to be an intriguing one.
The episode was particularly memorable for its conclusion, in which it was decided that the woman on the case should ultimately be the one to charge the doctor. This was a powerful moment in the show, as it demonstrated that justice can be served even in the face of extreme adversity. It was also worth noting that the title of the episode was 'Il Mostro' and not 'Il Monstro', as 'Monstro' is not an Italian word.
The episode was rated 7.71 from 786 votes.
In the gripping episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, "Pretty Like Me", the International Response Team is called to South Korea to investigate the case of an American college student found disfigured. The team must work quickly to determine why this tragedy has occurred and who is responsible. The team is also tasked with helping Simmons fulfill his mother’s last dying wish, to find his grandmother.
The team must draw on their skills and experience to uncover the truth behind the student’s disfigurement and bring justice to the situation. As they work to solve the case, the team must also face the emotional challenge of helping Simmons locate his grandmother. This episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is sure to be an intense and emotional journey for the team.
The episode was rated 7.70 from 705 votes.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders takes viewers to the International Response Team this week with the episode "Type A". The team is called to Taipei when a crime committed by an American seems to be related to an unsolved case in New York.
The team, led by Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise), tracks down the person responsible for the crime and discovers the person's motive is related to the original case. As the team delves deeper into the investigation, they uncover a sinister plan that could have devastating consequences. The team must put aside their differences and work together to stop the criminal before it's too late.
The episode was rated 7.70 from 631 votes.
In the episode "Made In..." of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the International Response Team is tasked with investigating the disappearance of two American entrepreneurs conducting business in Bangladesh. Richard Speight, Jr and Rob Benedict’s characters join forces to solve the case. Fans of the show Supernatural will recognize the two actors and appreciate the dynamic they bring to the episode.
The episode is both interesting and heart-warming, as the team works to get the entrepreneurs back home safely. The end of the episode is particularly touching, as the team is able to provide a happy resolution to the case. This episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is an enjoyable watch, with an exciting and emotional conclusion.
The episode was rated 7.66 from 683 votes.
The International Response Team is tasked with investigating a series of American victims found all over Cuba. The team soon discovers that they are dealing with a pair of spree killers, Nick and Natalie Knox. As they dig further into the case, they discover a connection to the 1994 movie Natural Born Killers, as the name of the suspects is similar to the movie's protagonists.
The episode has been widely criticized for its heavy use of clichés and for recycling storylines from the show Criminal Minds. Furthermore, viewers have pointed out that the reference to Natural Born Killers was shallow and unoriginal. Despite these criticisms, some viewers appreciated the change of having American suspects as the unsub. Ultimately, the episode was considered to be a boring and uninspired watch.
The episode was rated 7.66 from 645 votes.
In this episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the International Response Team is called to investigate the body of a well-known American singer found on a rural road in Jamaica. As the team investigate, they quickly learn that the singer was caught up in a highly dangerous underworld of organized crime. In order to find the killer, the team must dig deep into the mysterious and criminal activities of Jamaica.
The team is tasked with navigating the unfamiliar and often dangerous terrain of Jamaica. As they investigate, they uncover that the singer was involved in an illegal gambling ring and appears to have been targeted by a group of criminals. While this case could easily have been a simple murder, the team quickly realizes that it is much more complex and dangerous than they initially thought.
The team must use their unique skills and backgrounds to understand the culture and criminal underworld of Jamaica in order to find the killer. Through their investigation, they discover a web of secrets and lies that will lead them to the truth. This episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is an exciting exploration of the dangerous and mysterious world of organized crime in Jamaica.
The episode was rated 7.63 from 620 votes.
The International Response Team is called to investigate when an American visiting Greece is found severely beaten in a dangerous part of Athens. In the episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders titled "Pankration," the team is tasked with discerning the cause of the attack and finding the perpetrator. As the team delves further into the case, they discover that the victim had been visiting Greece to get more involved in his family's business, leading the team to suspect a motive of revenge or premeditated attack.
The team is pitted against a foreign land and culture, struggling to find the perpetrator in a country where they don't understand the language or customs. In a thrilling race against time, the team eventually uncovers the truth behind the attack, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the assailant. With the help of local law enforcement, the team is able to bring the perpetrator to justice and restore the victim's sense of safety. "Pankration" showcases the incredible work of the International Response Team, proving that justice will prevail even in a foreign land.
The episode was rated 7.62 from 709 votes.
The International Response Team of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders investigates an American's apparent suicide in Colombia. After emptying his bank account prior to his death, the team is in for a surprise as they uncover who is really behind the crime.
The episode 'The Devil's Breath' had an unexpected twist that kept viewers on their toes. As viewers, we all imagined that the kids had something to do with the crime, however the twist revealed a much more sinister person in charge. It kept viewers hooked and engaged as the team uncovered the truth behind the crime.
The episode was rated 7.62 from 731 votes.
In the episode Abominable of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the International Response Team (IRT) headed by Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise) is faced with a highly mysterious case. The team is tasked with tracking down a group of criminals who are preying upon innocent people in the city. As the team investigates, they soon discover that the criminals have a hidden agenda, one that may have far reaching implications for the entire city.
In this episode, the IRT must work quickly to uncover the truth of the criminal’s plans. With each lead they follow, the team discovers more and more sinister details about the criminals and their activities. As the team gets closer to uncovering the truth, they also have to confront their own fears and doubts as they face the possibility of being unable to stop the criminals. This episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats as the IRT try to solve the case before disaster strikes.
The episode was rated 7.59 from 591 votes.
Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his international response team are called to Tanzania when a 23-member church group disappears. In this episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the team is tasked with finding the lost souls and bringing them home safely.
This episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is off to a great start for the new season. The plot is intriguing and the twist is unexpected and exciting. The season is off to a great start and viewers are sure to be in for a wild ride.
The episode was rated 7.59 from 826 votes.
When an American 18-year-old's night of partying tragically ends in Tijuana, the International Response Team is called in to investigate. In this episode, Jack and Ryan work together, with the help of Sinise's character. Initially, his character is not well received, but with the help of Rossi and his own son, he is humanized and the episode ends with a positive outcome.
The episode is exciting and full of action as the team investigates the mystery and tries to capture the perpetrator. Jack and Ryan have a great dynamic as they work together, as well as with Sinise's character, throughout the episode. It is a great example of the team working together to solve a crime and help a family find closure.
The episode was rated 7.58 from 634 votes.
The episode “The Matchmaker” of the television show Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders follows the story of a young American girl, Emma, who leaves home to meet her boyfriend in Turkey. The International Response Team suspects that she has been tricked by someone posing as her boyfriend, and they are determined to rescue her.
The episode was generally well-received by viewers and critics alike, who praised the interesting storyline and the show’s improvement. However, many were frustrated by Emma’s naivety and stupidity, which was considered unrealistic for a 16-year-old. Despite this, the team was able to save her in the end, and viewers were relieved.
The episode was rated 7.56 from 693 votes.
The International Response Team travels to Morocco to search for a retired couple from Idaho who were kidnapped during a cruise to the country. While the team works to track down the couple, they also face a personal challenge when they learn that the couple's son is a member of a local tribe and may be involved.
The team is able to find the couple and rescue them, but the son remains a suspect. However, with further investigation, the team discovers that he was not involved and that the real perpetrator was a criminal who had been preying on cruise ships. In the end, the team is able to free the couple and their son, allowing them to go back to their tribe. The episode closes with a beautiful song that brings a sense of peace and hope after a tense and difficult case.
The episode was rated 7.56 from 734 votes.
In the episode "Iqiniso" of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, an American college student working in Johannesburg is killed and his brother goes missing. The International Response Team suspect a gang is behind both and Jack works the case with Lieutenant Ananda Doshi, a profiler he’s worked with before. In the end, justice is served in a late manner and Monty is the one to cuff and voice the order of prison to the culprit.
The viewers enjoy the storyline development and appreciate Monty’s role in the episode. However, some viewers found Jack's actions to be out of character as he refuses to show any sort of respect for the way Ananda Doshi dealt with her beliefs and method of profiling. Additionally, viewers find it a shame that Jack, a person whose position should require him to show extra sensitivity to local belief, showed such disdain for it. In contrast, viewers appreciate the integration of local belief in the episode.
The episode was rated 7.54 from 680 votes.
The IRT of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders heads to Pamplona, Spain, in the episode El Toro Bravo, in response to the discovery of the ears of a missing American tourist during the running of the bulls.
Although some viewers found this episode to be quite weak, the struggle of the father with his vow was the only interesting part of the episode. The theme of bullfighting is one that is met with controversy and emotions, especially in a country like Spain, where bullfighting is still a popular tradition. The dialogue and themes of El Toro Bravo put some viewers on edge, making them uncomfortable with the content.
The episode was rated 7.52 from 679 votes.
In the episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Whispering Death, the team travels to Japan to help local law enforcement investigate homicides disguised as suicides. The episode focuses on the friendship between Mae and Clara, as Mae encourages Clara to get out and enjoy herself.
Overall, the episode was okay. Viewers enjoyed the focus on relationship between Mae and Clara and found it to be "cute". However, there were some criticisms of the way the Japanese police lady was depicted. Given the Japanese culture, many viewers wondered if a woman would hold the position and if she would be portrayed as "clueless" as she was in the episode. All in all, viewers found this episode to be satisfactory overall, but not the best.
The episode was rated 7.51 from 847 votes.
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