Criminal Minds

Episode 8.09 : Magnificent Light

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TV Info

Episode Premiere

November 28, 2012




Crime, Drama, Mystery

Show Period

2005 - now

Production Company

Touchstone, CBS, Paramount TV, Mark Gordon Co.

Cast and Crew


John Kretchmer


Sharon Lee Watson

Main Cast

Additional Cast

  • Patrick Fabian
  • Raphael Sbarge
  • Matt Yang King
  • Ursula Burton
  • Kari Wahlgren


The BAU tracks an UnSub with a bizarre case of synesthesia - not only does he physically see words that are spoken to him, but they change colors depending on the mood of whoever is speaking them. Believing that red-colored words are only spoken by truly evil people, the UnSub decides that he must use his gift and kill those who he alone knows deserve it. After his first few kills, the UnSub decides to enlist a partner - famed motivational speaker Barry Flynn. Flynn's speeches gave the UnSub his motivation and drive to act, so the killer decides to kidnap his hero and force him to participate in his murder spree.

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