The CBS drama Criminal Minds has its share of forgettable episodes. Over the course of 15 seasons while the show racked up great ratings on websites like IMDb where the show has an overall rating of 8.1 to 10 and scores of fans there are a few odd episodes throughout that fail to hit the mark.
In particular Season 4 is a much loved season of the series with an Audience Score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of the most popular episodes of the show are in this season. Whether its Minimal Loss which has Dr. Spencer Reid Matthew Gray Gubler and Emily Prentiss Paget Brewster going undercover in a cult led by Luke Perrys Benjamin Cyrus or Masterpiece which features Jason Alexanders Professor Rothschild leading the team on a chase with little clues the fans see serial killers bring out the absolute best profiling skills in the members of the FBIs Behavioral Analysis Unit. Also who can forget the episode Omnivore which introduces C. Thomas Howells George Foyet a.k.a. The Reaper who proves to be one of the most formidable enemies the BAU ever goes up against.But even with all of these memorable and goosebumps giving episodes there are a few episodes in Criminal Minds Season 4 that do not enthrall the audience like the others. Still there is one specific episode that really falls short according to IMDb.
Demonology is the worst episode in Criminal Minds Season 4
With one jaw dropping episode lined up after another the 17th episode of Criminal Minds Season 4 just doesnt meet the expectations set by the show. Demonology brings the profilers of the BAU into a conversation about religion as they begin to investigate a series of deaths that increasingly show signs of being a result of exorcisms. The profilers soon deduce that the killer is a priest who believes that his victims are possessed by demons.
While the episode presents an interesting premise even tying Emily Prentiss past to the plot as one of her childhood friends Matthew Benton Jaret Sacrey is one of the victims the story is not as impactful as the others that precede and follow Demonology. The slightly underwhelming and predictable antagonist and major plot points dont help matters either.In a powerful season this episode which feels like it belongs in one of the later seasons that arguably mark the decline of the show is the lowest rated on IMDb with a rating of 7.0/10. While the rating is not low necessarily it is the lowest by the standards of the season with several episodes hitting the high 8.5 mark. Unfortunately it looks like Demonology is just the downside of having an otherwise splendid season.