Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Season 1 (2016)

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Beyond Borders relies on the same characters and storylines the franchise has used for years, with an extra undertow of xenophobic paranoia.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 60

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Air date: Mar 16, 2016

The International Division of the FBI investigates cases involving Americans abroad. In the opener, three American volunteers in Thailand disappear during a trip to Bangkok. The International Response Team investigates and must gather evidence before a storm washes it away.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2016

An American attending a festival in Mumbai wakes up missing a kidney and his friend gone. The investigation leads Garrett and his team to suspect the UnSub is up to more than just trading organs on the Black Market.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

The team heads to Cairo to uncover who is behind a gas attack there on an Egyptian-American and the disappearance of the victim's friend.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2016

The team travels to Japan to assist local law enforcement in investigating homicides made to look like suicides. Meanwhile, Mae encourages Clara to get out and enjoy herself.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2016

An UnSub targets Americans who live in Paris.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2016

A couple honeymooning in Belize disappear and the International Response Team arrive on the island to search for them.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2016

A retired couple from Idaho are kidnapped while visiting Morocco on a cruise, and the International Response Team travels to Casablanca to find them.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2016

A woman is murdered while vacationing in Mexico with her family, and the team investigates her husband as the prime suspect after he flees.

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Air date: May 4, 2016

An American girl runs away to meet her boyfriend in Turkey, but the team believes she is in trouble when they deduce she was tricked by someone posing as her boyfriend.

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Air date: May 11, 2016

The team investigates when an American college student working in Johannesburg is killed and his brother disappears. The probe reveals a gang may be involved in both.

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Critic Reviews for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Beyond comprehension, beyond silly, beyond words.

Mar 15, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Imagine the situation reversed - a show in which tourists to America were continually victimized in horrific ways - and you see the problem.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Beyond Borders, like its predecessors, is by no description a good show, but you can see the warm-bath appeal of its consistency and the insidious way in which it combines splatter-film scare tactics with pop-psychology platitudes and affirmations.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a series that teases you to look away-you're better off never glancing at it in the first place.

Mar 16, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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A shameless combination of international b-roll and Trump Era paranoia, CBS' new spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a pure distillation of xenophobia

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Gary Sinise is great, as per usual.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

In a time when even certain Presidential candidates are stoking the fires of racism and xenophobia, it's disheartening to see this show take such a clunky and overly simplistic view of the wider world.

Mar 18, 2016 | Rating: 4.2/10 | Full Review…

Facts and theories are spouted via an awkward expository style that had me yelling at the TV, "Stop talking and do something!"

Mar 16, 2016 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Visually, the show plays like a nightmare edition of The Amazing Race.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It's basically the same show, just with a new location and a mix of new personalities. That sounds like a negative, but really, it's not.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Recycling a lead from another franchise spinoff, CSI: NY's Gary Sinise furrows his brow blankly as Unit Chief Jack Garrett, somberly leading his generic team to exotic lands to rescue hapless travelers who've run horribly afoul of local maniacs.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

CBS' mega-franchise expands outwardly in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, losing none of the strict, predictable structure of its parent series and only stoking the flames of xenophobic paranoia for a few cheap thrills.

Mar 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Season 1

  • Jun 22, 2020
    I've seen this TV series few days ago. There are two reasons why I like this TV series. First, I quite like actor Daniel Henney. He is very famous in my country and one of my friends is big fan of him. Although I don't have any idea with actors or actresses, I am really interested in criminal psychology so my friend recommended this one to me. Second, I think there are no any other TV series which explain the criminal psychological investigation expertly. This is the famous and popular drama I know even though it is spin-off series. I really expected exciting and interesting stories because I already watched that some episodes of original criminal minds and yes, I am a foreigner but when I watched this series I really disappointed. This explains each country's culture quite well but there are also many Xenophobic depictions. This is the main and critical problem. I know this drama is based on fiction, but there is too much information of each country which is even not accurate. It could be a spoiler so I will not say more details. If you are not American, please do not watch this movie. you will be incredibly disappointed. This series has many attractive and kind of new characters, but the director couldn't describe it effectively. One good news is, despite all these shortcomings, this drama is quite interesting. If you're a foreigner and you're ready to know what your culture looks like to Americans, watching this movie is not bad.
  • Feb 15, 2018
    Complete rubbish. Contemptuous story lines.
  • May 21, 2017
    I'm stuck on this show, and I hope it continues for many many years. I do not find it formulaic at all!
  • Dec 15, 2016
    About 11 years ago slightly different of the police procedural was broadcast, ‘Criminal Minds.' It follows the exploits of an elite unit within the FBI, the BAU, ‘Behavioral Analysis Unit.' This section of the FBI was made famous in the groundbreaking thriller, ‘Silence of the Lambs’, where the use of forensic profiling was the motivating force behind the story. Each member of the team would bring a different aspect of psychological insight, allowing them to get into the mind of the perpetrator, or unsub, to stop his rampage of terror. A few years ago they did have a spinoff, ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)’, featuring the ‘Red Team,' a specialized unit in a constant state of preparedness ready to be dispatch to an explosive case. That series only lasted a single season, but it did not deter the studio executives at CBS to try again. This latest variation, ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.' Once again, the team is a highly specialized one within the FBI, this time working on cases where Americans are involved in foreign countries Introduced by a backdoor pilot with an episode within Criminal Minds Prime. As many fans are becoming disenchanted with the original series due to significant changes in the cast, including the loss of some original characters. The spinoff has generated a degree of disenchantment among loyal fans with the fans has worked against the new series, making it more difficult to achieve the necessary traction for a successful start. Compounding the normal obstacles confronted by not only a new series but by one that begins to run. The audience has to become accustomed to an entirely new cast of characters, each with very specific roles to play. Including a crossover character from the original series typically ameliorate some of the difficulty in bringing the audience over. Unfortunately, in this specific instance is typically successful or plot point was insufficient to do the job. Unlike the original series based upon a real unit within the FBI, Beyond Borders the ‘International Response Team (IRT)’ is completely fictional. A mandate to solve crimes involving American citizens on foreign soil is in direct violation of the legal scope of the FBI. It is designed to be the counterpoint to the CIA with the FBI handling only domestic issues, barred from international involvement, while the CIA works abroad, but barred from domestic activity. The foundation of the fundamental theme of the series from reality drastically increased the difficulty in attracting diehard fans in the original show. There were several factors for the series which that proved acceptable since the network renewed it for a sophomore year must have been fruitful, at least to some extent. Another positive were actors well-liked by the viewers with the benefit of featured roles in other spinoffs. The leader of the team is Senior Supervisory Special Agent and International Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise). With over twenty years seniority in the Bureau, Jack can juggle the demands of an assignment routinely taking him around the globe with his responsibilities as a husband to married to his wife Karen (Sherry Stringfield) and father to their five children. His eldest, Matt Cohen), is currently training to be an FBI agent. In the pilot, Jack’s second in command was Supervisory Special Agent Lily Lambert, (Anna Gunn), who replaced in the series by SSA Clara Seger (Alana De La Garza). She plays a crucial role for a team that routinely travels throughout the world. Her contribution is a Linguistics Specialist, and Cultural Anthropologist. Allowing her to communicate in numerous native dialects she guides the team through the often turbulent maze of local customs. The most important aspect of her function is to prevent the team from transgressing local religious and cultural taboos. SSA Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney, who formerly worked for Special Operations, he usually take the lead in field work as the team’s tactician. SSA Mae Jarvis (Annie Funke) is the Medical Examiner and forensic pathologist. In a seminal fashion to two team members in the original series, Mae has a close, sisterly relationship with Matt. Remaining Stateside providing technical support and computer expertise is SSA Russ Montgomery (Tyler James Williams). Well regarded by the BAU’s Penelope Garcia, the Technical Annalist, and Unit liaison. She prefers to remain working behind the scenes in contrast to Russ who frequently provides an empathic presence to the friends and family of the victims. If you think the actor looks families you might remember him as the young lead in ‘Everybody Hates Chris.' One of the most commonly cited complaints regarding the series is that it fosters a strongly xenophobic attitude. As you watch the thirteen episode too of the first season, this observation will be obvious. Each case follows a very tightly scripted format. An America citizen working or visiting a foreign country is placed in mortal danger or has been a victim of a brutal crime of some sort. The IRT rushes to their luxurious Airbus fitted with a fully stocked laboratory, conference area and ample living areas for the team. The team’s vehicle held in a special area at the tail of the jet. Directly after landing on foreign soil, the ramp is deployed, and the car brings the intrepid American agents into the heart of a volatile situation. The presence of the IRT is subject to a wide variety of treaties, accords, and international agreements. The de facto result is the IRT forced to abide by the laws and regulations of the sovereignty of the host nation. In many instances, this prohibits the team from carrying firearms unless explicitly approved by local authorities. The ambient rules and regulations adhered to, but there is a prevalent sense that it is with noted reservations and ample reluctance. The IRT is primarily concerned with the safety of American citizens, practically at any cost. A dominant theme represents an ideological reversion dating back to the height of the Roman Empire. Under the policy of the strongly defended policy of the Empire, the Senate and military are committed to protecting any Roman citizen regardless of where in the world they were. All that was required is the declaration of "civis Romanus," I am a Roman citizen. It was such an integral aspect of the Empire a citation is found in the Bible. The only thing that truly matters to the IRT is the modern implementation of this ancient precept. Jack and the team are driven by the jingoistic imperative of "America, first and foremost." Understandably in this era global awareness many feel that this concept is antiquated ant no longer defensible. With anti-immigrant sentiment at such heights that it is a major point in the current Presidential elections, there is a significant number of people that are adamantly for elevating Americas over the rest of the global citizens. One thing that is certain is the series is entertaining and hopefully in the second season the focus on action over politics.
  • Aug 29, 2016
    The show can't hold a candle with the original Criminal Minds, both in terms of intensity, plots, or even its characters. I find it ridiculous that the team members will gather around and discuss cases much like kids gathering around a campfire. Individually, i don't find the characters interesting at all. Gary Sinise is wasted here.
  • Aug 07, 2016
    Criminal Minds: Beyond Bad
  • Jul 21, 2016
    Big nope for adventurous globetrotters with propensity to cross paths with unsubs along the way
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Nothing like feeding fear, stereotypes and American hero mentality. How about a show portraying international tourists being killed on American soil and their police investigating, illustrating stereotypes about Americans?
  • May 12, 2016
    OMG can you say "completely improbable???" The writers have completely missed the boat on the reality of some group of US domestic law enforcement (i.e., FBI) being given carte blanche in any foreign jurisdiction. Good acting but the BAD writing will sink this series pronto.
  • May 06, 2016
    I keep watching and wanting to like the show, but every episode has random vomiting of dialogue wildly stereotyping whole countries and people and then building a story on that premise. A diverse cast doesn't make a non-racist story. I'm curious about the diversity of the producers and writers. This show is like the FBI under Trump.

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