Felony Minds: Evolution – Kingdom of the Blind – Overview: How Many Gold Star Gamers Are There?


In the event you haven’t watched at present’s new episode of Felony Minds: Evolution, it is best to take a pause right here, watch the episode, and are available again as a result of this evaluation can be coated in spoilers (WARNING: there is a brief point out of self-harm on this evaluation). 

First issues first, that opening scene was…one thing. I don’t like that I used to be capable of name that this lady was going to do one thing dangerous the minute I noticed her, however DAMN, I wasn’t anticipating that! This lady is Jade Waters and he or she’s out for some form of revenge. She’s concentrating on a particular group of deputies, luring them in by pretending to wish assistance on the aspect of the street, and as soon as they’re distracted – BAM she assaults. SIDEBAR: I’d prefer to thank this episode for reinstating my concern of serving to individuals pulled over on the aspect of the street in the midst of the evening. 

The episode then continues with the place we left off beforehand, the place Emily is baited to go to go to Brian Garrity (gotta love conspiracy theorists) the place he units her as much as be arrested. I laughed on the arresting officers right here as a result of let’s be critical: have a look at Emily and have a look at Brian – do we actually suppose she’s the one which attacked Brian? Completely not, however this made me marvel how deep this “Gold Star” case actually goes. 

“Kingdom of the Blind” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Liana Liberato as Jade Waters Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

In a while we see Tyler present as much as Penelope’s place asking her to hack into the telephone he cloned from Sebastian, an individual he believes holds a key in probably fixing this “Gold Star” case. Nevertheless, Penelope is hesitant and rightfully so. She tells Tyler to do the correct factor; deliver this to the group and take care of no matter penalties come his approach. 

Shout out to Rossi for selecting Emily up, however, oh, hey unconscious Elias – I see you’re nonetheless right here. Why are you refusing to depart David alone? And David, what a part of you is holding him alive inside your thoughts and why? Emily enters the automotive so we gained’t get these solutions proper now. The main focus is again on Garrity and what his motives for setting Emily up could possibly be. 

Again on the workplace, the group tries to determine what the hyperlink could possibly be between Garrity and the “Gold Star” case. As a lot as they’d hate to confess this, it’s wanting like this case could possibly be a part of this complete conspiracy concept idea and Brian Garrity was solely a throw away piece for a bigger image. Tyler is available in (and does precisely what Penelope tells him to do – good job) to speak with Emily and David about what he is aware of about Sebastian and the way there could also be data on this telephone about “Gold Star”. Penelope is then referred to as in to do what she does greatest. There was a little bit of resistance from Penelope at first, however Emily will get her to agree to interrupt into the telephone. Penelope, you’re an actual one! 

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“Kingdom of the Blind” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Ryan-James Hatanaka as Tyler Inexperienced and Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

Again on the jail, Sydney has agreed to satisfy with Elias, however on the situation that she speaks with him first earlier than he will get to see his daughters. Elias, sir, you’re on a brand new degree of sociopathic – I say this as a result of the best way he’s speaking to Sydney it’s as if he believes that he can be out and capable of reside this regular life together with his kids. As she is updating him, she tells him their oldest, Holly, has been chopping herself and that triggers one thing in him. Is that this Elias truly caring or did he simply discover one other option to manipulate the BAU? As a result of he then says he’s keen to let his household go, however on one other situation: he has to have the ability to maintain them. Elias, what’s your endgame sir?! 

We’re again to Jade’s murders and as a lot because the group doesn’t need to say this, it does seem to steer again to “Gold Star”. No, there have been no gold star bullets discovered on the scenes, nonetheless, their badges had been lacking, the identical because the homicide of Isaac Sanchez’s (seen in 1701 Gold Star). We see Jade within the automotive giving herself a second eye (evil eye, however not the sacred one) tattoo when she hears about her murders on the radio she smiles (sickening). Tattooing your self together with your kills ma’am? At this level you’re a serial killer which implies I’ve the identical query for you that I had for Elias: what’s your endgame?! 

Again within the workplace, Penelope is struggling to crack the riddle code on Sebastian’s telephone and reluctantly, she asks Tyler for assist in fixing the code. It labored – she gained entry to the telephone and now it’s time for a deep dive. At this level I’m actually hoping this helps the group get nearer to closing this case, however in my coronary heart I simply know they’re about to open a can of worms. 

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“Kingdom of the Blind” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Kiele Sanchez as Sydney Voit Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish / Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

On the sight of one in every of Jade’s murders, unconscious Elias is again. It’s displaying us, for my part, that regardless of the place David is or what case he’s engaged on, till this “Gold Star” case is solved, Elias will all the time be on his thoughts. It’s what makes essentially the most sense to me, however let’s see how that performs out. 

Brian calling Emily asking her if she’s alright was wild, however let’s get into this dialog. He tells her that he had no alternative however in charge her as a result of they threatened his estranged spouse (that’s form, she has a restraining order towards him however he nonetheless cares). She needs to know who “they” are and Brian says he doesn’t know who, but it surely entails a program referred to as “Gold Star” and WHOA that conspiracy concept is wanting increasingly official as we go on. 

We’re again on the jail and Elias is talking together with his daughters and he’s attempting to placed on this “father” persona, and it’s engaged on Harlow, their youngest, however Holly sees proper by it. A lot so, she palms him a letter she wrote to him letting him know that she is aware of who he’s and what he’s executed to some extent. Within the letter she calls him a “serial killer”, “murderer”, (candy child Jesus) and when he tries to disclaim it she goes to indicate him she actually is his daughter and tries to stab him (Elias, congratulations, you’ve handed on the homicide gene). Now, in any case of this, we see a unique aspect to Elias. He appears to essentially care about what’s taking place with Holly, even going so far as saying she must be saved. He’s getting pissed off when Alvez tries to redirect him and the best way he’s saying “she’s in trouble”, “you have to intervene”, stick with me right here, it’s as if he’s speaking about himself greater than Holly. Nearly like a “it’s too late for me, but it’s not too late for her.” I may simply be reaching, as a result of that is Elias we’re speaking about right here, however come on, inform me you didn’t sense that too. 

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“Kingdom of the Blind” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Zach Gilford as Elias Voit Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved. 

Tara and David are nonetheless going by Jade’s murders (at this level nonetheless not figuring out her identification) and came upon that each deputies had been doing non-public safety at Stuart Home, the place Aiden Keller (seen in 1702 “Contagion) was dedicated – girls and gents, the mathematics is beginning to math right here; there’s a connection to “Gold Star” however not in the best way that we believed. 

Jade seems to be able to take down sufferer quantity three, however is caught. Held at gunpoint, I puzzled how she deliberate on getting out of this one and OOP– it seems it’s her personal father (I repeat, sickening). 

On the flight again, unconscious Elias returns and asks the query we’re all questioning at this level, are these revenge killings “related to ‘Gold Star’ or just a wild goose chase?” Each Tara and David be taught of a kidnapping that occurred in Salt Lake that pertains to their case; the automotive concerned belongs to Rick Waters, a retired deputy sheriff. Rick Waters has a daughter named Jade who additionally went to Stuart Home – oh pricey. They attain Salt Lake to the scene of Rick’s automotive deserted and his useless physique mendacity proper subsequent to it (rattling, Jade). That is the place we be taught that Jade’s father wasn’t such a superb man. It was a compelled retirement and after his spouse disappeared and Jade tried to report him for her homicide, he had her despatched to Stuart Home. There are not any data to make a connection which leads them to the conclusion they nonetheless want Elias’ assist (no relaxation in your thoughts but, David). 

There’s a scene the place we see this individual with a gold star bullet approaching Jade and (after I screamed) I believed she was a goner, however PLOT TWIST, it’s one other participant within the “Gold Star” recreation. His identify is Damien and he’s the one who attacked Issac Sanchez, and took his badge. What number of gamers are there? 

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“Kingdom of the Blind” – CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. PICTURED: Zach Gilford as Elias Voit Photograph Credit score: Michael Yarish /Paramount+ © 2024. All Rights Reserved.

Again on the workplace, the wonderful Penelope goes by the telephone in search of the payroll data to see who precisely was bankrolling these murders when she makes a discovery that (like I discussed above) opens a can of worms. Nevertheless, these worms do deliver us nearer to fixing the case. We discover out this strike group was set as much as take out particular targets. “Gold Star”, nonetheless, had a unique plan in thoughts and began taking out members of the strike group as a substitute. 5 members of the strike group and 5 targets, two of which they’ve already uncovered: Aiden Keller and Jade Waters (gotta love trauma bonding) and though they haven’t recognized him with a photograph but, Damien is penned because the chief and head of this “Gold Star” operation. That is who they’ve been profiling your entire time and they should discover a option to discuss to him once more and oh pricey…up to now just one individual has spoken to him: Elias Voit. 

This man isn’t going to let this group breathe is he? 

I need to hear from you – what’d you consider the episode, “Kingdom of the Blind”? Share your ideas beneath or join with me on X/Twitter and let’s chat about it @chenfordhugs.

Valerie LaRoche

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Whats up! I am Val. I am a author, actress, photographer, and producer from New York. I get pleasure from going to the bookstore, the fitness center, and for walks within the park. If I am not doing any of these issues, I am residence finding out movie and tv.

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