While the poll may have formalized the feelings “Criminal Minds” fans have toward “Extreme Aggressor,” there has long been chatter across Reddit about the series’ inaugural episode. User u/definitly-not commented on the poll itself to say, “extreme aggressor is my favourite episode! … i loved the way they introduced the characters … and also just the plot and the twist and the aesthetic! a masterpiece!”
In another Reddit thread where users organized a group rewatch of early episodes in the series, u/SeizerOfThoughtseize wrote of the pilot, “A great way to start the series, I really like how it highlights each team member and what they bring to the team. Also, having two unsubs on the first episode was a cool twist.”
Meanwhile, for user u/decimateddolm, the episode will always have a special place in their heart as the moment that first got them hooked on “Criminal Minds.” Commenting on a thread about “Extreme Aggressor,” they wrote, “That first episode is what caught me, I saw it on a whim as a teen and none of the subsequent episodes come close.”
If you want to see where it all began, you can check out Season 1, Episode 1 of “Criminal Minds” on Netflix.