Mindhunter Review: Step into the Mind of a Killer


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If you love Criminal Minds, you’ll love Mindhunter. But instead of Gideon and Rossi at the beginnings of the BSU (BAU for you Criminal Minds fans), you have Ford and Tench. And although you do get a strong Criminal Minds vibe, it doesn’t feel like some kind of cheap knock-off.

Because it isn’t.

Mindhunter doesn’t take place when the BSU is all up and running. It takes place during the baby stages of behavioral science. So, you not only get to see the struggles that took place at the beginning of this new technique, but you’ll see how it was developed.

A Deeper Look

Season one begins in the late 70s, when two FBI agents, Ford and Tench, are given an assignment. They are to travel the country, interviewing serial killers, and gather their findings in order to solve current open cases.

Most everyone thinks the interviews with these people on the fringe of society is cool and all, but overall useless. After all, what could these FBI agents gather from these criminals that could possibly help? Plus, how could they trust anything these killers say, even if they could put together a killer catching profile?

But even though their theories haven’t been proved, they (especially Ford) find ways in which to extract the information they need to get ahead of the killers they hope to catch in current day.

Who Plays in the Series?

The story revolves around three main characters: Holden Ford, Bill Tench, and Dr. Wendy Carr. Dr. Carr, played by Anna Torv from Fringe, is charged with developing interviews with various serial killers, while Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Tench (Holt McCallany) do the actual interviews. Although the good doctor does do some interviewing of her own.

But before you think this is some kind of docu-drama, rest assured it’s not.

Even though interviews with the murderers are fascinating, that’s not all there is to the series. You are also following the lives of the agents and how it all affects them personally and professionally. In other words — there’s a plot and multiple sub-plots.

To get a better taste, here’s the season one trailer:

And that’s only the beginning. Season two is now streaming on Netflix as well, centered around the Atlanta killings of 28 boys and teenagers from 1979 to 1981. Ford, Tench, and Carr use the information they gathered in season one and continue to gather in season two, to stop the murderous rampage of this real-life murderer.

Will they succeed? You’ll have to stream both seasons to find out. And if you want to see a third season, then get streaming.

If You Gaze Long into an Abyss

Although there’s no word on a third season yet, there’s still hope. Netflix has been cutting shows more regularly, as of late, so if Mindhunter sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to watch it. After all, that’s the only way to speak to Netflix about what you want to watch.

And we all know there’s nothing worse than investing in a series just to have the rug pulled out from under you with a cancellation and no definitive end.

So, step into the minds of serial killers and see how behavioral science all started. It’s an interesting journey.

Have you watched Mindhunter yet? Let us know your thoughts on the series in the comments!

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