The best Netflix series hook you in sometimes on premise alone. And that was certainly the case with Mindhunter.
Set in the late 70s, Mindhunter is a crime drama created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas.
The series explores the early attempts of the FBI’s Behavioural Sciences Unit to profile serial killers and psychopaths by interviewing the worst violent criminals incarcerated.
The series revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), together with psychologist Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) – all fictional characters based on the real people involved – as they take tentative steps to turn their fledging ideas and concepts into a legitimate methodology.
What makes the whole process dramatic is not only the recounting of the sordid murders but the means by which Ford and Tench get their interview subjects to talk about their motivations.
However, the agents do not realise that ultimately, such close proximity with monsters does not come without personal cost. Not only are their sanities on the line, cracks within the unit also begin to show as differences in approach take their toll.
The 10 episodes fly by quite fast as one is enthralled by the textured narrative and the sophisticated writing. Considering it does not end too well for our heroes, it is good to know that a second season has already been ordered by Netflix.
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