Profiling: the investigation of the behavior of serial and violent criminals and to analyze aberrant criminal actions.
Netflix, you have really outdone yourself on this one.
“Mindhunter” starts off slow. Really slow. And then it’s in your head. Before you know it, you cannot stop watching it.
In the 1970’s there was already a Behavioral Science Department in existence at the FBI. However, it was a far cry from the methods and science they use today. This show is the beginning of what it has become.
Loosely based on the non-fiction book Mindhunter by John Douglas, a former FBI special agent, and Mark Olshaker, a writer, and filmmaker. Douglas helped to pioneer the idea of profiling serious criminals—to think like a predator. The FBI was wary of these methods but came to adopt them over time.
Agent Ford (based on Agent John Douglas) is smart as a whip. He is also incredibly awkward. He is ballsy, but you don’t know if it because he doesn’t know any better because he’s so damn awkward or if truly he has balls of steel.
Agent Tench is a seasoned FBI man and he wants to play by the book but he is secretly really intrigued by where Agent Ford is going with this. Tough as nails with a heart of gold, I just love him.
Kemper, Rissel, Brudos, Devier and The BTK are all seen. Manson and Berkowitz are mentioned. The casting for these characters is incredibly accurate. If someone doesn’t win an award for this, I am going to be pissed.
I’m not going to lie, some of the “series killers” they interviewed were pretty likable. You tend to lean sympathetic toward some of them. You feel a little guilty for feeling that way and then you kind of wonder if there is something the matter with you.
Though chilling and creepy, there is some comic relief thrown in every now and then.
Sailors will cower at some of the things said. If bad language offends you, perhaps you need to look elsewhere for a serial killer show that is on the milder side.
An extremely thorough job is done making every set and scene is oh-so-70s.
The soundtrack always fits perfectly with the episode.
I enjoyed the hell out of this series and I cannot wait for Season 2, which has already been greenlighted.
- Jonathan Groff
- Holt McCallany
- Hannah Gross
- Cameron Britton