When I first watched the premiere of this Joe Penhall drama, I had some serious doubts. The pilot was slow, the characters felt hollow.
I’ve never been so happy to eat my words!
Mindhunter takes its time to build complex characters with fascinating plotlines. It’s dark, gritty, and full of disturbing material that simply cannot be rushed. Its slow pace is a reflection of careful dialogue and a distinct lack of action. It is, perhaps, this conspicuous inaction that creeps us out the most.
This series is loosely inspired by the novel and lifetime achievements of famed FBI profiler John E. Douglas. The main characters definitely leave Douglas behind though, as they explore the gray edges of criminal hunting.
Follow Holden Ford and Bill Tench, two FBI agents who are developing the very new field of criminal profiling. Their work takes them across America, as they interview terrifying serial killers and try to unearth what motivates these murderers to commit their gruesome crimes.
Famous faces appear throughout the series, as many infamous serial killers were very active when the story takes place (the 70s). Dennis Rader (the BTK killer) gets several eerie moments and Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos each have scenes that left me uncomfortable long after the credits rolled.
This is no light watch. Some viewers may find the detailed accounts of blood and gore too much to handle. However, if you’re a fan of popular crime shows like Law and Order or Criminal Minds, then I highly recommend the terrifying spectacle that is Mindhunter.