Mindhunter or Mind-effer?

By Brandon Karlis

Sitting at a hotel bar in Detroit, I thought of numerous topics to cover, all of which were complete and total shit. I paid my tab, collected myself and took the elevator to the 7th floor. Then I somehow managed to find my keycard whilst the room was gyrating. When I got into the room I stumbled into the world of the Netflix original series Mindhunter. When I came to it was 10 or so hours later, and I was somewhat emotionally scarred. Let’s get into it.



Mindhunter is a Netflix original series following FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in the late Seventies as they dive into the psychology and discovery of the term serial killer. This show is based off of the book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit” written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The series was adapted by Joe Penhall, who also wrote “The Road”, and is a gritty and intellectually stimulating look at what makes a serial killer a serial killer. David Fincher directed the first two and last two episodes of the first season, and it sets the tone for what's to come on both occasions. I do want to convey that most people might think the middle of the season slumped a bit, but I disagree. The middle of the season is where you actually get into the psychology of it all.



Bill is the older, been around the block a few times cop and Holden is the young buck who can’t keep himself out of trouble via asking too questions in a bureaucratic institution. Unit Chief Shepard (Cotter Smith) is an ass in the beginning, but eventually comes around. Another addition that I really like about this show is the performance of Anna Torv who plays Dr. Carr. It’s refreshing to see that the only genius in the room is a woman, plus I liked Torv in Fringe. The season basically plays out by following Bill and Holden around as Bill plays golf, and Holden interviews serial killers. Well, that is until Bill finally stops believing Holden’s work to be a waste of time. Then they team up, Carr tries to make what their doing more professional, Holden goes off script and pisses everyone off. 



Instead being dark in the conventional way by making the whole show centered around the villain, Mindhunter takes a different approach. Mindhunter takes the time to develop the protagonists while showing snippets of what is suggested to be the main villain of season two. Sorry for the brief overview, but I want you to go watch it. Telling you everything now would make watching it pointless, and you won’t get to savor all of the little emotions and psychological effects felt by both Tench and Holden. Why are you still reading? Get outta here, go watch the damn thing already.