I really enjoyed the first season of Mindhunter. Genevieve did a great exploration of some of the darkly fascinating crossroads of psychology and crime that the Netflix show trod in its debut outing.
Adapted from the Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas’ book on the world’s first serial killer profiling unit, ‘Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit’, Mindhunter was a flawed yet—for me at least—pretty damn compelling—experience. Aesthetically as well as dramatically, I was hooked from the get go. And though most everyone seemed to agree that delving into the minds of those of us who themselves dare dive into the minds of unspeakably violent examples of our species was a good hook well executed, one of the main gripes people had with the show’s first season was its strange, sometimes flat- or artificial-seeming dialogue. A few of the characters—chief among them its main protagonist, Holden (Jonathan Groff, playing a version of Douglas), as well as his girlfriend, Debbie (Hannah Gross)—spoke in ways that I could understand might make people mutter, ‘Come on! No real actual person talks like this.’ Personally I thought this worked, as both Holden and Debbie seemed like deeply idiosyncratic characters. I did think that the show could have done with a few more meaty roles for women, though Anna Torv’s Wendy Carr worked well in my opinion.
At the same time as making character-specific sense to me, the somewhat disconcertingly off-speaking rhythms also worked to draw me further into David Fincher’s damp and twisted maze. I absolutely adore Fincher’s movies. And though the extent of his involvement in the first season of Mindhunter is somewhat more complicated than simply ‘showrunner’, he did steer the show into existence as well as directing four episodes of the debut run. His creative fingerprints and the DNA of his work, as well as his priorities, were all over it.
Having released a teaser recently, Netflix have now also put out a full trailer for the second season of Mindhunter. Excitingly, Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and Carl Franklin (One False Move) are also being brought on board to direct an episode this time around. Which is great! But also, you know, hopefully some great women directors will also be recruited. I think this show could really benefit from that. It also looks like—after Once Upon A Time In Hollywood—Charles Manson will be making another appearance on our screens this summer (even played by the same actor as in Tarantino’s semi-fairytale, only aged up). I won’t be delving into the morality of that decision here, just suffice it to say that your mileage may vary.
At the very least, anything that gives us more Holt McCallany is always gonna be somewhat OK in my book.
You can check out the trailer here:
The second season of Mindhunter comes to Netflix on August 16th.
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