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Mindhunters Review: The Truth in Fiction

by Archana Ganapathy

Psychology plays a significant role in understanding the thoughts and actions of human beings. But as you know, anomalies exist in all spectrums of life, and that is what Mindhunter deals with “Serial Killers.” What made them into monstrous humans who are easily comprehended by mere two words. Do you have the guts to find out? 

“Psychopaths’ crime doesn’t have any motive; the crime itself is the motive.” – Forensic (2020)

Mindhunter  TV Series Overview

Mindhunter series revolves around the origin of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in the 1970s. FBI agents, Bill Tench and Holden Ford are tasked with understanding the psychology of serial killers to identify patterns in their behavior. Thus, preventing crimes and solving bizarre incidents which plagued the 1900s.

Mindhunter Review: Fiction and True Stories

Mindhunter tv series comes straight to business from its very first episode. It’s a typical David Fincher project – dark, grim, disturbing. The cinematography and dialogues slowly and steadily pull you into the notorious world of psychopaths.

The show is deeply disturbing and highly consumes your mind as it’s based on real-life criminals who are even today imprisoned in jail serving their terms. You will surely check Google after watching it!

Season 1:

Mindhunter Season 1 Chronicles the setting up of the Behavioral Science Unit and the hardships associated with it. Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) firmly believes in his ideology, but not many are convinced with it. Luckily, he finds an ally in agent Bill Tench (Holt Mcclancy) who agrees to team up with him and start their venture into the minds of criminals. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) psychology professor, volunteers to join the duo.

But when one looks too long into darkness, it taints them. And thus, their interactions with serial killers, start taking a toll on their mental health, subsequently creating friction in their personal lives. 

The highlight of season 1 is Holden and Bill’s interaction with the infamous serial killer Ed Kemper, who was brilliantly portrayed by Cameron Britton. He has an arresting presence that’s hard to miss.

Season 2:

The second season continues Ed Keemper’s narration with the additional storyline about the famous Atlanta Murders crimes that happened between 1979-1981.

Based on the real case of Wayne Williams (Christopher Livingston) charged for the gruesome murder of 2 adult men. Williams is said to have killed 28 children and adolescents but was never proven guilty.

Fincher also narrates parallel tracks about Charles Manson (Damon Herriman ), a religious cult-leader who instigated teenagers to kill people. You get some glimpse of the notorious killer Dennis Rader, aka BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), acted by Sonny Valicenti that builds storyline for Season 3.

The who cast The team of Bill, Holden, and Wendy carefully take the audience into the realms of such criminal minds.

The series seamlessly makes us crave for more dark conversations that are tough to hear. Will their work yield any results for stopping future crime? Well, you will have to watch it out then.

Final Verdict:

Mindhunter Tv Series consists of a total of 19 episodes, is one of the best Netflix shows right now, and a must-watch.

The only complaint against the show is the slow-paused moments, but you need those times for recollecting your consciousness. The theme song of Mindhunter rhythmically blends the dark and mysterious aspects of the show.

This psychological crime thriller is not about blood-shed, interrogations, or police sirens. It’s about the dark, quiet terrifying world inside a human brain. In the end, it leaves us with many questions like are criminals born or do they become one due to life’s turmoil? Watch it, as the Mindhunter Tv series captures words and emotions that unimaginably engulf your senses. 

PS: Viewer discretion is highly recommended.


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