David Fincher’s Netflix series, Mindhunter, revolves around two FBI agents, Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff, of Hamilton fame) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychology professor, Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who start a program that studies the psychology of serial killers. The most compelling part of the show, which should come at no surprise, is when these Agents sit down with murderers and question them on their state of mind during the killings. Serial killer Ed Kemper, played brilliantly by Cameron Britton, always leaves a chilling presence especially in the way he talks about women.
With this series we get to see how the stories from these killers affect our two main characters. It’s certainly no easy thing to come home and try to act normal when you just heard in excruciating detail about how someone killed multiple women. And because it is Fincher, the series is a slow burn, but it also doesn’t have any stakes, which is unlike him – there is no grand climax or plot twist at any point in the story – it simply shows the psychology of all of its characters, the most interesting being Holden’s transition of being a eager, goody two shoes to being a crass, asshole who no longer cares about what he says or does.
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