By Buna Poeng
One of the most gripping images from the first episode of “Mindhunter,” a man blowing his head off with a shotgun, still sticks in my mind. However, this show focuses less on shock value, and more on the insidious power of the human brain.
A Netflix original, “Mindhunter” is based on the true crime book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” by John E. Douglas. Like its book counterpart, the show has received very positive reviews from critics such as Rotten Tomatoes, with a 96% approval rating.
“Mindhunter” dives into the psychology of serial killers during the 1970’s, following the studies of FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). This was when behavioral science studies really started to take off in terms of criminology. The use of real life serial killers makes this a thrilling and fun show to watch, as I found myself doing research on these real life serial killers throughout the show.
I cannot rave enough about the authenticity of this show. Big name serial killers, such as Edmund Kemper (Cameron Britton), are referenced and portrayed by other actors. The darkness these actors showed during their screen time made me think twice about going to the store at night.
Although this is a criminal show, there are scenes that made me laugh harder than I thought I would. Main character Holden Ford’s dry sense of humor and blandness make for a good laugh, and his constant bickering with his partner is always fun to watch.
I would recommend this show to anyone interested in shows such as “Criminal Minds,” “Blacklist,” “The Following,” and “Dexter”–just to name a few. Like myself, you’ll find yourself reading the biographies of these serial killers and starting to imagine yourself in the shoes of an FBI agent. I say it’s a must watch on Netflix.
Overall Grade: A+