Mindhunter: Your New Netflix Obsession Premieres October 13

How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?


Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the next hot show to premiere on Netflix, Mindhunter, which drops October 13. Ever since news of this series came about last year, I’ve been circling the date on my calendar. I am ALL-IN on crime dramas. It’s arguably my favorite genre of television. Breaking Bad, The Wire, Making A Murderer, The Keepers, True Detective (Season 1 of course), Top of the Lake (Season 1 as well), Every OJ Simpson documentary. I can’t get enough of it. You give me two to three cops / lawyers who are trying to solve a mystery and I am hooked.

From the GOAT website, Wikipedia, “Set in 1979 — in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation — Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how such criminals think and apply this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.

I mean come on. I am ready to catch some serial killers right now. However, this is where it’s interesting. Most crime shows ask the question, “Who did it?” Mindhunter looks to ask the question “Why did they do it?” It’s a different take on a somewhat crowded genre of TV. However, I do hope they eventually try to use what they learn to go out in the field and apply it to catch real serial killers.

Here are some important notes as to why I’m excited for this show:

– The main charcter, Holden Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, is based on John E. Douglas. For those who don’t know, John E. Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers in the FBI. Why should you know him? Well, John E. Douglas has provided inspiration for several characters including Jack Crawford from The Silence of the Lambs. PHENOMENAL movie. The Silence of the Lambs is my second favorite movie ever behind the Shawshank Redemption. I’m not a psychopath. I just like psychopaths in movies. So Mindhunter, in a way, is kind’ve like the prequel to Silence.

The Silence of the Lambs

– David Fincher and Charlize Theron are executive producers. David Fincher is Mr. Suspense and Plot Twists. He’s addicted to them. Seven, The Social Network, Fight Club, Gone Girl, House of Cards. His resume speaks for himself. This man knows how to produce successful movies and shows.

– Mindhunter was already renewed for a second season. I love this move and I hate this move. I love it because it’s probably very entertaining and early screenings have proven people will like it. Hence, why they already renewed it. However, I do hate this move because I’m afraid the show will take its time in terms of character development and moving the plot. With a second season already guaranteed, the show does not have to rush into any major plot lines or stories. I understand that most showrunners will envision multiple season for their shows, but I feel that if it’s not guaranteed right away, they won’t hold back in the beginning. It’s not a glaring hole, but it does make me a little concerned.

So if you find yourself with some free time in between playoff baseball, fire up Mindhunter. It’s the perfect show to occupy your time for the next two weeks before Stranger Things comes back again.

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