This last week has been a treat. I have been able to watch a box set. A whole box set in 7 days. That is about 70 hours of TV in 7 days. Those of you with children know that this is impossible, unheard of. My children went away for half term and I have been in bed with a cold all day. Heaven.
So, Mindhunter. What a brill show. Classy, great acting, based on truth so sort of feels like I’m learning something.
This Netflix series is created by Joe Penhall and is based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
The series centres around agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) who interview serial killers in order to profile them and use this knowledge to solve ongoing cases.
Groff and McCallany are brilliantly cast as Ford and Tench. Groff, the handsome, keen, ambitious agent against McCallany’s world weary, chain smoking agent. Agent Ford is a much more straightforward character than Tench. Happy to share what he needs to in order to gain the trust of the killers to get a good interview. His excitement and ambition for the job is all consuming and is discussed frequently even with his girlfriend. By the end of the series, Ford has become over confident and slightly smug but as a viewer you forgive him this as his methods are working. Tench is a complicated man. He often struggles to hide his revulsion of the killers he is interviewing and as an old-school detective, often struggles with Ford’s methods. His home life is also interesting. Father to an adopted son who won’t talk which puts an obvious strain on his relationship with his wife.
The series has kept me topped up with my dark serial killer fascination. Ed Kemper, The BTK Killer, Jerry Brudos and Richard Speck are brilliantly portrayed. Special mention goes to Cameron Britton whose well researcher Kemper was brilliant.
This series is definitely worth a watch. 10 episodes at about 50 minutes each. Also if this kind of stuff floats your boat listen to these podcasts….My Favourite Murder and Casefile. I also would like to mention American Horror Story in particular the series Hotel which I have also just finished and LOVED. Gaga is a total legend. Check it out.