Mindhunter is Netflix’s most binge-worthy show yet

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 04:23:09 AM. I watched the Netflix series Mindhunter over the course of one week, and I think I could’ve watched it in a single sitting if I had no other obligations or basic needs to fulfill. The compelling...
I watched the Netflix series Mindhunter over the course of one week, and I think I could’ve watched it in a single sitting if I had no other obligations or basic needs to fulfill. The compelling 10-episode series unfolds like a movie, rather than a collection of distinct episodes, making each episode’s end credits feel like a brief glitch rather than a suggestion to stop watching and save it for next time. The show, produced and partially directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac), follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they travel around the US interviewing serial killers and recording their responses. Eventually they’re joined by Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), a psychology professor at Boston University, who helps them develop a system to categorize the killers and possibly predict future behaviors. The story is based on the nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former FBI agent John Douglas. Image: Netflix That might sound like a formula for a tense TV show full of starts and stops, building toward a climax and the eventual capture of a villain. It isn’t. Mindhunter’s storyline is mostly a straight line. If it weren’t so well done — lit like a furnished basement, shot with an almost tactical rigidity until the final scene — the whole thing would feel monotonous: Ford and Tench go to work each morning, interview some serial killers, discuss their results with Carr, then go home to their...Read more
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