Netflix’s crime drama Mindhunter returned for its second season last month. This season sees the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and its agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) interview several more infamous serial killers, including Charles Manson (and his “family member” Tex Watson), Son of Sam, and William Pierce Jr., among others. The team applies all that they’ve learned through these interviews to assist in the investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders.
Season 2 improves on pretty much everything that made the first season great. The interviews are incredibly fascinating which is a credit to the writing throughout the show. Though David Fincher only directed a couple episodes, you can see his hand in each and every one. I can’t help but give a shoutout to the acting in these interviews, as well as whoever cast the killers, who all look eerily similar to their real-life counterparts.
All three of our main characters, Ford, Tench, and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) are given side plots in their personal lives. Tench’s at least has some sort of payoff, while the other two don’t come full circle this season. It remains to be seen where each story goes in future seasons.
I also appreciate the real-life backdrop to the fictional characters seen in the show. It allows me to learn not only about the killers, but also about events such as the Atlanta Child Murders. The show gives a good glimpse of what happened and peaked my interest enough to do a bit of research on my own. The show has teased the BTK killer in both of the first two seasons, and I can’t wait to see how the show handles that investigation.
Overall, Season 2 just demonstrated why Mindhunter is one of the best shows on Netflix, and TV in general, right now. If you haven’t started it yet and can get past the dark and disturbing aspects of the show, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Fincher has said he wants 5 seasons, and you can bet I will be there for each one if it happens.
Mindhunter: Season 2 gets a Golden Donut.
Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut