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Topic: Mindhunter


Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's the job of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. They attempt to understand and catch serial killers by studying their damaged psyches. Along the way, the agents pioneer the development of modern serial-killer profiling. The crime drama has a strong pedigree behind the camera, with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron among the show's executive producers.

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Pleasantly surprised by this. Of course, having David Fincher's name attached generally ensure a certain level of quality, but I went into this expecting a traditional dark story about stopping a serial killer along the lines of Se7en or Zodiac. I'm delighted to find that it's something quite different, with a strong focus on the educational side of criminal psychology.

Television is getting closer and closer to film quality in terms of visuals, and this is joining the ranks of Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery in terms of cinematography.

Holden is an interesting and appealing character immediately. He's such an outsider, almost oblivious to how out-of-place he is. He also seems somewhat fearless and more than slightly obsessive about his work, so right now it's hard to figure him out. I just know that I like him.

I'm also sensing a potential for some humourous moments with the pairing up of Ford and Tench, who obviously have very different perspectives on what they're doing. This could almost be compared to a modern retelling of The X-Files, just with horrific murders in place of supernatural events.

I have to say I too was pleasantly surprised by this series' opening season. I watched the first episode with a few mates of mines awhile back and broke out shortly after. I had doubts I was going to continue with it but my curiosity got the better of me, and boy did it pay off. The series really started to gel and formulate from the second episode onward and vastly improved throughout. If you haven't picked up on this yet I suggest you give it a spin. smile

Netflix officially confirmed a second season on November 30th, but without any confirmation of a release date, at least none that I was aware of since I last checked. Director and exec producer David Fincher recently talked about the show in terms of next year, implying he'd be filming in 2018, which would further imply that the second season would drop towards the end of the year, much like season one. Fincher is also slated to direct World War Z 2 in 2018, so he may be less involved in the hands-on production of the show next time around. Best guesses for season two seem to point towards October 2018.

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