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Chilling crimes and captivating investigations makes ‘Mindhunter’ a Netflix must see

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The Netflix original series, Mindhunter, transports viewers into the disturbing era of late 1970s criminal investigation. Directed by Oscar-nominated David Fincher, Mindhunter follows the lives of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they embark on the task of discovering why and how serial killers operate.

Despite only having aired its first season, this crime drama does well to illuminate the dark minds of convicted criminals. For this reason, it is rated for mature audiences only, as it contains very graphic and detailed depictions of homicidal crimes, sexual content, and dialogue that may be sensitive for some viewers. The grisly content; however, is momentarily offset by picturesque cinematic scenes and the occasional sarcastic remark, before delving back into the sinister minds of murderous felons.

Mindhunter favors a morbid, meticulous character development and story progression. Unlike, other shows that offer fast-paced and convenient plots, Mindhunter provides a more realistic approach to crime investigation and its investigators. Within the show, the team must withstand the mental exertion of their professions which eventually spill into their personal lives—allowing Mindhunter to produce a comprehensive storyline.

Additionally, spectators who also enjoy television shows—such as Criminal Minds—will enjoy the up-close and personal interviews with notorious killers. The investigations are reminiscent of the good cop, bad cop method, which refers to a police interrogation technique of feigning sympathy while the other adopts more of an aggressive approach. This creates a sense of authenticity about the police force and its procedures during 1977.

But this crime series is unlike most for the reason that justice is not always served. Since the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) of the FBI is still testing out the waters of criminal psychology, viewers are able to understand the frustrations and successes that the characters go through. This creates a more vivid and surreal television experience by giving audiences a direct window in the investigation process.

The lack of awareness for the importance of criminal psychology is disturbing. The first season of Mindhunter shines a light on the development and understanding of the criminal psyche, while leaving audiences at the edge of their seats waiting for the new installment of the next season.

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