Getting Grim With Mindhunters

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Mindhunters portrays a new twist on a classic genre.

Mindhunters portrays a new twist on a classic genre.

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Mindhunters portrays a new twist on a classic genre.

Abby Pond, Staff Writer

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Are criminals born, or are they formed? Netflix recently released their take on Mindhunters, a spinoff of the movie which is based on the book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, illustrating the story of an FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford. The series premiered Oct. 13, starring characters Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) who encounters a veteran agent, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). Teaming up, the two begin the drive to Iowa, right into a case. Viewer discretion advised, as Joe Penhall, creator, includes every gritty accessory to the ensemble that is the work of homicide.

 

The episode opens cold with Agent Ford finding himself at the scene of a hostage situation. As Ford attempts to pry said hostages out of the hands of the killer through negotiation, he succeeds without losing any pawns. Despite this, he still cannot help but feel uneasy, as he loses the killer in a spur of the moment suicide. Ford begins to realize that the fields of work around him lack concern for the actual killers and why they behave as they do. These institutions that attempt to control killers are only a bandaid to a larger issue. This realization sparks interest in Ford, as he begins to explore the psychology of his target. Taking action on his newly developed interest in the workings of the mind, Ford runs into Agent Bill Tench, offering to show Ford his work, travelling to teach classes on the Bureau’s workings. On their way, the two happen to come across  a small town in Iowa, investigating the murders of a young mother and child.

 

Viewer discretion advised, as Joe Penhall, creator, includes every gritty accessory to the ensemble that is the work of homicide. Besides the obvious disturbance of a head being shot off in the first minute or so of the series, “Mindhunters” contains some graphics and scenes that may offend and bother some individuals. Aside from that, the show sets itself apart from the typical serial killer concepts, allowing the gruesome realities to seep through and illuminating a new perspective to the acts committed. With each clip, the show depicts every concept in an altered way, shifting the focus of the scene every minute, allowing the viewer to take their preferred stance on the situation at hand.

 

4 out of 5 stars.

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