After a lengthy two years, Netflix’s Mindhunter season two finally premiered on 16 August 2019 and it was definitely worth the wait. The first season of this show became a sleeper hit and was a rare gem in the crowded assortment of television crime dramas.
In similar veins of shows such as True Detective, Mindhunter allows itself to delve into real-life elements of criminal investigation (with most cases explored within the show examining actual criminal investigations) while incorporating fictional components necessary in a crime drama without losing a sense of authenticity.
Season two picks up several days after the finale of its predecessor, maintaining its central focus on the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit’s (BSU) three main players, special agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), special agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). Unlike the first season, season two starts off strong by quickly establishing the current state of the BSU; shifting their criminal psychological practices from an alternative form of crime investigation to an essential component in solving cases. This is explored by entangling the BSU in the real-life Atlanta Child murders of 1979-1981 which overlooks season two’s main plot.
The allure of Mindhunter stems from the way the series examines the psyche of well-known serial killers who are expertly cast and portrayed throughout the show. Season two knows what the audience wants and ups the ante by including a wider list of familiar maniacal faces.
One particular performance that stood out this season is Damon Herriman’s unnerving portrayal of Charles Manson. Though Herriman only appeared in one episode, he takes centre stage with his performance, encapsulating the appearance, mannerisms and swagger of Manson as if he were the real deal.
Director David Fincher once again shows his clear command of dialogue driven characters expertly woven with his signature tension building narrative which this season further surpasses in comparison to its predecessor.
Mindhunter season two will leave audiences hanging on the edge of their seat after each episode and is definitely worth the binge.
Number of Episodes: 9