Friday Mindhunter Netflix
DESPITE having a title that makes it sound like a swiftly cancelled 1980s American action show, this is one of the most anticipated new Netflix series for some time. Created by David Fincher, the drama is loosely based on the memoir by former FBI man John Douglas (the inspiration for the figure of Jack Crawford in Silence Of The Lambs), and explores the period when the Bureau was pioneering the science of criminal profiling, and the depths those early profilers plumbed to understand their subject – murderers for whom they eventually coined the term “serial killer.” Set in 1979, we focus on two agents of the FBI’s Serial Crime unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), as they set out to study imprisoned psychopaths, hoping to gain some insight into unsolved cases. No previews were available, but, judging by the trailer, the early episodes, directed by Fincher, see him operating in a tense mode midway between his movies Se7en and the brilliant Zodiac. Unnerving is the word.