After making us wait for excruciating two years that felt like twenty, ‘Mindhunter’ returns with a strong season that delivers the chills and the excitement that its crisp, gloomy teasers had promised. It gives the audience exactly what they wanted in the form of Manson and Berkowitz interviews while steering the series in a pleasantly unexpected direction which might determine the course of the future seasons. The Atlanta Child Murders are the highlight, but there are a lot of other things with which David Fincher continues to engage the imagination of his audience. If you haven’t yet seen the series, catch it on Netflix.
Proceed with caution. SPOILERS AHEAD
Summary of the Plot
The first season of ‘Mindhunter’ had Special Agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench interviewing serial killers, a term they later coin, with the help of Dr Wendy Carr. Some big names become their subjects and their study gains momentum and finds a proper direction. It ends on an unnerving note when Holden flies too close to the sun and ends up with a panic attack. The second season picks up immediately after that. Tench has to get him out of the hospital while Robert Shepard has to pay the price for his arrogant behaviour that got the team in murky waters earlier. With a new head, the unit expands and finds a breakthrough moment with the Atlanta case. Meanwhile, Tench’s relationship with his wife deteriorates and Wendy tests new waters, both professionally and personally.
The Atlanta Child Murders Case
The second season of ‘Mindhunter’ took a considerable turn from its approach in the first season. Previously, the focus was on learning. There were more interviews with various killers. There were some here and there cases, but they were more of side projects. This time, after the fifth episode, the narrative is completely taken over by the Atlanta case where the practicality of the Behavioural Science Unit gets tested.
Holden, as always, seems to have grasped the situation. He has a clear-cut picture of the killer’s profile and comes up with some ideas to catch him. He knows what he is doing, and all the cases that he had worked in the previous season had yielded great results. He had been hailed for his ability to profile the culprits. He goes to Atlanta believing something similar to happen. Instead, he gets a completely different picture. This case isn’t like the others. This one is not marred just with brutality, but also with politics, race relations and a lot of red tapes.