Monday, November 6, 2017

What I’m Watching: Mindhunter

Mindhunter: Season 1, Episode 4 (B)

I don’t think that I’ve made note yet of the bizarre, unfinished tone to the opening sequences that this show employs, seemingly recreating a moment that would later play into a serial killer’s crime without much definition or closure. It’s unsettling, to be sure, but I wish that it was a bit more connected. After the completely open experience of talking to Ed, Holden and Bill encountered a less cooperative and certainly less polite interviewee who was much more interested in what it was that they were planning to do with his answers. Bill had no qualms about cutting to the chase, giving his opinion on the despicable nature of what he had done and explaining that he couldn’t hope to understand how someone could do it. Later on, Bill was the more composed and reserved one, showing Holden that he had to work a different way with local law enforcement since they’re not as interested in the bigger picture and more in the investment to solve just one case. Wendy doesn’t seem to want to spend any time on active individual cases but rather on the work as a whole, and, somehow, it appears that they’ve received more than adequate funding to be able to pursue the research full-time. I liked seeing Debbie meet Wendy and how they spoke to each other with Holden there, and it was also intriguing to see how strongly Bill reacted when they got into their car accident, forcefully protective of Holden and ready to reign hell on the man who dared to hit them.

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