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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’ve somehow missed Mindhunter under the heaps of quality programming Netflix throws your way, then I suggest you have a look.

The David Fincher-led series follows two FBI agents and their attempts to use the use human psychology to understand and catch murderers. It’s a dark sort of story, executed in real David Fincher-y style (if you’ve seen some of his dark serial killer-type films, you know what I mean).

However, while it could have fumbled under the dark subject matter, it still manages to bring plenty of levity in the form of the lead characters, Holden Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, and Bill Tench, played by Holt McCallany.

Speaking with CinemaBlend, Groff discussed why Mindhunter is such a perfect fit for Netflix and expounded on why the show feels more like a novel than television show.

“As I was watching it back this last week, and I was watching the first episode, which is very slow and the moment of inspiration and whatnot doesn’t kick in until they sit down with Ed Kemper it’s like boom. But it’s so interesting that the idea of interviewing these serial killers and just the whole sort of origin story is so specific. So I understood when I was watching this week thinking about David plotting it all out, and it’s like this guy who teaches the hostage negotiation so that he has a specific skillset in talking to people, and when he’s teaching hostage negotiation to other people, and then we connect. Watching it all take its time and telling the story as specifically and with as much tracking as you need, that could never happen on a network because you need the Ed Kemper interview to happen three quarters of the way through the first episode, but David could really tell the story he wanted to tell in more of a way that felt more like a novel than a television show.”

Holt McCallany, who plays the other lead in the series, Bill Tench, also spoke along the same lines, this time highlighting more explicitly that this is an experience that could not have been captured on network TV.

“I’ve had both experiences, I just remembered one day we were shooting in Pittsburgh and we were sharing stage with another show that was a network show. The writer of that show happened to be an old friend of mine and he’s a big fan of David Fincher’s. So he came to me and he said ‘do you think David would allow me to come to the set and watch one afternoon.’ So I asked David and he said it was OK and the guy sat behind the monitors all day long one day, and it was the scene where we were interviewing Richard Speck, and it’s a very long scene, like a ten page scene. And It’s ten pages of three guys sitting around a table talking. And he watched all afternoon and at the end of its he took me aside and said ‘Holt, that was an amazing thing to watch, because on my show I couldn’t even turn in a scene that was longer than four pages.’”

Of course, sometimes allowances like this can lead to overindulgences, but as of right now, a lot of shows seem to be striking a very specific balance that seems to work.

Have you had a chance to check out Mindhunter yet? Let us know what you think down below!

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SOURCE: CinemaBlend

  • Danny B

    I’ve just watched the whole show and loved it. The ‘slow burn’ style really does allow character building, tension and creates a real investment in all the characters good guys or bad guys. Great stuff Mr Fincher and Mr Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.