Since this website is gonna have some different types of themes for these posts each day, why not get some alliteration and due TV Tuesdays. What the thought process is gonna give a review of a new or existing show and give my thoughts on it. Being the inaugural entry into the series, the only fitting way is to review a new show to Netflix in Mindhunter. Now overall, Netflix original series have all been pretty much critically acclaimed across the board. I’ve seen most of them outside of Ozark, Kimmy Schmidt, and most of Masters of None, so going into Mindhunter I had high hopes for it to live up as far as quality of show. From what the previews showed us, this series was gonna be a grittier version of Criminal Minds (a show I have not seen one episode of, but get the gist of the plot) with a old school era twist.
Now I usually give a series about 2-3 episodes before I collect my overall thoughts and feelings about it, as well as if I want to trek forward. That being said, Mindhunter is gonna be a one episode slow grind type of viewing experience for me. It’s overall premise is not bad and does have interesting points, but the episodes drag and my attention was never fully grabbed like Stranger Things or Bloodline. I feel like the show drags more than I thought it would for what is was speculated and previewed as, which really disappoints me. The first 10 minutes of the show’s first episode was wild and so interesting, and had set the wrong tone from the beginning. The action in that period is pretty much the only type of shootout or action moment within 3 episodes.
The acting in Mindhunter is kind of a take it or leave it as well. None of the characters really have me interested outside of the main character and the love interest you meet in episode one. As a Netflix original, it’s such a letdown cuz most of the time, I either really love the characters we’re supposed to like and really hate the ones we’re supposed to hate*. The convicts play their roles on point as crazy people who are mass murderers, but I expect that since mental patients are exactly that, MENTAL PATIENTS. There is nothing groundbreaking in here that makes me 1000% on board, and it hurts my brain to think about that as a Netflix show.
I hope by I finish Mindhunter I can sing a different tune, but from what I have read it doesn’t pick up from here. This day was gonna come eventually, but I didn’t think at this point it was. Netflix might have its first show that I don’t praise from the rooftops. If you are someone who enjoys a slow plotting and want a deep dive into a mind of a serial killer/ criminally insane person, this series should be queued up in your account. For those like me, who have short attention spans and want action left and right, go in with the time and patience I should have or avoid it all together and wait until Stranger Things comes back and blows everyone’s face off.
*FUCK BARB FROM STRANGER THINGS AND ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH HER. SHE GOT FUCKING WRECKED BY THE MONSTER AND THERE IS NOTHING FURTHER WE NEED TO DO FOR HER. COME AT ME IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE I DON’T CARE.