IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
The new season of this tense crime thriller opens with FBI agent Holden Ford recovering from his panic attack after coming a touch too close to Ed Kemper, one of the serial killer subjects in the Behavioural Science Unit’s (BSU) investigation into what makes these prolific murderers tick.
Season 2 introduces new, chilling killers into the BSU pool, including David Berkowitz (the postman-turned-killer also known as the Son of Sam) and cult leader Charles Manson, who’s currently in prison. Manson is the man Ford wants more than anything – but that’s not the main focus of this season.
For one thing, the BSU has a new boss – Ted Gunn, a by-the-books guy sent down from DC. And before long, Ford and Tench hear of a slew of child murders and missing children cases in a predominantly black community in Atlanta. As the numbers climb of kids who are abducted and found dead, the more Ford insists that they’re looking for a black suspect – he knows that serial killers hardly ever crossing racial lines. But the community suspects Klan involvement – and aren’t thrilled when the FBI pin down a black man who may be connected to the murders.
Meanwhile, with Tench and Ford in and out of Atlanta on the child murders case, Dr Wendy Carr gets the chance to interview a number of serial killers herself, which is a big step.
And once again, we get a few glimpses of the creepy BTK killer, who was also a figure who guided the narrative of the first season. The FBI agent who was the real-life inspiration for Holden Ford hunted for this man for years, and he was only captured in 2005 – so it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the last of him.
Forbes says “Mindhunter creates tension and terror in a way that few other shows are able to emulate. There is not a single jump scare in the series. There are rarely depictions of violence, or even of crime scenes (we see maybe two dead bodies, briefly, across nine episodes)… [It’s] easily one of the best shot, best written, best acted shows on Netflix.”