The first official trailer of Netflix’s psychological detective drama, “Mindhunter,” hit the airwaves Tuesday, much to the relief of fans who had been on tenterhooks for news on the upcoming series.
Scheduled to premiere on October 13, 2017, the drama is based on Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas’ non-fiction book, “Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.”
In their quest to develop new techniques and methods to apprehend serial killers and rapists, two of FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit agents, Holden Ford and Bill Tench – played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, respectively – dig deep into the warped minds of incarcerated mass murderers for a better grasp of the psyche at play.
The trailer opens to the whirring sound of a fax machine printing out a black and white facsimile of a female murder victim lying face down, apparently in a secluded wooded area.
“It’s not easy butchering people. It’s hard work. Physically and mentally, I don’t think people realize… you need to vent,” a killer is heard and then seen facing Groff’s character across a table.
He is being interviewed and recorded by agent Ford on a ‘70s tape recorder with big spools – well, with the series set in 1979 you can’t expect the makers to botch up on such small details!
What comes across clearly from the trailer is that the show will not be as much about horrific serial crimes per se, but more an in depth look into the ever-evolving techniques the FBI employs in solving crimes of that nature.
Anna Torv plays Wendy, a psychologist along the lines of the book’s character, Dr. Ann Wolbert Bu. She feels that “psychopaths are convinced there’s nothing wrong with them, so these men are virtually impossible to study,” but at the same time she is convinced that agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench have beaten those odds by delving into the minds of the subjects of their study.
“Yet, you may have found a way in near-perfect laboratory conditions. That’s what makes it so exciting and potentially so far reaching,” she adds.
The unit chief of the FBI National Training Academy, Shepard (Cotter Smith) argues that it’s not the FBI’s job sympathize with the killers but to execute them.
“It is not our job to commiserate with these people. It is our job to electrocute them.”
Ford understands that the unpleasant task of dealing with unhinged criminals like serial killers and rapists comes with the territory.
“We can’t like everything we do. We’re talking to serial killers.”
“You want truffles? You gotta get in the dirt with the pigs,” philosophizes Holden Ford.
It is but expected that constant interaction with subjects of such twisted ilk will take some kind of toll on a normal person. At least that is what you are likely to surmise when Ford says, “I can’t let these guys rub off on me. The way they sex…”
To understand a psychopath one has to get into his shoes, argues Bill Tench at one point in the trailer.
“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” he says.
- Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford
- Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
- Anna Torv as Wendy
- Hannah Gross as Debbie
- Cotter Smith as Shepard
Written by – Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley
Executive Producers – David Fincher, Charlize Theron, Josh Donen, and Ceán Chaffin
Producer – Jim Davidson
Debuting – October 13, 2017