Rating (2.5 out of 5)
Summary: This Netflix series offers a few episodes and scenes that draw you in, but unfortunately it is a trick and they bombard you with boring scene after boring scene. The subject matter is absolutely fascinating and you definitely are drawn to learn they developed the profiling of serial killers. But ugh, we have to delve into everyone’s relationships. Snooze alert. BTW: The main character is a pain in the ass, and I didn’t like him.
Plot: During the 1970s two FBI agents interview serial killers and begin to develop the FBI’s profiling team.
Details: The show is the best when they stay focused on interviewing the serial killers and investigating a murder. Completely fascinated watching them categorize killers and how they apply those categories in an investigation.
Of the total series, I would say 1/3 is focused on the serial killers. The writers felt compelled to explore everyone’s personal relationship. Watching the relationship between Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and his hippie girlfriend (Hannah Gross) pained me. Their struggling relationship didn’t add significantly to the core of what allowed the show to be entertaining, and eventually, the relationship became a drag.
They explore other relationships, including Holden’s partner Bill (Holt McCallany), his wife and troubled adopted child. Yes, they threw everything in there to make it seem interesting. The stew of story components became a distraction. They did the same with the team’s psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv).
Had they shaved 2 or 3 episodes and explored the impact of the research on their family lives without bringing in the family, the pace would have significantly improved.