More info about S2 here via The Playlist. Dominik is the really interesting get this season, he's never worked in tv. Also that Fincher does all the reshoots himself; I heard they were extensive for S1. (Fincher is very hands on, a perfectionist, which is a good thing. But to me this takes up way too much of his time (several years) when he should be doing feature films or at least directing every ep.)
Fincher himself directing the premiere and finale episodes like he did in season one, Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James,” “Killing Me Softly”) will helm another two, and filmmaker Carl Franklin (“Devil In A Blue Dress,” “One False Move”), who’s become something of a journeyman director on TV in recent years (“House Of Cards,” ” The Leftovers,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Vinyl” and more), will direct the rest and bulk of the show.
Fincher is currently in Pittsburgh doing prep on season two which starts at the end of the month. It should keep him busy for most of the year and regardless, I’m told Netflix intends to hold it for an early 2019 release. The “Mindhunter” filmmaker directed all the reshoots for every episode of season one and he’ll be doing the same for season two; they’ll be baking in time for that as well.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Jan 27, 2019 7:19:14 GMT
ehhhh I have really mixed feelings about this. I binged it over the last couple days and while it was mostly enjoyable is didn't build to a satisfying conclusion at all.
Firstly, Holden Ford. I don't like him. He starts the season a wide-eyed conceited asshole and ends the season a cynical conceited asshole. The sideplot involving his relationship with Debbie was entirely filler. I think it was meant to directly express his transformation over the season but I didn't see much of a change in him at all. Groff's role here is challenging and I think he got what he was going for with this straight-laced, reptilian and socially awkward aficionado of criminal deviant psychology, but...he's not that fun to watch. I don't enjoy Holden Ford as a protagonist. And maybe it's just because the character is supposed to awkward but I couldn't sense any chemistry at all between him and Hannah Gross. It was worst in their first scenes (their dialogue at the bar was super-cringey) and got slightly better as the show went on, but I was never invested in that aspect of the story.
Secondly, while the show definitely looks like Zodiac for the most part (this isn't no Criminal Minds bullshit) and it nails the interview scenes, it strangely feels much smaller-scale despite the total running time of the combined episodes. This is my running issue with most TV shows, because they have more time to fill they more easily fall into the trap of wasting time. While some of them contain so much story that they couldn't possibly contain everything neatly into a 120-140 minute film (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones), many I've watched or tried to watch seem to pad out their runtime with nonessential filler (see: The Terror) in lieu of laying out a concise narrative. There are several plot threads in this season that go nowhere, the worst offender being Holden's relationship with Debbie which of course ends with a melodramatic breakup because he's too invested in his work (definitely didn't see that coming a mile away). And then there's also Bill's troubles with his son, the foot-tickling principal, Wendy's lover / sexual orientation, Wendy leaving food for that cat in the AC vent (which has a nice little disturbing punchline but the payoff isn't worthwhile). So the season has elements of Zodiac's straightforward take on procedural investigation with a keen eye for rigorous detail just with A LOT more filler and a lot less detail. It's based on a nonfiction book but with all it's narrative bunny-trailing and editorializing and melodramaticizing it doesn't give the impression of that. The season is too unfocused and simultaneously too contained. There's so much here that doesn't add up to anything. And there's also some stuff that flat-out out doesn't make sense, like who the hell though it was a good idea to have Jonathan "I Like Serial Killers" Groff teach a classroom full of grade-schoolers about deviant psychology. Fire that person.
I'd probably give it a 7 or something.
God I'm tired of TV doing this to me. I get watching a show and it's enjoyable and I binge it, and then it just leaves me high and dry and disappointed. I can count on two hands the shows that broke that pattern and Mindhunter ain't one of them.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Jan 27, 2019 7:30:04 GMT
oh yeah and all that stuff with the ADT Serviceman...yeah that stuff was dumb. Show all this footage and then build up to nothing. I don't know maybe it was just a cheap bit of serial killer fan service but it added absolutely nothing to the season and I hated it. Thankfully it didn't take too much screentime but...yeesh. What a waste of time.
Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv, and Holt McCallany will be back on Netflix when Mindhunter season 2 premieres this Aug. 16. That’s according to executive producer and series director David Fincher, who let the news slip on a recent podcast appearance. A rep for Netflix later confirmed the premiere date to EW.
“Yes, there is now (a date),” Fincher said on KCRW’s The Treatment. “I’m not sure, I guess I’m allowed to say it, but, yeah, it’s gonna be the 16th.”
This aligns with what Charlize Theron, another executive producer on Mindhunter, previously stated on The Howard Stern Show that season 2 would drop during August. Now it’s official.
Joe Penhall (The Road) created the series, which immortalized actor Cameron Britton‘s relationship with egg salad sandwiches through his raved-about performance as killer Ed Kemper. Penhall has since left the project, according to McCallany in a previous interview with EW.
“David took control over the arc of the story, everything has changed considerably from the original scripts that were turned by a talented British writer named Joe Penhall but who is no longer with the project,” the actor said.
Mindhunter follows a special team within the FBI, spearheaded by Agent Holden Ford (Groff), that investigates what makes serial killers tick during the ’70s. The show was formally renewed for a second season in November 2017 after season 1 premiered in October of that year. To say bingers have been patient is the understatement of the modern age.
“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice,” Fincher once told Billboard of season 2. “The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”
It looks like Jim Barney, the black FBI Agent who interviewed the team in season 1 will be returning. Makes sense since he’s from Atlanta. Felt bad for the guy last season since he traveled by plane to interview for a job and was objectively the most qualified, even if the reason for not giving it to him was understandable (thinking that white killers might respond differently to a black FBI agent). He seemed intelligent and I’m curious what kind of perspective he’ll bring.