When we left off in season one, Agent Holden was having a panic/anxiety attack. It was a compelling cliffhanger, that much was for sure. What we saw was how much the serial killers he was interviewing had managed to get into his head.
Season two picks up soon thereafter. The cause of Holden’s second anxiety incident is a stunner that made the entire episode for me. Where the first season focused on Holden, this was more about Agent Tench and the issues he is facing. The shift of character was a good one and artfully executed. Bill has problems, his son becomes entangled in the murder of a young boy, a crime that tears at his family past the point of breaking.
Things have changed for the entire team. Their boss was fired and replaced with someone that solidly backs the unit and sees the value of it. Intertwined in this is their ongoing interviews with serial killers, the BTK case, and the case that makes the unit finally accepted – The Atlanta Child Killer.
The beginning of most of the episodes drops little hints of a serial killer, BTK. The unit is digging into this case but getting nowhere. That’s okay, we all know it will take years to bring this one to conclusion.
The character that is shorted in this is Dr. Wendy Carr. We explore her lifestyle and the conflicts she has between what people say and what is real. Unfortunately the way this season is structured, we miss the chemistry of the three main characters throughout. While Holden and Tench are working the Atlanta Child Killer cases, she is more or less sidelined.
For me, there were two serial killer interviews that popped. One was with the Son of Sam, the other was with Charles Manson. I don’t ruin this for you, but they are not only well written, but excellently cast. The Berkowitz character comes across as so close to reality, you wonder if they are interviewing the real killer. Manson comes across as very authentic to interviews I’ve seen. Kudos to the folks in casting.
There was a lot of accuracy to the entire Atlanta Child Killer case which was both disturbing and compelling. It does not portray the Atlanta PD in a positive light.
What makes this series sizzle for me is the settings and props from the early 1980’s. As someone who lived in that era, it is pretty dead-on accurate.
I enjoyed this season a great deal, but miss the trio of key characters working together. Now we have to wait for Netflix to get around to working on season three. A solid five out of five stars.