Finished it last night. Superb. As someone who worships Fincher's thriller endeavors and, on another hand, period pieces like The Americans, this is everything I wanted from the concept. The balance between episodic cases and continuing narrative is a delicate one, but for this kind of thing that necessitates four days or so to go through, you get a realistic handle on the toll of the job for Ford, Tench, and Dr. Carr.
Cast is great, but I'd finger Holt McCallany and Anna Torv as the breakouts.
For those who've finished:
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It's a breath of fresh air that this doesn't end in anyone drawing their gun, only the initial standoff that makes Ford disillusioned with hostage negotiation. No standoffs, just compelling drama and character work.
The word that the Atlanta child murders will be the focal point of Season 2 seems like a fascinating direction, but I hope they keep the same momentum with occasional pitstops for interviews, with the BTK Killer emerging from his shadowy glimpses.
Will Debbie be back, or will she call it quits with Ford?
Hoping we get more on Dr. Carr's personal life (and Lena Olin).
Tench's family life struck a deep chord for me.
Those cold opens with the BTK Killer were ballsy as hell. Gotta wonder how many people watched wondering what the hell was going on there. Even I thought this was going to come to a showdown, but it doesn't. I didn't even realize that that was supposed to be him. It's the long game.
One more thing: is the show supposed to be set in 1977 or 1979? Both years get offered as official descriptions but I couldn't quite get a handle.