"If you’re going to indulge in a nasty crime drama, at least make it the classiest one on TV," says Jack Seale, adding: "When it debuted, Mindhunter skeptics found that, for all the bravura acting and precise direction that had others hailing a masterpiece, the series was as much of a precious prodigy as (Jonathan Groff's Holden) Ford himself. During season one, they argued, it was prone to aggravatingly knowing dialogue – such as the scenes where the FBI workshop the invention of now-familiar terms such as 'serial killer' – and to allowing those extended two-handers to drag on beyond endurance. Series two tackles that criticism by sending its characters further out into the real world. Last year’s loose case-of-the-week format is replaced by an arc dealing with the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81, underpinned by police officers’ frustrated efforts to catch the soi-disant 'BTK strangler.' Decamping to Atlanta, a city that has just elected its first black mayor but is riven by racial schisms and reeling from the violent deaths of so many black children, offers a significant shift of tone."