Julie Brown


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ strikes a chord with fans of the first film in the franchise

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This review contains minor spoilers for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

When Steven Spielberg first introduced us to “Jurassic Park,” moviegoers were mesmerized by the incredible resurrection of the dinosaurs. Not only boasting a thoroughly entertaining and thrilling narrative packed with heart-pounding moments, “Jurassic Park” proved a somewhat thought-provoking film, giving viewers a glimpse into the consequences of scientists playing God. Thinking back to my own childhood afternoons spent watching “Jurassic Park” on VHS, the first film in the wildly successful franchise holds a dear place in my heart.

Twenty-five years later, director J.A. Bayona has brought us the strikingly nostalgic, yet notably melodramatic “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Set three years after the closure of the Jurassic World theme park, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” begins as a long-dormant volcano on the island of Isla Nublar threatens to wipe out the remaining dinosaurs and send them back into extinction. Officials must decide if these artificially created animals deserve the same protection as any other species and whether they should be relocated to a safe environment.

Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) returns with a powerful and poignant opening monologue about Creation and natural selection, introducing what should have been a meaningful and provoking narrative. Unfortunately, the film relies too heavily on over-the-top action sequences to drive the story forward.
When Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) agree to venture to Isla Nublar to rescue the dinosaurs from the erupting volcano, they realize that they have trusted the wrong people and inadvertently handed the dinosaurs over to exotic animal dealers. Along their journey to recover the dinosaurs they meet near death by lava, drowning, fiery explosion and the obvious, dinosaur attack. With Claire and Owen facing such contrived obstacles one after the other on their mission to rescue the dinosaurs, the overloaded plot of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” becomes distracting and unbelievable, even for a dinosaur film.

The wonderful casting, including the return of some of the favorite familiar faces, enhances the attraction and chemistry of the film overall. Chris Pratt adds a bit of lighthearted humor with his loveable antics as Owen Grady, rivaled only by that of a newcomer to the “Jurassic World” films, Justice Smith as Franklin Webb. Surprisingly, one of the most memorable characters proved to be Maisie Lockwood played by the talented Isabella Sermon in a breakthrough performance for the first-time actress.

What really makes “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” worthwhile, however, is the pure nostalgia it offers. Not only by being released nearly 25 years to the day after the first installment in the franchise, but also by mirroring some of the iconic scenes from “Jurassic Park.” Most notably, and one of my personal favorites, is the scene in which Maisie Lockwood attempts to escape her bedroom through the laundry chute and frantically struggles to pull the door down as a dinosaur lunges toward her. This is an almost exact remake of the memorable kitchen scene from the first film, “Jurassic Park.” Another memorable scene in which Claire, Owen and Maisie are hiding from a velociraptor in one of the museum display cases mimics the scene from the first film in the visitor center dining area when the children spot the velociraptor silhouette behind the raptor display. Because of the sentimentality of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” in its references to the first film, I highly recommend watching “Jurassic Park” before the newest film in order to fully appreciate it.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” certainly has its flaws, however, it is definitely worth watching. With the unexpected twist in learning Maisie’s past and the glimpse of a possibility that dinosaurs may soon live even closer to home, we are left wondering what the hugely anticipated “Jurassic World 3” may have in store for the franchise.

“Jurassic World 3” is set to release June 11 of 2021.

Radio Free Charlotte’s Open Mic Fest

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Arriving at the Popp Martin Student Union for Open Mic Fest, I was first filled with excitement watching preparations for what appeared to be a rather sizable event. Planned and hosted by Radio Free Charlotte staff, Open Mic Fest was intended to showcase UNC Charlotte student singers, rappers, bands and poets. There was a large stage for the performers, colorful lighting and plenty of photographers and videographers ready to capture the event. All that was missing was the audience.

As the starting time, 7 p.m., came and passed I became concerned that anyone who decided to attend would likely leave upon realizing that the event had yet to begin. With coordinators and Radio Free Charlotte staff scrambling to finish setting up, the lights dimmed and at about 7:45 p.m., and the first performer took the stage.

Unfortunately, as predicted the only audience the artists had were their fellow performers, along with the event coordinators. It seems music related events almost never succeed with UNC Charlotte students, but with all the expectations I had leading to Open Mic Fest I was sorely disappointed with the turnout. Not only was audience attendance lacking, but there were also no more than five artists to perform.

The genres represented were also a bit disappointing, with four of the five artists being rappers. Even being a slight fan of rap, I was hoping for more diversity among the artists. Performing artists included rappers Justino, Lazy Luke, Saint Judah, Ricky Blanco and duo rock band Nick and Mike.

The bright spot of the evening was, of course, the actual performances given by the artists. Given so few in attendance, each artist was able to perform multiple original songs to truly demonstrate their talent. Justino started the night strong, making an effort to hype the few audience members. Following was Lazy Luke and Saint Judah, who worked the stage well. Ricky Blanco was my favorite rapper of the night with his quick lyrics and confident performance, and Nick and Mike ended the night with a debut of their original song, “Tease.”

Even with the poor attendance, Radio Free Charlotte station manager Caroline Hewett seemed pleased with the event. Her goal, she says, in planning Open Mic Fest was to “bring up the spirits” of students nearing the end of the year and to host an event that “could reach anyone.”

Open Mic Fest was an excellent effort to reach the UNC Charlotte campus community and showcase student talent, but unfortunately didn’t have the desired effect.

MOVIE REVIEW: “Happy Anniversary”

Noel Wells as Mollie, Ben Schwartz as Sam (Photo Credit: Netflix)

I can’t deny my occasional guilty pleasure in watching a good romantic comedy. Unfortunately, it often seems Hollywood follows the same outline for every romantic comedy released, complete with the same generic cute couple, how they meet-cute and subsequently fall in love. Netflix’s new quirky, offbeat comedy “Happy Anniversary,” written and directed by Jared Stern, is a welcome breath of fresh air about a couple reconsidering their relationship. The perfect romantic comedy for the couple who has perhaps been together too long, “Happy Anniversary” asks the question, “Why are we still together?”

On the morning of her three-year anniversary with boyfriend Sam (Ben Schwartz), Mollie (Noel Wells) tells Sam she is unhappy and misses the romantic he once was. She worries that their history may not be enough to keep them together, and that they will one day become as indifferent to each other like her parents did. Sam is convinced that Mollie refuses to let herself be happy. The main plot takes place over the course of a day, and through a series of flashbacks, viewers experience the ups and downs of Mollie and Sam’s relationship and how it began.

Stern’s depiction of a couple struggling with becoming too comfortable in their relationship is both genuine and funny, with hilarious moments including Mollie arguing for romance while on the toilet and Sam exploding after stepping on a hair clip. “Happy Anniversary” illustrates realistic relationship milestones like getting a first pet together, as well as trivial daily disagreements like trying to agree on a restaurant.

Stern also does not shy away from the more uncomfortable moments, like Sam’s comment about being happier when Mollie was dead and Mollie finding out her dad has cancer. Including such troublesome points from Sam and Mollie’s relationship was an important choice to illustrate that love is not always easy. Schwartz and Wells’ undeniable chemistry on-screen encourages viewers to invest in the couple’s relationship and adds to the overall honesty of the film.

“Happy Anniversary” succeeds in portraying the faults in Mollie and Sam as individuals, and how they are stronger as a couple. Mollie is a control freak begging Sam to make decisions, only to turn them down when she is unhappy with his choices. Sam is overdramatic with a delicate temper, which seems to erupt at the slightest provocation. Even though they seem to be very different people, they balance each other and prove that sometimes opposites attract.

The glaring flaw in “Happy Anniversary” is the characters’ eccentric personalities. They are a couple seemingly too quirky for their own good, which although successfully delivers laughs, comes across as overbearing and contrived. When they first meet at a bar (while Sam is waiting for another date, I might add) they immediately fall into casual banter as if they’ve known each other for years. Perhaps the intention is that they fall in love at first sight, but the whole encounter is simply unrealistic. Their individual personalities are so distinctive, and mesh so well together, it is unbelievable that they may have a future with anyone else.

“Happy Anniversary” is a sentimental and funny, but overall unimpressive film. The honesty of Sam and Mollie’s relationship may resonate with couples in a long-term relationship, but rather than spend another night watching Netflix on the couch, save some time and just watch the trailer.

Noel Wells as Mollie, Ben Schwartz as Sam (Photo Credit: Netflix)

TV REVIEW: ‘Seven Seconds’ – Season 1

Spoiler Warning for all episodes of “Seven Seconds.”

Clare-Hope Ashitey as KJ Harper. (Photo credit: Netflix)

I have never been so thoroughly satisfied, yet completely disappointed, after finishing a series as when the credits of the new Netflix original series “Seven Seconds” flashed across my screen. Released Feb. 23, “Seven Seconds,” follows a family’s fight for justice against a police coverup surrounding the death of a young black teenager. Allow me to shatter your hopes now, there is no happy ending. Creator and writer Veena Sud triumphs with her harshly realistic depiction of the human lives and emotional hardship behind racial injustice. The profound acting allowed me to become further immersed into the far-reaching web of hurt, anger and deceit built after Brenton Butler’s death.

“Seven Seconds,” however, is not without flaws. Unlike Veena Sud’s “The Killing,” there is no mystery to start this series. The first episode begins with officer Peter Jablonski’s (Beau Knapp) frantic drive to the hospital, when he accidentally hits a teenager riding a bike. Viewers immediately know the suspicious circumstances behind what may appear to be an unfortunate hit and run accident and are then led on a roundabout plot full of inconsequential filler while the series attempts to catch up. These ambiguous sub-plots lead to unnecessary character ties and many unanswered questions. The series also adds exaggerated character weaknesses in what seems an attempt to humanize the individuals portrayed and explain their convictions. Brenton’s attorney, KJ Harper (Clare-Hope Ashitey), especially has a needlessly tragic incident in her past to possibly explain her alcoholism and detachment issues. Peter Jablonski also endured an abusive father and a stillborn child, perhaps fueling his drive to protect his family above all else. Even quirky detective Joe ‘Fish’ Rinaldi (Michael Mosley) with a distant daughter and a wife that cheated on him with many of his previous police force, consequently lives a withdrawn life at home with several dogs and develops an attachment to the young, runaway heroin addict Nadine (Nadia Alexander).

Throughout “Seven Seconds,” there are seemingly insignificant cues hinting at the issue of race and what it means for Brenton’s life and his family’s success in fighting for justice. In episode one, Brenton’s parents, Latrice Butler (Regina King) and Isaiah Butler (Russell Hornsby), rush to the hospital after receiving a call notifying them that their son had been injured. Upon arriving, they hurry to the reception desk to ask about their son Brenton’s condition. The receptionist becomes annoyed, replying to the parents that a Benton been admitted, and they had given her the wrong spelling. This minor detail illustrates the hospital’s indifference to a critically injured young black man, so much so that they don’t even enter his name correctly. The final episode ends with another important cue as KJ Harper leaves the courthouse and turns to peer at the “Lady Justice” statue, holding uneven scales. This shot hints at the continual racial injustice received at the hands of the law, with law enforcement always on the upper hand.

“Seven Seconds” also utilizes an ongoing connection between life and death. Episode three, “Matters of Life and Death,” opens with Latrice Butler’s tearful goodbye to her son and his body being taken to the morgue. This shot directly contrasts the one immediately following of Peter Jablonski meeting his newborn son for the first time, illustrating the inequality of Peter gaining everything the Butler’s have lost. Episode nine, “Witness for Prosecution,” also reveal Teresa (Adriana DeMeo), Peter’s wife’s cousin, to be pregnant soon after the death of Nadine.

Beau Knapp as Peter Jablonski (Photo credit: IMDb)

Aside from race, “Seven Seconds” tackles many other difficult issues including religion, veterans re-entering civilian society, substance abuse and LGBTQ acceptance. Latrice and Isaiah Butler are prominent members of their church community, but after losing their son begin to question their faith. Latrice particularly questions how God could let her son die alone in a ditch, while the person responsible walks free. After episode eight, “Bailed Out,” reveals that Brenton was not involved in a gang, but in a relationship with gang member Kadeuce Porter (Corey Champagne), Isaiah Butler struggles to accept that his son was gay. He seeks the advice of his church pastor, who comforts Isaiah with reassurance that God had created Brenton exactly as he wanted. After Kadeuce testifies that he was in fact Brenton’s boyfriend, Isaiah finds him beaten in his motel bathroom and it’s assumed he was attacked because of his relationship with Brenton.

Isaiah’s younger brother Seth (Zackary Momoh), is a military veteran returning home after deployment. Several episodes mention his difficulty finding a civilian job, even stating that the VA had encouraged him to reenlist, and episode eight echoes these struggles as he and many other veterans wait for assistance. Seth wrestles with his identity as a civilian, returning to his previous gang and nearly leaving for a second deployment. Several characters in “Seven Seconds” suffer from addiction and substance abuse, including the 15-year-old runaway, heroin addict Nadine. Even after Fish offers her a safe place to hide from the police looking to eliminate the only witness to their coverup, she refuses to stop her drug use. Officers Mike Diangelo (David Lyons), Felix Osorio (Raúl Castillo) and Gary Wilcox (Patrick Murney) use her known drug addiction to stage an overdose when Felix injects her with a fatal dose of heroin.

Overall, “Seven Seconds” proves a meaningful and honest series that resonates especially well given recent racial struggles throughout the country. Veena Sud’s authentic take on race in the criminal justice system is sure to continue an important conversation.

TV REVIEW: ‘Freakish’- Season 2

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for both season one and season two of “Freakish.”

Hulu’s original series “Freakish,” produced by AwesomenessTV, begins after a deadly explosion at the nearby chemical plant traps a group of high school students inside their school. They soon discover the toxic fumes in the air are causing a mutant-like conversion in anyone directly exposed, and find themselves battling these “freaks” to stay alive. Although a zombie outbreak is certainly not a new idea, the added concept of a chemical induced conversion is interesting enough. Unfortunately forced acting, awkward dialogue and one-dimensional characters ultimately make the series difficult to watch.

Season two of the series opens with the return of LeShaen (Melvin Gregg) after his search for help outside the school. While exploring, LeShaen is captured by officials from Keller Chemical Plant and unearths the horrifying truth about the plant’s experimentation on humans. He quickly escapes back to the high school, but is followed by agents of Keller intent on killing all witness. With the help of his remaining friends Violet (Liza Koshy), Grover (Leo Howard), Zoe (Meghan Rienks), Barrett (Tyler Chase) and Diesel (Adam Hicks), he succeeds in fighting off the agents, but not before suffering a crippling broken ankle. Without the aid of antibiotics, LeShaen’s leg becomes infected by gangrene and draws the freaks closer with the putrid smell. LeSaen’s last wish is for Barrett to kill him quickly to save his girlfriend Zoe and the rest of the group. Zoe’s shock and heartbreak at LeSaen’s death is one of the few genuine moments portrayed in the season. After already losing her best friend Natalie in the final episode of season one, Zoe is believably broken at the death of her boyfriend and the realization that everyone she ever loved is likely dead.

When Grover returns from his search for antibiotics with a small group of fellow survivors, the whole group is threatened by the presence of the newcomers. The addition of these personalities, however, unfortunately adds nothing more than high school relationship drama and new faces with the same tendency of over-acting. Among this group is Violet’s ex-boyfriend Zane (Jordan Calloway), who apparently cheated, leading Violet to place a homemade explosive in his truck. Grover, Violet’s new boyfriend, feels his relationship with Violet may be in jeopardy after Zane’s arrival. Diesel also seems to have a new love interest, Sadie (Niki Demartino), following the death of his previous girlfriend Natalie. The reunion of Violet and Zane especially seems entirely too contrived. It’s difficult to believe that Zane, who worked security at the chemical plant and was apparently working the day of the explosion, survived, only to stumble upon a group of survivors including his “psycho” ex-girlfriend. Further adding to the unrealism of their relationship, Zane still has feelings for Violet even after she put the explosive in his truck. Diesel at least does seem reluctant to enter a new relationship with Sadie, but even his short time with Natalie was a forced advancement to the plot. Despite not knowing each other until the explosion trapped them together, and being part of a group of limited choices for a romantic interest, they somehow decided they were ultimately supposed to be with each other. Apparently, no threat of death or conversion to an inhuman freak can stop raging teenage hormones.

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Two of the newcomers, Anka (Saxon Sharbino) and Ollie (Ryan McCartan), seem to pose a threat, and are locked in a cage by the rest of the group. When they are discovered to be Anka and Olliver Keller, whose father owns the chemical plant, Anka reveals that they have a helicopter to rescue them. Barrett warns the group, fearing another encounter with Keller officials determined to kill all witnesses of the frightful effects of the gas released from the plant. Zoe, however, believes her brothers may still be alive and releases Anka and Ollie to try and find out. She and the rest of the group fight their way to the roof of the building, only to find out their device to alert the helicopter has been sabotaged. After a member of the group must sacrifice herself to save the others, they confront Grover and learn he was only trying to protect himself, as he is a target wanted for retrieval by Keller officials. Violet decides she can’t be with someone she doesn’t trust, so she breaks up with Grover and again falls for her cheating ex-boyfriend, Zane, resulting in another dramatic overreaction when Anka later kisses him.

Although Grover is still unsure about the reason he is apparently a retrieval target for agents of Keller Chemical Plant, he is forced out of the school by the rest of the group. Barrett, still fearful of being killed when the helicopter arrives, decides to leave with Grover. They first visit Grover’s house and find it has been destroyed in the explosion, apparently killing both of his parents. Just down the street, Barrett’s house is still totally intact, but his family is nowhere to be found. Barrett reveals his involvement with a group of hackers attempting to expose Project Wednesday, a series of horrifying human experiments at Keller Chemical Plant prior to the explosion. Grover learns that his father, who was a scientist at the plant, led the research behind Project Wednesday and is responsible for the outbreak of freaks. The connection between Grover’s dad and the explosion seems an unnecessary addition to the plot, and raises many more questions than it answers. Until the last episode of the season, it is believed that Grover’s entire family died either in the explosion or the aftermath. When Grover awakens after being shot at a nearby government camp while trying to escape, however, he appears to be visited by his father. If Grover’s father survived, did he have prior knowledge of the explosion? Why didn’t he attempt to save his family? Does the picture of Grover mean his father attempted to find Grover, or was Grover an intended experiment subject?

A possible season three of “Freakish” would hopefully answer many of these remaining questions, however, I recommend saving yourself the time and frustration of watching this series.

TV REVIEW: ‘Mindhunter’- Season 1

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The new Netflix original series “Mindhunter,” by creator Joe Penhall, follows FBI Special Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Special Agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they plunge deep into the minds of serial killers. Holden and Bill interview multiple serial killers throughout the series in an attempt to better understand why they committed their gruesome crimes, and how to identify potentially violent criminals. These interviews provide disturbing details about the nature of each killer’s shocking offenses, and what makes “Mindhunter” even more unsettling is that each of the crimes portrayed are based on real murderers.

The series begins somewhat slowly as viewers are introduced to Holden Ford, who teaches hostage negotiation for the FBI training program. After speaking with a fellow instructor, Holden begins to wonder about the criminal psyche and their motivation for violent crimes. He and Bill Tench, of the behavioral science unit, begin teaching a road school to local law enforcement about triggers for anonymous murder.

Not until the second episode are viewers introduced to Edmund Kemper (Cameron Britton), when Holden disregards the hesitation of his partner and contacts Ed for an interview. This first encounter with Ed proves both unexpected and eerie. Ed being nearly seven feet tall and about 300 pounds, his size alone is enough to intimidate Holden. Ed, however, immediately takes Holden off-guard by behaving kindly toward the prison guards and offering Holden a sandwich, before giving insights about his knowledge gained while watching cop shows. Then as Holden begins to question Ed about his past, Ed speaks shockingly eloquently about the brutal murder of five college students and his mother, seeming to show no remorse. During the entirety of the interview, viewers are given the impression that despite his calm and calculated demeanor, Ed could suddenly snap at any time, inducing the chilling sense that Holden may speak one wrong word and become Ed Kemper’s latest victim.

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Bill’s previously unknown family life is glimpsed after an unforeseen car accident with Holden. Bill describes he and his wife’s struggles to have children before adopting a young boy. Bill expresses concern for his six-year old son, who has yet to speak a word, and worries that he is an unfit father. As Holden delves deeper into his research and interviews of Ed Kemper, he begins to apply the behavioral archetypes and insights he learns to assist in solving local murder cases. The successful execution of these insights encourages Holden and Bill to continue their examination of serial killers, launching their formal study into behavior and criminology with new partner Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv).

Holden and Bill next interview Monte Ralph Rissell (Sam Strike), who is convicted of raping and murdering five women. Although Monte is much less imposing in stature than Ed Kemper, his cold and manipulative personality is deeply unsettling on its own. Monte immediately reveals his drive for control when he enters the room and asks Holden and Bill for a soda, and further demonstrates his urge to physically express anger when he crushes the can in his hand. He then narrates in startling detail how he evolved from improvising rape to planning organized murder. Rather than remorse for his crimes, Monte feels resentment toward everyone he believes is to blame for his behavior.
At this point, the unknown ADT worker in the opening sequence is becoming threatening. His reserved demeanor induces chills, and he is clearly planning something sinister. Although his brief storyline does not yet cross paths with agents Holden and Bill, he seems to exhibit similar inclinations to the serial killers they are interviewing.

The majority of the fourth and fifth episodes follows the case of Beverly Jean Shaw, who was murdered and mutilated days after her body was left in a dump. Holden and Bill work with a local detective while attempting to apprehend her killer, who the detective is convinced must be an outsider and not someone from the community. Holden and Bill, however, decide to question Beverly Jean’s supposed fiancé Benjamin. Benjamin proves an awkward and anti-social individual who is seemingly unable to control his heartbreak after the murder of Beverly Jean, but Holden finds Benjamin’s act artificial and practiced. Agents Holden and Bill continue interviewing everyone close to Beverly Jean, and discover that Benjamin’s brother-in-law Frank has a history of domestic abuse. After finally questioning Frank’s wife Rose, Holden and Bill begin to piece together a horrifying three-way murder puzzle.

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Until episode six, little is known about Dr. Wendy Carr’s background and private life. Viewers are now briefly thrust into Wendy’s life away from Quantico as a university instructor working alongside her girlfriend Annalise. Their relationship appears to be under strain because of Wendy’s work in Quantico, and Annalise asks Wendy to focus on teaching. After an uncomfortable dinner with Annalise and some colleagues, Wendy leaves and accepts a full-time position for the FBI.

When agents Holden and Bill interview Jerome Brudos (Happy Anderson), who is called the Shoe Fetish Slayer, Holden seems to begin to unravel. Jerry seems brash and severe, as he demands pizza and cigarettes immediately upon meeting the detectives. Jerry outright denies each murder he has been convicted of, giving feeble excuses about his involvement with each victim. To attempt to gather more open responses from Jerry, Holden brings him a pair of black heels with which Jerry masturbates in front of the detectives shamelessly. Holden is later thrown when his girlfriend Debbie proceeds to seduce him wearing the same shoes. Holden also readily confesses that his mother had accidentally walked in on him while masturbating. This is the first glimpse that Holden may be becoming too invested in these killers, and allowing them too deep inside his personal psyche.

Bill decides that interviewing these serial killers who have describe their horrific crimes so openly is taxing on his mental well-being, and temporarily postpones meeting with any others. Bill’s marriage and family life also shows signs of struggle when his wife suggests music therapy for their mute son, but Bill expresses distrust of the music teacher. Their babysitter then quits after finding a gruesome crime scene photo under their son’s bed, cementing the idea that Bill’s work is damaging to his family.

When Holden visits a local school to give a presentation, he discovers the inappropriate habits of the principal, Roger Wade (Marc Kudisch). According to some of the students and teachers, Roger likes to tickle the feet of students who find themselves in his office. He argues that it establishes a friendly and encouraging relationship with these students, while parents are horrified at the thought of possible escalation of this impulse. Holden attempts to prove that Roger’s actions are wrong and potentially a precursor to more violent behavior, but his fellow researchers Wendy and Bill discourage his involvement. Holden decides to disregard their warnings and when contacted by the school board, he is informed of Roger’s termination.

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Wendy and Bill then begin to interview potential candidates for a new assistant when Chief Shepard introduces Gregg Smith, who seems to be Shepard’s new informant. After a potentially offending interview with Richard Speck (Jack Erdie), Holden intentionally alters the interview records to protect himself from reprimand. He asks Gregg to omit the statement on the interview transcript and discard the tape, but when the entire unit comes under review because of complaints Gregg cracks under the pressure. The final episode details the murder of Lisa Dawn, a 12-year old majorette. Holden and Bill question her suspected murderer and Holden once again shows signs of inappropriate and disturbing behavior as he speaks to the murder suspect on a personal level. He openly discusses the frustration of young girls appearing much older, and the possibility of mistakenly being attracted to them. He then unveils the murder weapon, which only the killer would recognize, a large rock. Much to the dismay of his partners, his tactic succeeds in pushing the suspect to confess.

When Holden receives an unexpected call from the hospital explaining that Ed Kemper has attempted suicide, Holden reveals that Ed has been trying to contact him since their last meeting. Holden then decides to visit Ed, and their conversation seems to begin benignly. Holden soon realizes that he has been manipulated when Ed suddenly threatens him after the hospital staff leave them alone. Fearful and in shock, Holden suffers a violent panic attack in the chilling final scene of the series.

Viewers are left with the unknown ADT worker burning graphic drawings of tortured and murdered women.

Netflix has renewed “Mindhunter” for a second season, and is rumored to be focused on the murders of children in Atlanta. The estimated release date is Fall 2018.