I'm not a big serial killer fan, although I did love (Silence of the Lambs), so I approached this series with trepidation. But Bryan Fuller is a stylish and inventive guy, so I thought it would be worth checking out.
Surprisingly, it's not that stylish or inventive, although it does have some reasonably clever - though not particularly original - ideas. Mainly it's just sort of glum.
But that's not my big issue with this episode. The drab humorlessness and the blood aren't things I love, but I can see them as a reasonable way to approach the subject.
My problem is the stupidity. First off, the whole profilers-who-make-statements-with-100%-certainty is annoying. No one ever says, this *might* mean this. It's always, "this is an apology," "this guy hates women" done within two minutes of seeing the crime seen. (True, this is standard in Sherlock Holmes books, but the author made sure you understood how Holmes was able to do that in a way this show's recreation sequences utterly fail to do).
Worse, in the end two profilers, people who should be sitting in an office looking at evidence, go out and investigate and then enter a dangerous situation they are in no way trained or qualified to handle. And one of them has a gun on him, although it's not established he's an agent so I'm not sure he would even be allowed to do that. Fuller is normally someone who thinks outside the box, so I'm shocked to see him indulging in typical dumb-action-show cliches.
Just disappointing in every way.