Catching Killers is a crime documentary series that recounts the horrific crimes by dangerous criminals and how law enforcement caught them. Catching Killers season 2 consists of 4 episodes, each with a runtime of around 40 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
The investigators behind infamous serial killer cases reveal the harrowing, chilling details of their extraordinary efforts in this true crime series.
– Catching Killers season 2 review does not contain spoilers –
Catching Killers season 2 again has 4 episodes named – Bind. Torture. Kill: BTK, Thrill Kills: The Phoenix Serial Shooter, Missing Men Part 1: The Toronto Village Killer and Missing Men Part 2: The Toronto Village Killer.
Much like its previous iteration, Catching Killers season 2 goes right to its point – there’s no beating around the bush and in the first episode itself you are pushed into BTK’s arms. The series relentlessly pushes information after information towards the audiences. It’s interesting, but you don’t get to mull over the information that you are getting about such prolific killers. The episodes are short and quick and do not have the time to discuss anything other than the cold hard evidence.
This isn’t a series about the killers, though. This is a series about the solving part of the killings. It’s about the detectives, how they found the killers, the evidence that was found and the steps that they took to stop these killers. You get a step-by-step into the process followed by the detectives to interpret evidence and piece everything together to nab the culprits. Unfortunately though, and I mentioned this in the season 1 review as well, the series never really delves into the nitty-gritty of the crimes.
For the crime junkies out there, who obsessively watch true crime documentaries to get a glimpse into the minds of the killers will find themselves just a bit lost and underwhelmed. I’d highly recommend you watch The Tinder Swindler or The Puppet Master if you want that look into the killer’s mind instead of a look from the detective’s side. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not uninteresting. But there’s just something missing in the stories that will keep you hooked.
On the other hand, these cases are unique. The last one, specifically, is just so shocking that it’s interesting to watch the detectives talk about it – can something like this even happen? And although you cannot understand the killers’ minds, you understand what hardcore detectives thought while solving such puzzling cases. The shock, awe and disbelief in their faces, plus the excitement of solving them, is enough to keep everything going smoothly.
The videos, music and re-enactments are, as per usual, pretty great. That’s nothing shocking since we’ve seen this before in the first season as well as several other Netflix true crime docs. The background score is subtle and goes well with the story being told. There aren’t too many re-enactments, we mostly see interviews of the detectives sitting in front of bland backgrounds. It makes sense at the moment and doesn’t add too much substance that can overwhelm the watching experience.
Summing up: Catching Killers season 2
Catching Killers S2 has a story for every mood. This one has a very interesting story about a thrill killer which is maddening to watch. The third and fourth episodes, though, might just take the cake. I am sure you’ll be familiar with a few (or all) of these incidents but learning what happened at the back of the insanity is interesting as heck.
Catching Killers S2 is streaming on Netflix.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.