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The Mentalist Review: "Red Sky in the Morning"

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Last night marked the second season finale of The Mentalist and we finally got some Red John action! Not to dwell, but seriously! Why do you think the writers left him out all season?

On the Season Finale

Going into "Red Sky in the Morning", we knew that there was a copy cat, but we were surprised that it was the roommate. It was a bit cheesy the way this storyline went. Really? Film students turned copycat murderers to make a film about Red John? For us, it seemed like this was just an easy way for the writers to bring back Red John. It was pretty great that Red John showed up and killed them. We were certain that RJ would have been flattered that they went to such extremes to copy him. 

So now that we have a bit more information about him - can we really be sure that Red John really is a man? What we found interesting was the tone of "his" voice. It would be very presumptuous of us to assume that he is a man - rewatching the interactions between Jane and Red John, you can't be 100% sure Red John is a man.

A big theory would be that Kristina is Red John. What we found disturbing was her public outcry to him on TV. It's not like she is unaware of Jane's history, so why be such a fool and take him not seriously? Even when Jane showed up and her house and warned her - again - it didn't seem like she was in the least bit worried about her situation.

Do you think that Kristina packed her bags and left or that Red John came in and kidnapped her?

Obviously she is either with him on her own free will, is him, or was taken by him - but that question that still looms is which one? We think there is much more to Kristina than what we know - and this is just the beginning of her story.

We were a bit disappointed that nothing bigger happened between Red John and Jane - I mean for goodness sake Jane was tied up and couldn't go anywhere! RJ didn't even smack him around and what was up with the song? When Red John said:

Red John: Tiger tiger burning bright in the forest of the night. | permalink

What do you think he meant? Why do you think he is so fixated on Jane? He's been out of the equation all season long, then comes back and leaves us with a riddle?!

Overall, we loved last night's season finale and only wish The Mentalist gave us more like it! What did you think of the season finale?

Until next season, we leave you with a few of our favorite The Mentalist quotes after the jump!

Red John: If there's one thing I can't tolerate is cheap imitations of my work. | permalink
Lisbon: You should make that call.
Jane: What call?
Lisbon: Right, like I'm not a detective too. | permalink
Kristina: People do change Patrick, it's possible. | permalink
Jane: What the hell are you thinking! Don't you understand who you are dealing with! | permalink

Review

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Red John is Jane's father. The reference to Tyger-Tyger is a psychopathic justification that God created the evil RJ metes out. Jane's father is the same age as Orville Tanner, his first partner. Jane's father is a "psychic" who can hypnotize and manipulate people. He won't kill his own son, but killed the wife and child for leaving the circus. Jane's father hates cheap imitators. Jane's father is left handed and so is Red John when we see him drink tea. His father is not part of the circus anymore. Van Pelt is the daughter/sister of one of the victims Jane and his father ripped off in Iowa. She is from Iowa, and probably is related to the young girl who died after buying the phony crystal rock. Van Pelt wants to kill Jane and his father.

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I keep thinking of that CIA forensic guy that was also there at the first episode that Jane says enjoys his work too much. Seems weird to see him back.

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Did he really say "roll tide?" I kept replaying it and still couldn't figure out what RJ said

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I'm just catching up with this program via Netflix, and I haven't really observed or given much thought to symbolism, foreshadowing, and other literary techniques. I initially thought that the characters were very two-dimensional, and that there was little chemistry between or among characters. I'm still fence-sitting, but if you have to look as hard as I've done to see the chemistry, then maybe it doesn't exists. In fact. thus far I think that Cho's character was given more personality than all other characters combined. So, after reading these posts, I'll have to go back and re-watch the entire show. Meanwhile, I have an excellent ear, and I'm willing to bet (although we may never know) that it's Simon Baker's voice we hear as a cloaked, masked Red John. Listen over and over, and you'll note nearly identical consonant emphasis, especially on the "T," as well as syntactical nuances. All he's done is to make his voice nasal and slightly higher pitched. Likely, it's a joke on us devised by the producers, directors, or Baker himself. Can't wait for *that* credit, if it ever comes. Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.

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After Patrick’s frantic hunt for Kristina, who still hasn’t been found, I was surprised that in this first episode of Season 3 of The Mentalist, he’s put her search on the back burner. But last season did leave us with him being calm and hiding Red John’s words from Lisbon, so apparently he’s got something on his mind that’s changed his perspective… All in all, I thought the writer’s were successful in calculating what viewers want. (1) Engaging interaction between Patrick and Lisbon; (2) Reminder of VanPelt and Rigby’s feelings for one another; (3) A very funny scene with the drama-queen-wife driving Cho nuts and Cho fighting to remain stoic; (4) The scene inside the show showing the different team members (and the music playing), was a reminder that this team feels like a family, each personality unique while important to the whole. The writers dutifully reminded us that Patrick doesn’t like to be touched. But I was delighted by the scene where Patrick was in the car telephoning Lisbon to come to the scene and she pops up at the window followed by the rest of the team. Fun surprise. Maybe even they’re learning/growing able to anticipate Patrick’s thoughts and actions and the mentalist factor is rubbing off? Patrick ultimately explained how he knew early on that the stepfather was guilty, but in another scene Lisbon pointedly asks him how he figured something else out and he just as pointedly sidesteps the explanation, making a wisecrack instead. I think the writers are working hard and succeeding to cover and yet cloak all bases. Is Patrick psychic? No, no, absolutely not...but... Specifically regarding Patrick’s character, here I was least satisfied. Of course there’s always the welcomed charm, but I’m feeling that Patrick’s critiquing of others is getting out of hand and becoming a drag. Perhaps it’s intended to emphasize how Patrick is always smiting and elucidating the errors of others while ignoring his own, but nevertheless it’s beginning to feel a little contrived. Instead of Patrick sprinkling his “explanations� everywhere, now he sprinkles more Dear Abby - Ann Landers-type comments. I prefer the explanations regarding his mental gymnastics – even though "I" think he’s actually psychic. So, I’m yearning for a return of “Walter Mashburn�, the filthy rich guy who gave Patrick a car and was a truly devil-may-care character. Just about the first thing Walter Mashburn said upon meeting Patrick was (paraphrased), “You’re one of those psychics, aren’t you?� However, he made it clear that ultimately he didn’t care one way or the other. All he really wanted was the thrill of the challenge – something to pique his interest and to entertain him. Interestingly, Patrick could never successfully provoke Walter Mashburn because Mashburn wanted to be provoked. While Patrick gives the quintessential *appearance* of being the one in charge and in control, Walter Mashburn turns that on its head by saying, “so what.� This is a quality that another brush with Mashburn’s character would allow Patrick to explore.

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The Mentalist is telling three stories, plus the one we think it's telling! The first hidden story is a family drama about Julius Caesar and his children. (Bruno Heller, the producer and writer, worked on the series Rome before making the Mentalist.) The second hidden story is about a secret group of enforcers, who police a segment of the population who are secretly descendants of the same bloodline as Caesar. (There's a new Matt Damon movie coming out about the exact same "Bureau" idea.) The third hidden story is about the dilemma faced by powerful insiders who know the tricks, lies, and behind-the-scenes details of mass manipulation, in their struggle to find the concrete rewards that come through love and trust and innocence and a belief in mystical forces. This is may not seem very hidden, but it refers not just to fake psychics but hugely important figures in history that people are generally aware of were con-artists, and the current batch running the world. Because of the research I've been doing for the past two years on Global Fraud, and because I happened to like watching the Mentalist before I realized it contained these three layers of hidden text, I've worked out the symbols and codes this show uses, and I will now predict what will happen in season three. If I'm right, it will be handy in proving my theories about Global Fraud are correct. I should disclose that I am also a novelist and screenwriter; before I knew about the history of Global Fraud, I could sometimes guess plot twists in shows, just from having experience as a writer. But I never foresaw an entire season of a show, and I was usually very surprised by twists, and emotionally affected by good writing. Also, I live in a small town in Canada, with zero connections to anyone connected with the Mentalist. Note: These predictions are based on the historical events the show has depicted so far, the names of the main characters and which historical figures they symbolize, the way the story has been set up so far, and the small amount of information that has been made public about season three. It was only after watching a rerun of the season 2 finale that I realized I had enough information to predict the events of the third season, and should do so before the season 3 premiere aired. These predictions may prove wrong however, if the following details are portrayed as happening only to the people involved in the crimes the C.B.I. investigates in season 3, rather than, as I am predicting, the events happening directly to the main characters. If I am wrong and none of the following happens to the investigators personally, it will happen metaphorically to the people they investigate, or in a carefully-timed combination of the two. Or I suppose it's possible that the writers could take it in some random direction, but it doesn't seem too likely after the two-years they've spent setting up a huge climax. Grace will become pregnant, and it will be implied she is pregnant by the new male character played by the actor Eric Winter, though it may be very subtly implied, hinted at, or joked about that Patrick Jane is the father of Grace's baby. (The theme of pregnancy could also be referred to in the context of his feelings for Christina, her becoming pregnant or discussing pregnancy, that she has grown children, or simply a victim on the show being pregnant.) Rigsby will feel conflicting feelings, both angry about Grace's pregnancy, yet feeling fiercely protective of her. (Rigsby may also have to battle accusations that he has gotten her pregnant, leading to him being fired or nearly fired, though this element of the historical story was already referred to in an episode in season 2.) There will be two lovers fleeing to safety from someone who has killed one person already, and is now trying to catch and kill them. They will try to seek help from someone wearing all black, a hood, plaid, or in some other way symbolizing Scotland or Druid/Celtic types. This person will refuse to get involved, yet when they beg, will help them in some way. The lovers, or someone else, may then travel by boat to a place of refuge. More tea cup symbols will appear, and possibly a reference to Paris or France or the French in general. As the timeline of a pregnancy continues through the season, there will be symbolism and names that refer to churches, saints, red hair, Leonardo Da Vinci or other things referenced in the Da Vinci Code, such as secret religious orders, heirs to a secret throne, Merovingians, etc.. Also codes, mysteries, people in disguise, people forced to commit crimes against their will, people hiding or revealing secret information, and blood symbolism will continue. A leader may be going insane with jealousy, being too demanding on his employees, being revealed as a religious fraud, manipulating politics behind the scenes, or being a tyrant claiming a connection to God. The references to incest, incest romances, near-incest romances, incest-like relationships, and babies produced through incest, will continue. Also a woman may have a mental breakdown or suffer memory loss, although this has already been done in season 2, but this time it may be in connection with her relationship with her brother or son. Also, in general, story lines will include seductive older women seducing younger men, usually while wearing the color red. Blond women will be either powerless, good breeders, or will be slandered in some way. There may be accusations of a powerful older man being gay, or of a man becoming the heir to a powerful man through adoption and/or by providing sexual favors. Near the end of the pregnancy, Red John will injure, attack, kill, or appear to kill Grace. Both she and the baby may die, the baby alone may live, or both she and the baby may live. Less likely is her losing the pregnancy, but this would refer to a general theme related to the story, so it's possible. Patrick Jane will grow increasingly upset that Christina keeps providing psychic information, but he will be unable to figure out if she is Red John herself, working for Red John, or if she is a genuine psychic who can help them catch Red John. He also may come under suspicion himself as Red John, causing him to realize what it feels like to figure things out honestly then be accused of being in on it. We will be led to feel VERY sorry for Patrick Jane through all of this. Patrick Jane will finally decide to trust Christina because it is the only way to catch Red John, even though he still has no solid proof either way and as many reasons to believe her as to suspect her. He will finally take a leap of faith and trust her, even though he realizes if he is wrong she will destroy him, the people around him, Grace's baby, law and order, etc. A fortune teller, psychic, prophet, or perhaps just Christina, will warn of danger coming that a person will not heed or believe. Or this may just be represented by Patrick Jane still not trusting her. Christina will provide important information leading to Rigsby and Patrick Jane getting revenge on Red John by killing him around the middle of March. There will be a sense of relief, and a young man will take over as leader in some way, though he will realize he has to share power with others to succeed. A large tomb may be involved. Patrick Jane will still not have proof that Christina had nothing to do with Red John, or that she is a genuine psychic, but he will decide to love her anyway and start believing in mystical things, and she will forgive him for being so suspicious. The group will all continue catching people guilty of crimes and enforcing the law. If Grace and her baby both live, they will stay connected to the group in some way. If Grace died but the baby lived, Patrick and Christina may adopt her, but this is only a guess as in the real situation the mother and baby survived for a year, at which time the mother had a second child, and both she and the second child were murdered. Well, it will be interesting to see what happens on the Mentalist. Anyone who wants to know more of the symbolism behind these predictions can read two articles about it I will post on my website, susanmaureenbrandt (dot) yolasite (dot) com .

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I just read that Malcolm McDowell will be back as Brett Stiles. This ought to be good. The next episode will also bring in characters from Jane's past which will add dimension and more realism to his persona. Since they've already started shooting in late July, the anticipation is building up. Relax, Breathe.

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Cant wait to see what the fall season brings. We do need some pretty strong material to keep us on edge, forget the buffoonery of the last season, put some meat on the barby and lets get the sizzle going. Jane in Jeopardy is quite the ticket when it comes to producing a frisson of disquietude, while a menacing villain is always de rigueur in police genre, our non-hero needs to reestablish his focus/raison d'etre. Give us back the old Jane.

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Doesn't everyone know that Red John is really Shawn Spencer? Gus drove Shawn up from Santa Barbara; they ate pineapple on the way. ;) OK, I don't know who Red John is, but I think it's too obvious for RJ to be the Psychic Healer and agree with others that RJ is definitely a man. Why Jane is keeping "Roll Tide" from Lisbon is as much a mystery, but I suspect we'll have the answer in the opening episode of Season 3. This episode was entitled "Red Sky in the Morning" and the premier episode of Season 3 is "Red Sky at Night", so they would appear to be bookends to the summer.

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It would be really awesome if Red John was Kristina Frye. It seems "his" style to really mess with Jane's head and it would be an interesting form of torture for Jane to realise the person he had started to care about had killed his wife and child. That said, it's not very likely. I also liked what Val said about Jane being Red John, but i'm not sure how that would play out.