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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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I re-watched the first episode introducing Kristina and I’ve got more comments. (Hey, I’m probably more obsessed about this show than anybody!) 1. Kristina said that the car that hit and killed the victim would be found in water over concrete. In the scene pulling it from the dam, Patrick proclaimed to Lisbon, “Either Kristina is implicated OR she is a real psychic. Arrest her!� Possibly an inside joke by the writers? because Kristina was not implicated. Although writers of television/movies follow the same rules as those limited by the text format of physical pages of a book, they have additional devices they can use. A director (to add interest) can work the camera to aid or distract viewers. There’s some interesting camera work in this series and much focuses on Patrick Jane’s facial reactions. If an important element of this series is to reveal emotions, then Heller picked the perfect actors. Baker is phenomenal at projecting emotions. The camera closes in or draws back to reveal and conceal what’s going on. Conversely, I believe there’s some purpose to Kristina not projecting emotions. Often she has an almost deadpan quality. At this time I don’t understand why, unless (just a wild guess) she were a trauma victim. The one time she genuinely looked scared/upset (the split moment fright on her face was dramatic) was when Jane fell apart emotionally, saying that he would protect her at any cost against Red John. After considering this, I believe she instantly saw the real possibility of him truly hurting himself and others in his current state of mind. While the scene might be interpreted that she was afraid of Red John because that’s who Patrick was talking about, I beg to differ. 2. So, along the lines of camera work, I want to visit the subject of touching. If Jane were a psychic (although consciously unaware of it) he might get information through touch. Note that whenever he intentionally touches someone, the camera zooms in for a close up, almost to say notice this. 3. Also, in the first episode with Kristina there was an especially poignant storyline. While murderers are usually presented as cliché characters (after all, who wants to feel sorry for the villain), this murderer was a young woman. She murdered her mother in a moment of fury after witnessing that her mother had not picked up her phone call. Yes, indeed, what a crazy, selfish, horrible act. But it was her explanation (excuse) of her fury that caught my attention. She exclaimed in anguish, “My mother said that she would protect me and she didn’t! Parents are supposed to protect their children!� The camera made certain to also include a semi-close up of Jane’s face (emotions) during this scene. I examined his expression and he certainly seemed to hide what he was thinking. There was absolutely no condemnation on his face, but neither was there sympathy. Considering the fact that his con artist father had not protected him, the young woman's words must have resonated in his heart. But even more, it's amazing he could keep that straight face because as a parent, he had not protected his daughter. Was this dialogue/scene merely coincidence by the writers? I don’t think so.

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I really want Kristina to be RJ but I sincerely doubt it. First of all, RJ is almost certainly a man, remember the episode called Red John's friends where the writing on the wall said 'he is man?' Second of all, why would Kristina reach out to Red John on television if she was Red John. I think its the forensics guy. Bruno Heller was giving us a hint when he said the Tyger poem because of Blake's Partridge thing. Also, as a forensics guy it would make sense that he was in the CBI building to kill Rebeca. But maybe its a bit too obvious. I just hope that Kristina is not going to turn into Jane's love interest. She annoys me soo much and I wanted to punch her when she kissed Jane. He belongs to Lisbon.

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Hey Carol, thanks for validating. We have been hypothesizing the writers meanings in a remarkably limited context there is a need for specific machinations from these characters not whimpy transgressions with a lack of resonnace. This shaw has so many varying degrees of coherency its difficult to see their true value ie when Van Pelt decides to forego her love interest in favor of her career, there was the bitch coming through just as Jane had predicted. We do need to find out how Jane ended up with Lisbon's team and not the marginalized police work he did before his breakdown. By the way, his house in Malibu, what is the deal there? He is several hours away from Sacramento, so why go there for a nap, also the blood on the wall should be brown by now, its been so many years, property master, control your set.

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Actually, it's such a great show that I figured I could just stop posting. (But not quite yet, however.) I do believe others are due respect no matter how 'opinionated' I might feel. Regarding other characters, (1) Cho is lots of fun to watch for his deadpan character. I had to laugh when he said, "I never understood zoos. Why would people go see animals?" Has there been an episode with him and a little child? That would be endearing. (2) And Grace is particularly fun. She's the epitome of her name. She's so sweet and "apparently" gullible. I'd like to see her star in an episode where people are shocked by her true grit. (3) Riley's kind of like "everyman". He's been goofy, relaxed, serious, angry, "in love." Would be nice to see him handed police work where he has to "play a character role" for his job, stretching our concept of him. Actually, he did just a tiny bit of that in one episode. But I WANT MORE! (4) Last, but not least, Lisbon. She's already had more attention in some episodes. I'm intrigued by the cross she wears. She's obviously dedicated to being in charge in "the right way" and manages to hold her own under all kinds of circumstances. The writers should push the envelope even more to test her limits. Go Lisbon! (5) I almost forgot about Hightower. When she was introduced I went "whoa." Something about her scares me because she's so thoroughly in control (no muss, no fuss, no problem) and her challenge to Jane to keep him in line was chilling. Sorry, but I don't want to see more of Hightower, unless she brings in her family and looks less scary.

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I guess crossroads was right. So you'll stop watching next fall since it offends your psychic psyche, bummer! I'm too invested however, so I'll be waiting for the reckoning that is sure to come. Both Heller and Baker have hinted at a more human, ie sexual, side of Patrick, so maybe he'll get back in the dating pool, resolve his conflict and come back to earth as a less conflicted individual, what an invigorating outrage. I still think there will be blood spilled,his, and a renewed zest for breathing.

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Hi Sylvia,
***Honestly, great response. I'll address individual points:
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we are at crossroads here. Psychics are frauds and like to prey on people.
****From my reading of the subject, psychic ability is a genuine fact and scientific studies have not shown anything other than it exists. But I absolutely agree there's too many psychic frauds.
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Jane's wife had asked him to lay off and stop deceiving people ( he waited too long). He did have a nervous breakdown, felt the guilt and the self pity which he now views as fear based rituals which need to be squelched so as not to become a disempowering sense of loss.
***Darn, I missed that show, so I got left out of a whole lot of explanation. Thanks. Would have been helpful for me to have watched it. On the other hand, after reading these groups and seeing people's attitudes, I've decided that rather than "The Mentalist" the show more accurately should have been titled, "Psychic Hater." Jane hates them, many viewers hate Kristina. Wow. I'm not in the same loop at all. I'm absolutely no psychic but I've had psychic incidences in my life to prove to me it's real. My experiences were all precognition, of which one was not just that I had to foresee the future, I had to act upon it "against my judgment" within a 30-second window or I would have been seriously injured or maybe killed. Ergo, such a show and the attitudes of people around it is kind of offensive for me. Think I'd be better served to drop watching it. :-( I remember at one time Jane's wife had asked him to lay off and stop deceiving people ( he waited too long). He did have a nervous breakdown, felt the guilt and the self pity which he now views as fear based rituals which need to be squelched so as not to become a disempowering sense of loss. You can tell by his often being lost in thought how his mind is a blend of meditative detachement and/or locked on soul to soul engagement which now is based on a need for control or it will transcend into fear. This man is far into blackness which he hides in childish behaviour. If I were actually writing fo the show, I would keep the brevity of the charactor with a darker brooding quality just lurking shallowly beneath.

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carol,
we are at crossroads here. Psychics are frauds and like to prey on people. I remember at one time Jane's wife had asked him to lay off and stop deceiving people ( he waited too long). He did have a nervous breakdown, felt the guilt and the self pity which he now views as fear based rituals which need to be squelched so as not to become a disempowering sense of loss. You can tell by his often being lost in thought how his mind is a blend of meditative detachement and/or locked on soul to soul engagement which now is based on a need for control or it will transcend into fear. This man is far into blackness which he hides in childish behaviour. If I were actually writing fo the show, I would keep the brevity of the charactor with a darker brooding quality just lurking shallowly beneath.

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Anybody know when the new season starts?

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Sylvia, MUST correct myself. "Formulating plots all summer? Sounds Divine!"

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Thanks Sylvia, Really liked your comment. Hmm. Formulating plots all summer? Sounds define. **************************************8 Hey Peoples, please forgive me, but here’s my guess: Patrick Jane was born a psychic. He was kind and loving, but well aware that his con artist father would never approve. So in one of their team acts before an audience, he dared to go rogue, telling a girl in the audience about her dead relative. (1) He made certain to provide a logical explanation for his father on how he did it; and (2) in the telling, his face lit up with sheer bliss in remembering that he had made the girl “happy.� Unfortunately, his father was not impressed. He was pissed. But Jane’s father decides to capitalize on the psychic angle and cheat a grandmother out of money through the false hope of helping her dying granddaughter. It was on Jane’s shoulders to confirm the lie and convince the grandmother, which he did. But he suffered and bore the agony of facing that dying girl while he lied to her grandmother. After it was all said and done, Jane’s father mentioned cavalierly, “I used the money for gambling and lost it all.� It’s probably during that scenario that Jane’s heart broke and his psyche split. After that, schooled by his father to be deceitful, conniving and manipulative, he just had to deal with it. He either blanked it out or went into denial regarding any terrible consequences of his actions. That was defensive. So Patrick Jane’s psychic abilities didn’t go away, they just went underground and morphed. Now not only would Jane “know� things, but his abilities added a special layer. His physic abilities made him adept at finding whatever clues necessary to obfuscate and explain away that he was a psychic. There was one scene where Jane excitedly pointed out a framed photograph to Kristina to prove that she had faked her “psychic� information. Kristina was decidedly unimpressed and didn’t bother to deny it. After all, if you’re psychic, that ability itself would help you to ferret out clues or information – which is exactly how Jane operates, that and through touch. There may be a lot of fake psychics, but you need only one white crow to prove that not all crows are black. So, moving on about Jane. Regretfully he obediently lived his life as his father’s son, denying his real self and his naturally caring nature. He managed to deceive both his father and himself. It takes just a little imagination to consider the emotional implications. Patrick Jane walled off empathy. He learned to blank out or be in denial of consequences or repercussions from any nefarious actions. He made certain to always stay in control so that he wouldn’t have to face – himself. Not to say that Jane was never kind or good. That part could never be completely wiped out or denied because it had been “born� in him. Patrick Jane’s wife loved him unconditionally, no matter how many ‘sides’ there were. She must have been an anchor for his drifting, unmoored being. She and his daughter were balm to his soul. When he lost them, he lost everything. Thanks to Red John, the dark side exploded. Because of Jane’s terrible loss, pain, grief, guilt, and raging anger the only focus strong enough to distract him was revenge.

The Mentalist Season 2 Episode 23 Quotes

Tiger tiger burning bright in the forest of the night.

Red John

I hate the internet.

Van Pelt
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