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The new hairstyle of Jane is awful and the new promo is horribly colored
I loved the emotional tension in this episode. Jane is so determined to find Red John that he will do anything. As he said, he would even ask Lorelei to marry him if it got him Red John. He knows his actions (the sex on top of all his manipulations of the CBI team) are hurtful to Lisbon, but he doesn't care. Or dares not show he cares. That is not good and could lead to tragedy. Robin Tunney is an amazing actor! As good as Simon Baker in how she creates the Lisbon character with all its subtle nuances. She has a great deal of integrity (something Jane can't afford to have if he wants to find Red John) and a determination to be an up-front professional law enforcer. The Jane-Lisbon conflicting world views should play out in interesting ways. Best show on TV bar none!!!
I thought everything of substance had been covered in the preview. Lorelei's disappearance was totally predictable and still disappointing. Lisbon was tense throughout- the combination of the inter-agency feud and Jane's fixation w/Lorelei. I'll buy that Jane is well aware of what he's doing with Lorelei so that makes Lisbon's behavior more skittish- I thought Lisbon's reaction to Cho and Rigsby showed that tension. Oh, I agree, the cop was guilty from the get-go. That was very obvious. And all the lottery clues were obvious as well. Would like to hear more about the Asian guy from Pilot that handed out the check. I never saw the original season.
Amazing episode, met all of my expectations even though we received no Red John information at all. This was without a doubt the strongest season premiere since Pilot and it feels like things are finally about to progress(easy to say when Bruno Heller has already said so too).
A very random thing I noticed...the Asian man at the end of the episode. The one who gives the lottery winner her prize. The same man appeared in a flashback in Pilot; he's the guy who interviewed Jane the night his family was killed. He remains uncredited on both episodes and I'm sure he's of no importance...unless... ;)
I didn't know the cop was the killer until the end. I didn't see the twist About the disapearing of LorAlie either. I loved the episode. The seAson is off to a great start.
To me, Lisbon is treating Jane just like she treated Bosco, her old partner -- always quick to bring him down to earth and suggest he's getting ahead of himself or watch your back or who's playing who? I don't see anything more than cop partner vibes, just like in so many cop-detective novels.
Also, it was obvious something was going to happen to Lorelei right from the beginning -- something always happens to anyone who can provide information of any kind on Red John -- but I couldn't guess what was going to happen (unlike the murder mystery part where it really was obvious that the cop who did it was the murderer right from his first scene (and it's never seemed so blatant to me before).
I loved the interaction between jane and lorelai. However Lisbon's reaction unnerved me. I hope it was genuine concern about Jane being played that put her on edge and not because she has "feelings" for him. Because if they got together, it would mess with his whole drive to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter. The whole Lorelai going missing was a little predictable, as soon as the FBI took her away though. I also agree that the case was boring and not memorable. But I guess that played well with putting the whole Red John thing in the spot light. And is it really realistic that the feds dropped the charges on Jane for killing a seemingly innocent man(who is obviously not Red John),just to cover up a mistake? Still a great premiere. Can't wait for the next episode, especially since I hear Jane's "daughter" will be making an appearance.
As Jennifer said, the tension between Jane and Lisbon was amazing. Mostly because Tunney has stepped up her acting even more (is she even improvising a bit now? It felt especially natural in this episode). The case may have been a kind of lame along with the plot twist just about anyone could see coming, but the acting and chemistry between the main actors saves this episode in my opinion.
Many familiar faces in this episode: Ivan Sergei from Jack and Jill (his is going to be recurring character along), Polly Walker from Rome, and Jerry from Parks and Rec.
I hope Brett Stiles and Kristina Frye make an appearance this season and we get follow up on the favor Stiles owes Jane and on Kristina's condition and if she can help Jane catch Red John.
I'm so glad to have this show back and I love Jane and the team but the writers really need to step it up with the weekly cases, the cases and the stories have been on continuous decline since last season.
Oh and btw, the actress who plays Grace Van Pelt is definitely pregnant, so I doubt that she would get a love interest this season since they'll be concentrating on concealing her pregnancy by taking clever shots.
I agree with Jennifer, Jane was darker in the past, so I'm glad the point where he is. I think the writers have found the perfect balance. Not to be darker series will be better. His connection with Lorelei I found fascinating.
Loved the show cant wait to see where it will take us.lisbon and the boys work so well together as for Jane he is the best i may be old but i'm not dead.Great actor Great looker.
Nice, nice nice review and nice episode. Lorelei and Jane have very good players.
Jennifer, if you don't like dark Jane then I suggest you look away now...I think that's one of the best and most compelling sides to the character and Bruno Heller has already said that will continue at times this season. Obviously I love his fun, care free side as well - but that's all in the face of death and his suffering at the end of the day.
Anyway, this was a fantastic premiere - bring on S5!
Nice review. I loved this episode!!! After last season’s finale I was very nervous about how the writers would develop Jane’s character and was hoping they wouldn’t make him too dark, so I think they did a good job. I’m glad Jane’s all cleaned up and on point. I liked the tension between him and Lisbon. He seems to be genuinely sympathetic to what she’s going through. Tbh I didn’t see the lottery connection coming for the murder of the week, so for me it was a nice surprise. I loved the brawl with the FBI agents and Lisbon flipping out on Cho and Rigsby! I saw the promo for next week’s episode – looks like it’ll be a good one!
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