The Mentalist Review: The Red List

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No, "Black Cherry" was not specifically a Red John-centered story, yet Jane's obsession with finding the vicious serial killer was never far from his thoughts.

It's all in the research; and Jane is jotting down every person he's shaken hands with since arriving at the CBI. There were lots of intriguing names on that list. Some I've all but forgotten and others that caught my attention.

Lisbon Searches For a Killer

Virgil Minelli was my pick for Red John during the first season of the show. Gregory Itzin could certainly pull off the transition from lovable former CBI Director to diabolical serial murderer.  I really wouldn't mind seeing that one come to fruition.

Walter Mashburn, rich playboy and Lisbon's former lover, was also an interesting choice. Currie Graham was another of my favorite guest stars and I wouldn't mind seeing him return in any capacity, but having him turn up as Red John would be a real twist.

Of course, there's always Bret Stiles - and wouldn't that be something, especially since he helped Jane spring Lorelei out of prison just to find Red John?

Those are my three favorites but I could go on and on about the list. Most of you likely could could because for as many fans who complain that the Red John story has run its course, there are many more who can't stop theorizing about the identity of the evil psychopath who is as obsessed with Patrick Jane as Jane is with him.

It's the dark and twisted subplot that gives the show an undeniable depth.

And tonight it also gave me one of my favorite moments between Jane and Lisbon, as the latter asked if she was on Jane's list of possible subjects. Jane responded in this The Mentalist quote:

 She said it's a wonder Red John and I didn't become friends. Now what we have, I consider a friendship. So my friend, you are free and clear. | permalink

It isn't often that Jane acknowledges his friendships. It was nice to hear him say it out loud to Lisbon. Of course, it wasn't long before the moment was over and she wanted to strangle him once again.

The murder of the week was just okay. Not really anything special. I knew it was someone at the real estate agency but I honestly didn't much care who. However, that they bludgeoned a man to death as a team sport was a rather sickening twist.

I was a little surprised that Jane pushed so hard for Lisbon to drop the charges against Julianna, but Jane always feels a kinship towards children and he definitely formed a bond with Noah.

I was even more surprised that Lisbon veered from the law and order route and pushed to let Julianna go. Pulling Sarah into it made some sense but it did seem a little odd to bring her character back. We haven't seen her in months and I'm not seeing what purpose the character serves if she and Rigsby are no longer together. Any ADA could have played the same role here.

Cho couldn't wait to dive into the new rapid deployment team. His eyes lit up when he saw the new weapons. He'll fit in well there with his background and I see a new love interest for him on the horizon.

Jane was definitely in a more playful mood this week. Having a new lead on Red John has given him hope. But is it a tangible lead or just another wild goose chase? Will we ever meet the real Red John?


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Continued- It looks like Red John wants a one ruling source or he believes in one source ruling over the people w/ one belief system. Red John does not believe in democracy. He is the Napoleon of crime. He is a Moriarty type. His is inside the govenment and connected to Bret Stiles who was very good friends w/ a president. They half to be in the White House! Hence Homeland Security!


Continued-Red John belives the two are the same or nonexsistent. He also believes that what supposely good people do is evil and how dare they judge him when they don't know the difference themselves. Red John's point here is that good pople can do good and cause evil and evil people can do evil and cause good. Also that it doesn't matter how you get there good or bad because it won't make a difference. Which means he has to have a survival of the fittest mentality. You were right Rationalgal, Red John or whoever he works for wants to change people's way of life and what they believe.


Continued- How could heaven be for good people and hell be for evil people if a completely good source created both places. Also that if the source that created the evil that man uses does not send itself to hell, it won't send man to hell either or the source is flawed. Then if man did not create himself and the source being the completely good source put good and evil in man and controls man; how could man therefore be resonsible for anything he does. How could the source which created both choose between the two without looking flawed.


Continued-Then it would conclude that the source that created it could not punish because it being a good source created evil in the first place. It assumes that a all knowing source would not condradict itself. If it does, it could not be an all knowing source as not to see the contradiction in the first place. It poses the question of how could this same source punish man for his evil and not punish itself for creating it. It the source punishes man and not itself the source is flawed and not an all knowing source. Since the source cannot do that without being flawed then the source had something else in mind when it was created good and evil which involves enlightenment.


Soooo.... The poem questions good and evil. It questions how the same source could create both good and evil. It also questions how a good source could even create evil if it is completely good. It points out that if a good source can create evil then that source is also evil. Then it presupposes that if evil came from a good source, then evil is good. It then would have to assume that if good created evil that evil is good and good is evil. This would then cancel out good and evil and reduce them to nothing.


Rationalgal, How wise you are! I read that poem over and over. What! What! does this mean! What enlightenment could Red John get from this. I got what the poem meant but was falling short of the enlightenment part until I re-read your paragraph. I believe we have gotten into Red's head and now we need to sling the door wide open! Here is my part to this thing. It's way to early for this!


Hi everyone
Well I am "The Mentalist"'s big fan. I didn't have time to read all the treads so if my question was asked and answered before, please don't yell at me! I am confused. in the second episode of this season, from what I understood Red John's assosiate ran away and in the third episode Jane was looking for how she ran away. Then, again, they show Jane engineering a plan to get her out and he succeeds... Please, which part I didn't understand well? Explain, please. Thanks


The poem seems to be about the conflict between good and evil, but questions how we can differentiate them when they come from the same source. People who do evil things always they they are doing good. People used to burn other people at the stake and think how wonderful it was that they were saving the victims' souls. I see something like this is RJ and his minions killing people and reveling in the idea that they are part of a bigger picture and know what it means to be enlightened and similar claptrap. Jane stands opposed to this. Is this a contest to break down that opposition. Crazy fanatics always think everyone else has to think just as they do. (And yes, I think we can assume RJ has been disguising his voice. Otherwise, Jane would know who he is.


Here's the Tiger Tiger poem
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies 5
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire? And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 10
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp 15
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee? 20 Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


Okay. I get it. The red-haired guard on Jane's list is a red hairing! Good one, writers!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Well, you have a very smart gut.


Jane: You were talking in your sleep.
Lisbon: I was?
Jane: And drooling a little.