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The Mentalist Review: More Than One?

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Drones and explosions took a back seat to Red John's antics in "Black-Winged Redbird," as we were left to contemplate how many of the final seven are involved with the evil mastermind. Or could Red John be more than just one man?

Wasn't Director Bertram oddly calm when he found out that Partridge was dead and Lisbon was down? He barely reacted to the news. Was that because he already knew or was it just because Bertram's an odd individual?

Keeping Jane Off Center

Remember last week when Jane said he wasn't freaking out? I'd say he's definitely freaked out now. The way he begged the crowd of law enforcement officers for a bottle of water showed his sense of panic better than anything else could have. Then he gently set about removing Red John's handiwork from Teresa's face. It was as though he couldn't rest until he got that maniac's mark off of her. 

Jane truly seemed lost to Red John's motives in letting Lisbon go. Was he being playful, ran out of time or simply meant to kill her but got interrupted? Patrick Jane was left with far more questions than answers. 

I really loved Lisbon's nightmare. It was very telling. Her fear was losing the people closest to her to the serial killer. And was it just a coincidence that Haffner killed her in the dream and then visited her in the hospital? When he told her that one of these day they'd have more time, was that an aside to Red John not having the time to finish the job he started?

Also, who is Carmen Lee? That's the person the nurse was looking for when she mistakenly walked into Teresa's room…but any fan of The Mentalist knows that clues pop up at odd times. So what piece of the puzzle is Carmen Lee?

When Sophie Miller didn't pick up her phone I knew she was dead…which is a shame. I kind of liked Sophie and her connection to Patrick's past. The moment I noticed that sticky note on the fridge I knew what Jane was going to find. But what was the message in decapitating her? Red John's methods appear to be changing as Jane and Lisbon get closer to finding him. 

I've said almost nothing about the suicide by drone story line and it's not that I didn't enjoy it. It was an interesting twist but it was all secondary to the hunt for a serial killer who knows so much that Lisbon wonders if he could actually be psychic.

Is that because he's more than one man? We've always known that Red John has his minions but could it be possible for multiple people to form the legend of Red John? Could it be their shared knowledge and access is what make this killer seem almost omnipotent?

The discussion between Director Bertram, Sheriff McAllister, and Reed Smith was certainly curious. When Reed asked Bertram how much does Jane know…what was he referring to? Is it another red herring to throw us off or an insight into the identity of the legendary mad man?

So many questions…so few answers but there's no question that The Mentalist season 6 is the most intriguing yet.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Jane is on roof top-that's what I think it is?looks a little slippery there,and the sheriff appears...maybe he wants to test if the sheriff is afraid of heights,....

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interesting, I've seen the trailer on CTV and it looks intense, different than the other promo.Jane asks the sheriff: What do you hunt? he replies: 'Anything with a face'.Plus looks like Jane got himself in trouble...looks good.

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ahah ani you make me laugh!

Katempw

@ani you are on a roll!

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R. Harker might be seeing the light soon!

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I think we can all see what he has coming, he should have stopped while he was ahead!

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If my guy Bret Stiles is Red John, l hope he has VISUALIZED his own immortality...........!

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Lisbon tried to trick Red John, while he wasn't mad enough to kill her, he did see red when he looked at her! :)

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Tyger, tyger burning bright and all that!

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Todd Johnson was having a lot of fun until he tried to tell Red John's secrets and that made Red John flaming mad! :)

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

Lisbon: You were right about the phone traces. Red John hooked me like a fish.
Jane: Well, at least he threw you back.

He took Partridge's blood, put it on your face, made his mark.

Jane
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