No matter how this ends, this will always be a series I will love. This was a very hard, hard write. They had the courage to present some very taboo subjects and they did it in a unoffensive manner. I will always love the multifaceted layers of the presentation. No ones perfect. Well....., l might be! But we're not talking about me now, are we?
We have had huge, huge discussions about Jane's personality. Inside of his revenge for Red John, Jane was daunting, but he was also suicidal. Outside of his revenge and the con, he acted like a childish loner of victimization. Jane clearly shows a lack of self esteem. Case in point, when Jane told Crystal he knew it was her because she wanted to date him. Her reply was, you under estimate yourself. Jane replied, not this time. We also saw his behavior with Lisbon. All the indications of very low self-esteem. Jane's behavior is so strange at times, I've often wondered if he wasn't undercover.
@Entwife and Rationalgal, I have said throughout the series that Jane acts like a victim. He does not have a personal defense mechanism. When I saw this scene, my first reaction was anger. In this scene we have Jane one on one with a man who did not have a weapon. So we don't have the a life threatening event occurring. We have a man who was going to punch Jane. These two even looked about the same size. Instead of Jane defending himself, he balls up and acts like a child who is about to be beaten. After watching it a few times, Icould only come to one rational conclusion about what I saw. That Jane was a victim of severe physical abuse as a child and has never recovered from it. This scene could have been worked out many different ways but it wasn't. This scene was very overt and meant to be noticed. Throughout the series Jane has never lifted a hand to defend himself. those scenes were subtle for most people but I was very aware of this facet of his personality. Whatever the writers are doing they are clearly showing us that this has crippled Jane and is being kept inside as a deep dark secret. So why beef up this hidden side now? Is this a play on the emotions of the viewers or are they planning to go somewhere with it. This side of Jane behavior has been a slow hiss from the beginning. Also like the fact that and to our knowledge, Jane has not had contact with his family in over ten years. In order to make this relationship with Jane and Lisbon plausible without going into absurdity, the writers of this series have to address Jane's family and Jane. There are some other things they need to address but I'll take this as a last resort. I also found Jane's envy of Lisbon growing up in a house as a youth a little convoluted since he did live in a beautiful home with a beach house. So, do you think we will ever find out the mystery of Jane?
Ditto, also Jane shows all the signs of being physically abused. The way Jane acted in that bedroom was a clear sign of it. He has always shown signs of it to me. Aside from chasing RED JOHN down, he has always acted this way. He never fights back, when clearly he could. He just gets beat up. Classic signs of physical abuse.
Excellent write Christine. I thought this was a very fancy episode. They put some money into this one. I especially liked Jane's confidence, Jane stood up to Peterson in a way he has never done before. There was power and might behind his conviction. It appeared as if Jane finally realized he is legitimate and a real part of the team. I hope they offer Jane a chance at becoming an agent. Even if he turns it down. Jane and Lisbon felt really cozy. In Gray bar hotel Lisbon said she didn't know if her boyfriend would stick around and that scared her. I think the teacup earn her a walk down the isle! How could Jane let her go now! I loved this episode, to date, its my favorite.
Great comments. I knew that was coming with Jane and Abbott.
And again Rationalgal, you saw what I saw in the scenarios.
I think you are probably right about Jane's freedom because Lisbon did said that all his demands were met. But I think he did agree to give them five years. I think Jane is going to get Abbott out of his mess for his wife and Abbott will just drop the matter. Abbott has the power to do that anyway.
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