the mentalist is my favorite show ever. but since the slapdash resolution of one of the greatest villain stories on tv, this episode was a new low. after a nine week hiatus, here's what they did. they attempted to endear jane to fischer and abbott in a cynical hallmark card way. why didn't the lazy writers just have him give everyone a kitty? i hate the idea of jane being so needy, he has to get a valentine for everyone in the office. then in case you didn't get the point, they had fischer and abbott have a flatfooted conversation about "how far shall we let this man lead us astray?" answer, he shall give us cute toys and find a home deep within our hearts. they established a new and zany vehicle far removed from the sophisticated collector's item he used to drive. they showed jane in wardrobe that took him even further from his original magician/school boy/gentleman outfit and made him look like an over the hill actor out for dinner in denver. they saddled poor lisbon with all the exposition lines that the writer was too lazy to hide in the story (which should be tv writing 101). they had her pursue the ardiles case by sighing at file boxes. they killed jj in hopes it would be dramatic when it just left you wondering who was left that they could kill next. ron? marie, the bear claw lady? in this new mystery, just when you most expect it, the killer strikes. poor jj. an ignominious end to a great character. and his dialogue was infantile. now we're left betting on who they kill or kidnap next, rigsby or van pelt?
without a tragic quest, jane is at loose ends. he was hamlet, now he's the wizard of oz.
what has the show come to when we're voting about whether jane had the smarts to pick just the right toadying gifts for abbott and fischer?
i enjoyed the episode. BUT, in days gone by, whenever this enchanting impossible character made me smile, behind the smile was a destroyed, driven man on a suicide mission. i miss the emotional traction red john provided. it made patrick's surface sunniness so poignant and brave. now, it's hamlet avenged his father and goes on the clean up the mean streets of denmark. who cares about a crime-free denmark? now that jane, over the course of two episodes, has intrigued his way out of the new life or death situation, life in prison or life in the FBI, he's free as a bird holding Abbot by the short and curlies. i'll never not watch the mentalist. i love patrick too much but i feel that they've tugged on the piece of yarn that unravels the sweater. they should have done a better job with red john and kept him going till the bitter end. but since i know i've been outvoted, that they have to serve the public who wanted to move on, i hope they'll come up with something new to give patrick the pathos that made him patrick.
counting jews is a practice most people are uncomfortable with at this stage of human development. one might equally say that they come up with as gentile-sounding names as possible.
i hope it jumps to 15 million. i'd hate to think that we'll be down to our last dozen or so episodes after next week.
hope rj stuff continues to filter in - the woman in the church better show -- we are still owed info on that story.
i liked the episode. it was fun.
but so far, i don't have high hopes for the hook of the show -- a felon will wind up in jail if he doesn't toe the line - been there, done that. but it was enjoyable to see jane in another setting. (was anyone in that town not a gargoyle? the woman in the post office was the hot chick.)
the promo scares me because it felt like jane doing his al pacino in the courtroom scene in blood money. over the top and a little embarrassing.
i'm one of the last red john hold-outs (much more original story) who would have preferred they take it to the end. of course, some answers to why red john would have been nice.
couple of things i noticed. what was that crap that abbott kept rubbing on his hands? did jane's friend morales tell jane that he had something on abbott that jane could use? perhaps film of him doing something illegal? film of him signing the terms document? (probably wouldn't hold up in FBI court). film that framed him for drugs? did the hand stuff have something to do with it? i hope that jane is going to blackmail him. that could give it a more original twist. mutually-assured annihilation.
also, kim looked like a space creature in the scene at the FBI - weird make up and plucked eyebrows. guess they were going for the opposite of beachy nature girl. for a not so nice looking woman, they didn't do her any favors with all the spackle.
finally, could cho have hugged him back or what? jane's voice was so tender when he saw cho. i generally love cho but i wanted to kick him in the butt for that despite his tiny mouth crinkle once he sent jane down the hall.
and please, let jane shave and bring back the three piece suit. wasting away in margaritaville is not the look for the elegant patrick jane. my opinion.
have been enjoying the comments flying back and forth regarding tying up the red john story.
i would have liked more dots to be connected but i guess, like in the blake association, everything was on a "need to know" basis. and heller and co are ultimately right. i don't need to know in order to remain faithful.
would i have liked to know? yes. do i feel a bit hurt at being dismissed by bruno as one of the lunatics on the internet who will want to know the red john details. hell, yeah.
i was fine with it being mcallister. the who wasn't interesting, the why would have been.
when rj offered to answer patrick's questions, bruno used an old writer's trick. he had patrick say no. supposedly this helps the audience over the hump so they don't have any questions either. supposedly.
patrick was correct. no way should he honor the bastard by wanting to know anything about him. but i wouldn't have minded indulging the son of a bitch in exchange for a few choice tidbits.
using the seven previous episodes to tell us more about red john without telling us his identity would have filled the bill.
gosh, that sounds like a lot of work. i wouldn't want to have to be the one to write that. that would be really really hard. wish someone in the writer's room would have tried to write their way out of it. i know they couldn't possibly make all the pieces fit but a few morsels would have made a big difference.
simon and robin were fantastic in the episode. berkeley was great. he's a fine actor. loved the way they wardrobed him. very elegant. gaston is always a pleasure. beautifully written and crafted. dismantling the cbi gave lisbon just the jolt she needed to help jane get his revenge and to show how much of jane she's absorbed. the team lining up to protect jane and therefore keeping their own dignity was a great twist. some wonderful dialogue especially jane to rj when he's throttling him. music, the best. empty cbi office, poignant. my favorite show of all time.
Comment modified at November 27, 2013 03:53
very well reasoned rational gal2. i always wondered whether red john would be someone patrick had considered but rejected for some reason. still think it will be bertram but we'll know soon enough.
couple of things. while i want, once and for all, to find out who rj is, i don't care if the writers pull some switcheroo. i'm more interested in what goes on between the characters in the final rj scene. we'll learn more about who patrick jane is. which is what's carried the series for all these years.
also, jane is an atheist . being one myself, that's ok in my book. Some one else being something else is also peachy with jane. and me.
great scene. in storage room, cho, rigsby and van pelt agreeing to let jane kill red john. that was pretty momentous. is lisbon the hold-out?
also, i loved the shot of cho eyeballing the fbi guy from his relaxed position in his chair.
episode 1. jane is in the restaurant and says to van pelt something like, "that's all there is. lobster and bibs and nautical kitsch and then nothing."
being an atheist is a critical component of jane's character.
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