This was seriously amongst THE BEST Mentalist episodes ever aired so far.
Perfect , angsty and sad exploration of Patrick Jane and what the loss of his family means to him. There's something horribly depressing at watching him imagine/hallucinate the daughter whose life was taken from him. And at the same time the show manages to present it quite comically.
Seriously depressing episode and easily amongst the best.
Oh double standards, how I love thee, I guess this was worse than half of Gossip Girl kitsch then, I take it?
Anyway, for me it was pretty much perfect episode for purely the reason that Emily for once did not exactly get what she wants - her plans were turned around and she did not achieve a rift between Victoria and Charlotte. I doubt she will stop trying though.
the only small annoyance in the episode was that Emily had to be saved from white-haired man. I would rather preferred her to defend herself, but I guess writers for some reason want to keep her free from murdering someone. Oh well, and that still is not enough for this brilliant episode to go down to 3.5, because brilliant episode was brilliant.
They all abused power because they could.
And Regina, someone who was abused and controlled her entire life suddenly had the power to break free from that, to do whatever she wants...and that kind of temptation, magic or not, is what Rumple banked on.
Its not about right.
Its not about wrong.
Its about power.
Gods, I can't wait to see where this journey takes Regina.
And I do not think that its just magic addiction or stuff like that. Its about power. We have seen magicians and kings abuse their power in this show(and I have no doubt that its a huge influence from Jane Espenson who had similar ideas in Buffy).
As the saying goes absolute power corrupts absolutely and the prospect of having "magic" - shaping the world to your liking is what is addictive. But in a way its no different from Gold's wealth and influence in S1, August's "freedom" in "real world" or King George's reign in FTL flashbacks.
The whole episode is exactly that - exploration of from where Regina came and where she is going. In some ways of course it parallels Rumple's own journey of redemption, although Regina seems to try to put way more effort into it right now.
What can I say, yet another great episode that put tears in my eyes and the show continues to be amongst the best that there can be.
Oh, Regina, my heart breaks for you.
Here we have a character, who was pushed around her entire life in desperation, having lost pretty much everything she cared about(which pretty much looked the same as what Snow was doing in "Heart of Darkness") and here she is trying to change, to be the old her for her son and, for the first time since long, she is actually opening up to all those emotions, not putting up those walls or "Evil Queen" persona as a psychological defenses.
And after all theses years, she is finally trying to escape what her mother did to her.And its beautiful and makes her character thousand times more fascinating and relatable.
Anyway, what I DO love is that Grimm continues to carry a right message of women being able to defend themselves and being capable and resourceful. Kudos for the rapist dying a gruesome death too. In the times when half the shows on tv have meek weak type of female characters who are not allowed by writers to do anything, but look pretty, the approach that Grimm uses for their female characters is refreshing and welcome.
Juliette and Nick - yet again, awesome. I love that the show continues to build their relationship while many of others shows would have just used amnesia as a way to get the actress of the show. Its fascinating and touching and its VERY easy to root for those two crazy kids to get back together.
Hank? Awesome, yet again. The actor plays the whole situation REAL WELL. You can see his conflicting feelings over the whole cop thing, you see just enough of confusion over the whole impossibility of current situation and you see just enough wonder of him being utterly fascinated by all this weirdness. And at the same time you can still strongly see the trust Nick and he share as partners. I got to say that Hank was not that interesting previous season, but in this season he really REALLY shines.
Rosalee and Monroe geeking out about clocks and zither players? YES YES YES.
If we ignore the horrible wooden acting from Alice Evans(gods why is she still getting acting jobs, especially after the trainwreck that was her role in TVD), this episode was BRILLIANT.
I am sad that Angelina died. She show managed to make an otherwise quite unlikeable character last season into a very likeable and interesting addition AND managed to make me care for her death. And that howl of Monroe's...oh gods, this is so depressing and awesome at the same time.
And that's actually nothing new - Hayley's character idea has been known since casting sides hit the net. Still absolutely NOTHING interesting about her, considering she is obviously here for the sake of getting in the way of forwood and will no doubt be just as personalityless and boring as last couple of dozen of guest stars.
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