ukno1stanafan totally agree with you that awm has something for kate,i can't recall where any of his writing makes her out to be foolish,yet when it comes to his writing with rick there seems to be a couple times in a given ep. where he is portrayed as a fool-by chance?
Some random thoughts about this episode, in no particular order:
Jane and Lisbon were out of character. They should have been all over Ardiles’ murder, and should have been in close contact with Rigsby/VanPelt. Also, I don’t believe that Lisbon wouldn’t have gone with Jane when he asked, or that he would have given up so fast. It was an awkwardly written plot device to set up Jane leaving Fischer in the next scene.
I don’t like when a plot is initiated by something so mind-bogglingly stupid that no sane person would have done it. As someone else pointed out(Americ, maybe?), what did that lady think would happen when she went to bring back a fugitive alone and unarmed?
On the same lines, how many dark warehouses are there in SanFrancisco, because Rigsby needs one for next week. At the rate he’s going, people are going to think that Rigsby is the killer. Two warehouses, two dead people. I love J.J. and Rigsby, but really-you’ve got a warrant. Get some backup!
The scene with Lisbon, Abbott and Fischer(and the power ranger) was very funny, and the only scene I really enjoyed.
Where the heck is Lisbon's present?
The writers seem to be dividing the season into episodes to address different audience factions. There was the Red John arc for the who is Red John fans, and they were livid at the way that ended. There are the Jane/Lisbon fans, who are beyond unhappy now. Finally, there are fans that just enjoy a good procedural, but so many stories this season have had such huge holes, I don’t think they’re happy either. Is Heller deliberately trying to offend every fan of this show? Trying to get out of your contract by driving the show into cancellation, Bruno?
When I find myself thinking about what the writer was thinking while I’m watching TV instead of being caught up in the story, there is a problem. When the best thing I have to say is, “Well, at least it’s a new episode” there is a problem.
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I think they need another major sinister arc, but it will take time to set that up. They creators are hampered by lack of time in this series, possible lack of certainty (renewal??) and by the restrictions set that they cannot have an ongoing plot, it has to be weekly stuff.
I feel sorry for them, I think they are fighting very hard to keep the series running, but with appalling restrictions, plus they have had to fight the sort of scheduling even the most rubbish of shows should not be stuck with, they are left with very little to freely work with. I feel sad for them their show is being so damaged by external issues.
Yes, this running around at night in abandoned buildings with a near-useless little flashlight is bordering on farce. Red John caught Lisbon doing that and now we have Rigsby doing it twice in a row. It's happened in earlier seasons. And there is never any backup and there is never a working light system.
I've never felt that the procedural element has been The Mentalist's strong suit -- outside of "The Red Tattoo" I can't think of a remotely memorable mystery this season -- and "Black Helicopters" is characteristically ho-hum.
I think the problem with removing Red John from the equation is that he was really the only figure in the show who had the power to genuinely unnerve Jane and get under his skin.
With that complicating layer gone, we've largely seen Jane -- and, arguably, Simon Baker -- coasting. Aside from having the occasional gun turned on him, his mentalist superpowers render him invincible. He gets the better of everybody every single time -- something not even the BBC Sherlock can claim.
I still get the occasional chuckle out of Jane's antics, but I think it's worth asking whether The Mentalist still has the power to surprise us anymore.
I wholeheartedly agree. I am even finding it increasingly difficult to chuckle at his antics. Even a good joke gets stale after you've heard it a hundred times.
i am liking it so far. yes i thought the father is bad guy kind still do it might change as we see more
I love the Kardashian!!!!! They are so beautiful and the girls are so grown up time for mom to let go!! Ok but keep up the good work
I also loved that Jane got to use his Spanish, "malissimo" though it is, from his island sojourn. And as usual the show did not pick up on the Ardiles murder and go into action as one would expect. They have never done that - always left a significant plot hanging and acting like it was not worth mentioning in the subsequent episode. But this is fiction, so what happens is whatever the writers want to happen whether it makes sense or not. No shows on TV really make sense. You always have to suspend disbelief. No one is ever as good a mentalist as Jane, nor could be. It's impossible. But on TV, yes, Jane can tell from looking at someone what gift they really want. Enjoy it! We don't get to do or see this stuff in real life. TV is here to take us to more interesting places. Even if they don't make sense.
I would argue that TV can be more interesting when one's disbelief doesn't have to be so scrupulously surrendered. It's too easy to excuse poor writing this way.
Maybe I'm not fussy (or my tastes are different) but I liked this episode a lot. I watched as a non-fanatic viewer would and found it immensely entertaining. I also watched as a fanatic and noticed:
1. Jane invited Lisbon to come with him in the Airstream and she turned him down flat. Didn't like it. (She also never liked his Citroen; called it a "contraption.") So Jane said, "Fischer it is then" and rolled his eyes like he might as well put up with Kim.
2. Jane was in full manipulation mode, getting into everyone's mind with those gifts. He is mainly doing this to psyche out Kim. He watched with great satisfaction as she played with that fairy wand. He was close to figuring her out!
3. Why was Lisbon shown mostly behind things. Is Robin pregnant? Is the need to hide that why she wouldn't go in the Airstream? One shot from the front was too shadowed to see a bump if there was one.
4. Loved the Airstream. Doesn't make sense for long distance travel due to gas prices but no matter. On TM everything is just a short drive away.
5. The episode looked like it was trying to appeal to as many demographic groups as possible. Big action scene to open, lots of clever humor, even the Airstream for the old baby boomers.
6. Why do we assume JJ is dead? Why can't he be just wounded?
Le Roache's body went limp, it was a shot gun blast to the chest. If he is alive after that, the next guest star will be Daffy Duck!
I have read in the past that some really fat guy survived a shooting that would have killed most people, as the fat acted as sort of a flak jacket and slowed the rounds down, so by the time they hit his organs/vital areas they did less damage than they would normally have done.
People anyway do survive some shotgun blasts, it depends how close they are to the gun (I did not see this episode yet) as shotgun pellets loose their efficiency over a distance, much faster than those from a handgun or rifle.
I am tired of them killing off everything from the series past, so I hope he 'survives'.
Thank you, rationalgal2. It's nice to see a comment from someone who is just enjoying the show in it's new direction. I know I've liked it a lot better since RJ was killed off. In fact, I'm tolerating the whole CBI being hunted story but think the show would be better if Rigsby and Van Pelt were living a happy life off camera and we can finally really move on.
As for Robin being pregnant, that has been bantered about for nearly 5 months. If the discussion of her "showing" has been going on that long then she should be big as a house by now. I did notice one of the episodes she had a not-so-flat stomach (3 months ago) so maybe her vanity is at play. A kind of "please don't shoot me in any way that shows my weight gain."
Blake on CM
THE MOTHER from How I Met Your Mother. Geez - way to underutilize a fantastic actress and potentially excellent character.
Winston from New Girl. They just don't know what to do with him.
Totally agree with Thea Queen and Alana Bloom. Though I think Alana's going to have a bigger role this season.
disagree about the mother that what this whole season has been about
This is critically insane, and analytically confused. What just happened?
Lanie Parish!!! I have never seen a more under-utilised best friend!! Even Pi got more screen time than Lanie has ever got for six years. There is no girl talk, no girl anything!!!
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