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 agree with Thea, Emmett and Cary.
I think people are being way to critical and unrealistic. You want everyone to meet up right away. When they all went in separate directions after a massive prison massacre! some left the prison sooner then others, few are traveling hurt, or have kids that can slow them down. So to think that they would all just find each other so easily in a zombie apocalypse world where there's nothing but woods and roads for miles is unrealistic. Plus I don't mind them being out and about. Why do they have to find another location to settle down right away. We haven't seem them travel on the road for along time. Then as much walk it. Plus I find it much more intense and riskier with them not being in a safe haven for right now.
I also feel like Emily is probably being drugged. My guess would be by Conrad. I don't think he's being that nice to her for no reason. Maybe he found out she was the one making him think he had huntington's disease. If it's not him, one can only otherwise really suspect Victora. It'll be interesting to see Stevie get under Victoria's skin. I'm not sure how I feel about her being Jack's mother. I mean, you knew it was coming from the second she started talking during their second conversation. I thought it was a good return for the show, but there have been better episodes this season. Can't wait to see what happens with the blackouts though!
Lanie Parish in Castle is another good example. Very underestimated character!
Well, I have to go against you and say that I am not team Aiden. I am team Emily and Jack. I can't stand Margeaux and wish she was gone. Why is she even there? I don't get what he sees in her. It's always been Jack and Emily(Amanda) and always will be!
I think what surprised me the most about this episode is the lack of urgency surrounding Ardiles' murder and the fact that the gang is being surveilled. Jane didn't seem concerned, Lisbon wasn't pressing it...that was confusing to me.
I like Abbott more and more each episode.
Re the gifts - I don't think he hacked their files - Jane can barely use a computer. My theory is that he's talked to people in their past - family members or something - that told them about their childhood.
Please save BABT and The Tomorrow People!!!!!These shows have the potential to continue with their amazing stories and show all the best..please give them a chance!!!
Good luck to whomever kidnapped annoying Beth. I assume it's a Norman Bates-type mortician person who was "cleaning" the mortuary & keeping the bodies there so well dressed. And he sent the zombies in (Daryl opens the door without looking-huh? Smartest guy in the apocalypse would never do that.) to flush Beth out so he could kidnap her. Have fun pal!
Daryl joining up w/the Sons of Anarchy who were at Ricks Place last week was interesting. I think that is setting us up for him to have to make some heroic moves when the SoA find some other "group" members & threaten them. That's what Daryl does best, so I hope it turns out that way.
Glad the Maggie/Bob/Sasha group met up again at the end, that was a rare happy scene on WD.
I too wish they'd move it along and people start meeting up again as there are only 3 episodes left. Anyone else worried Terminus is "Woodbury Part Deux"?
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I agree with everything in your article, especially the predictability of this season, so yes, this episode was particularly disappointing. Plus, what made me love the first season was the character development of especially Moira, Walter, the Felicity/Diggle/Oliver team. This year has not been about character development, but about introducing as many DC characters as possible, and the episodes since December have made the series almost the Lance family drama, Sara show. Personally, I haven't enjoyed the show since Shado died, but there are only a few of us Celina Jade fans who feel strongly that she should have been the one to return alive.
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