YES! A monomyth! Of course! Jane is not - very definitely not - a typical hero but he has been on a perilous journey seeking some kind of redemption. In his case, it's to be relieved of the regrets, pain and sorrow of his past. It takes a re-watching of all the episodes to see and appreciate the depth of this series as it plays out, knowing what the end will be (so far - the writers may have a surprise or two for us). We have only seen one end of Jane's journey - the achievement of his revenge goal. S7 should give us the coming-home part and show the direction Jane's life will take from now on. We may have seen a hint in how he helped that memory-impaired veteran in Red, White and Blue. A good way to make up for how he had once used his skills to exploit people. And I do hope the writers fix the cobbled up Red John ending. They did that in a hurry lest the show be canceled out from under them, which is understandable. But now they have S7 and the opportunity to bring some credibility to that part of the story. Let's hope so.
Yes, this is certainly the doldrums. No news, no spoiler alerts. However, the DVDs for S6 will be out the end of September. Good chance to review the entire series so we are primed to analyze whatever they do with S7. We were promised a shocker at one time. It probably wouldn't be my idea of a perfect shocker though. I plan to start watching the DVDs binge fashion, one disk at a time every day I have the time. Knowing how it all turned out up to now should make for interesting speculations about what S7 might be like. I suppose we could guess what the shocker (if any) would be. And of course we would all be wrong.
Still more about Erica. The "Erica" episodes seemed aimed at illuminating Jane's emotional status re relationships. In the dating video he did he described his ideal woman - his dead wife, but it also described Lisbon. An important statement (as it seemed to me) was his answer to the question about what he most wanted. He said "to escape my past." It looks to me like the plot objective for the S6 finale and the upcoming Erica reprise may be to show that Jane has finally escaped his past. He gets together with Lisbon, shedding his fears and self-hatred, and overcomes his vulnerability to the manipulative Erica by manipulating her right back into prison. Simon wants to show different aspects of Jane's character and having him emotionally freed up and feeling he has escaped his past and rectified as many mistakes as he realistically could should do it. "Blue skies" may start a 3-episode arc for this: "Blue skies smiling at me/ Nothing but blue skies do I see./Never saw the sun shining so bright/Never saw things going so right./ Noticing the days hurrying by/ When you're in love, my how they fly." Maybe Graybar Hotel will introduce a setback for dramatic purposes, but I'd expect Orange Blossom Ice Cream to wrap up Jane's "escape my past" goal. It would be enjoyable to watch. But of course the writers my have something entirely different in mind. Regardless, I think Jane will put Erica back in prison.
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