Rationalgal2

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The Mentalist Review: It's About Time

OK I mean Roadrunner. Sorry.

Rationalgal2
The Mentalist Review: It's About Time

Well, Roadmaster, the DVD S6 extras are just the review of what happened plus some unaired scenes, which I haven't looked at yet. The clearest thing I got from it was that we will not hear of Red John again and Lisbon will be key to Jane's full return to whatever is normal for him. That would be simply without the angst because he always was basically a con artist, only now a happy and reasonably ethical crime-fighting one. However, I keep wondering why TM was so eager to get another season - and just half of one at that. I suspect they want to do something they're not telling us about. There is no real need for S7. Loose threads to tie up? Ha! TM is so full of loose threads the writers set up to fit whoever Red John might be that it would take a couple of seasons to deal with them. They left the RJ full-tapestry setup hanging and frayed so why worry about tying up the remnants of the Jane-Abbott lists or Jane's indentured servitude? I'm wondering if S7 is planned as a kind of pilot for a new TM series, possibly based on the partnership exploits of Jane and Lisbon as a crime fighting couple, mostly funny I would think. Maybe on the order of the short-lived "The Good Guys" that featured two cops, one totally off the rails and the other trying to follow the rules. Only ran one season at most but I loved it. It starred Colin Hanks (son of Tom Hanks) and Bradley Whitford (T.Carter of TM). Whitford was the good-old-boy-Texan clown of the pair. Hilarious! Never saw a law enforcement rule he could respect, but always got the bad guy. Somehow.

Rationalgal2
The Mentalist Review: It's About Time

Oh, my avatar came back! I might as well post something hoping that will help it stay there. What amazes me is how all through the series we thought we were getting clues to the ID of Red John, playing "Where's Waldo" with the shifting array of suspects, and assuming the writers had a real character in mind. Now we know they didn't. They even had to use Simon's voice for RJ because they didn't know who RJ would be. Then they got the cancellation jitters at the end of S5 plus signs that the fans were fed up with RJ and starting to bolt the show. So they quickly came up with a list of seven, picking McCallister out of the plot leavings from S1 as someone they could call RJ and be done with it quickly to allow for aftermath stories beginning half way through S6. What is really amazing is how, despite this sausage-making style of story telling, they produced a show that really does hang together, with a meaningful depth to it. I'm inclined to give much of the credit to Simon Baker for creating a character that could bring out all that coherency and depth when none seemed to be intended. I think Simon intended it and that's why it happened.

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