I am writing this a few weeks after season 4 has premiered, so I hope I am not spoiling anything for anyone, do not read on if you have not seen season 4 episode 1â€¦
where to begin, where to begin... listen, I really like the mentalist, the character of jane is amazing, his ripping people to shreds episode after episode has been one of my favourite (CDN spelling) guilty pleasures on TV, but TV it still is, and silly US television "pablum" it still is... look TV can be great, stunning, The Wire, Breaking Bad, but the mentalist is a fun, interesting good show, it is not great...
how to know it is silly US television "pablum", well just look at the silly "pablum" comments by the people responding on this site... man, it has been some hilarious reading...
"Great season finale -- sitting down and finishing his tea after killing his Moriarty!"
"This was the best season finale ever. So many plot twists. I actually clapped at the end when Patrick fired the gun because it was so unexpected. The monster was dead."
"Come on people! The show will go on without Red John. There is no reason not be believe it was him."
"I can't believe that there are so many people who refuse to accept the fact that Jane killed Red John! Talk about denial! The man was so obviusly (sic) RJ with his knowledge, intelligence, attitude and demeanor."
first off, the RJ arc, not "ark" as one person wrote, hahahahaha, is "the" thing which sets the mentalist a bit above silly US television "pablum"... RJ is the mentalist... so, please, give me a break, there was no way that he is going to be killed in season 3 if there is a season 4...
secondly, three seasons, approximately 72 episodes, 72 hours of TV and the series creator, writers and producers end the RJ arc with 3 minutes at the end of the episode??? really??? give me a break... please, the mentalist is not the best show in the history of TV, but come on, give the series creator, writers and producers a little more credit than thisâ€¦ I expect the ending for RJ will be seen over something like 2-3 episodes, not 2-3 minutesâ€¦
I have to agree with comments by "FCBarca" and "Chief Inspector"... comments like "I can't believe some of these people that posted here are mentalist fans . How the hell can you be pleased with that ending ?"
the season 3 finale was beyond bizarre if you believe that jane killed RJ... and it was also bizarre is you think he killed someone who was not RJ...
firstly, the jane killed RJ problem (if you believe that jane killed RJ) ... think of all the 100s of mystery/crime movies, TV shows, books, where the good guy is chasing the killer... is this the way mystery/crime movies, TV shows, books, end, with the killer walking up and sitting one table over??? is this the way you wrap up 72 hours, with the killer revealing himself??? give me a break... how did jane "catch" RJ if you believe this scenario??? what crime solving, mystery cracking, super-sleuthing did jane use to crack the RJ mystery, the method was that RJ came and sat beside him in a shopping mall??? when jane does catch RJ, he will have figured out dozens of clues, cracked dozens of mysteries, tracked him down, manipulated him, outfoxed him... I guess it would have been a better ending to "Silence of the Lambs" if Buffalo Bill had come and sat down beside Clarice in some shopping mall at the end of the movie... arrrrrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh
secondly, the jane killed RJ problem (if you believe that jane killed RJ) ... someone on the site commented "anybody wonder how RJ knew jane would be at the food court?"... for me, that is not the problem... the HUGE problem is, how jane knew RJ would be at the food court?... and by this I mean, why did jane have a gun??? someone on the site commented "They clearly showed Patrick with his right hand in his pocket through the entire conversation with Red John. Patrick had always maintained that he would be killing him, and no one could stop him." what??? I mean, over 72 hours of TV, has jane ever (please correct me if I am wrong) carried a gun before??? the last 5 minutes of season 3, the killer comes and sits one table beside him, and jane is carrying a gun for the first time in 72 hours of TVâ€¦ give me a breakâ€¦ so if you believe that jane killed RJ, you believe that he took a gun to the mall to kill RJ??? because he knew that RJ would come and sit one table away from him in a shopping mall??? maybe jane really is a psychicâ€¦ hahahaahahahha
next, the jane killed someone else problem (if you believe that jane killed someone else)â€¦ someone on the site commented "I DO think it was Red John that Jane killed. Because Jane is not a violent man, he doesn't like guns or shooting people - unless its Red John. If this weren't Red John, that would mean that he shot someone wrongfully. And then when Jane finally did catch RJ, his killing wouldn't be as meaningful. Plus Jane thought it was Red John - and he's never wrong." well, I am writing this a few weeks after season 4 has premiered, so I hope I am not spoiling anything for anyone, do not read on if you have not seen season 4 episode 1, cause as we now know, jane did not kill RJ, he killed someone elseâ€¦ I won't say that jane killed an "innocent" man, cause the series creator, writers and producers took care of this little problem by having jane kill a "guilty" manâ€¦ geez, how cheesy is thisâ€¦ don't think the mentalist is silly US television "pablum", just look at the way they solved this little problemâ€¦ did RJ get jane to kill an innocent man and beat him, nooooooo, jane killed a vicious child-murdering, child-molesting freak: jane wins againâ€¦ yeahhhhhhhhâ€¦
also, the jane killed someone else problem (if you believe that jane killed someone else)â€¦ are there any repercussions for jane shooting an unarmed man with no cell phone (a RJ operative took them away???)â€¦ not for the series creator, writers and producers of the mentalistâ€¦ they wrap this up with 2 minutes at the end of episode 1â€¦ no worriesâ€¦ jane gets up and gives a 60 second speech and admits that he killed someone and it wasn't self-defense and the jury acquits him 60 seconds later and all is back to normal by episode 2â€¦ wowwwwwwwwwwwwwâ€¦ at least for the TV show House, House did go to jail, and he has an ankle-monitor, and he lost his staff and lost half of his office spaceâ€¦ the way the jane shooting was handled, this has got to be one of the biggest whitewashes in the history of silly US television "pablum"â€¦ gotta love the mentalistâ€¦ how good is this show that after all this, I still can't wait to see jane continue his obsessive hunt for RJâ€¦ ïŠ
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