If You Missed “The Mentalist,” You Might Give it a Second Look

By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

I hope you got a chance to see Casey’s Geek Guide for the Fall TV Season.  On it she lists some of the new shows that should be real winners for the geek crowd.  After finally catching up with all the pilots, one show stood out for me that sadly didn’t make the list.  Let’s make up for some lost time!

Red John Behind Patrick JaneThe Mentalist is one of the least hyped shows of the Fall.  Aside from commercials that reminded me of The Dead Zone, the pilot received almost no attention.  At first glance it looked like a rehash of an old idea (the hyper-observant detective) that might fall somewhere between Monk and Psych.  When I was planning my “premier week” watching schedule, I didn’t even add The Mentalist to my list.  In fact, I only remembered it after its pilot had already aired, forcing me to find it on the internet.  After viewing it last night, I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

The premise of the show is that a one-time psychic uses his powers of observation and manipulation to solve intricate mysteries.  If you ever saw Crossing Over with John Edward, the protagonist, Patrick Jane, was pretty much that guy until a tragedy occurred in his family.  After that, he quit his career as a cold reading con-man and began helping the California Bureau of Investigation with their major cases.  To say much more about Patrick Jane would give away much of the plot, but let’s just say that it’s certainly no clone of Monk and it’s a far darker story than Psych.  In fact, the last scene of the pilot is very dark and really ties together the whole episode.  Consequently I’m hooked for the rest of the season.

I was completely prepared for this show to be either terrible and over-the-top or dry and boring as paste.  It turns out I was completely mistaken.  If you saw the pilot, share your expert opinion in the comments!

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12 Responses to If You Missed “The Mentalist,” You Might Give it a Second Look

  1. I missed the airing of it and had to get it online as well. I agree that it was very under publicized (I think I only saw one preview for it, though watching shows without commercials might have been to blame for that.)

    It had many little places that made me laugh during it. Also, like you said, the ending scene is quite dark and I was not expecting it. It very plainly shows what Patrick's motivations are (or, strongly reinforces your beliefs in what he wants, because it reveals that fact much earlier.)

    It was a good show, and I too will be watching it for the rest of the season. I already have TiVo set up to record them so I will not have to find them online again.

    • Help!! I could not watch the second episode last night and would sooo much like to see it again before next week's episode – can anyone show me how? I do not live in the US. I am a great fan of Simon Baker and he does the part of the Mentalist amazingly well. Greetings, Linda

      • Well if you can use either Hulu.com or the CBS website (i think that's the network) then just watch it on there. If you being outside the USofA makes that hard either spoof your proxy (google it), or get a torrent client and search a torrent engine for "the mentalist s01e0".

  2. I missed the airing of it and had to get it online as well. I agree that it was very under publicized (I think I only saw one preview for it, though watching shows without commercials might have been to blame for that.)

    It had many little places that made me laugh during it. Also, like you said, the ending scene is quite dark and I was not expecting it. It very plainly shows what Patrick’s motivations are (or, strongly reinforces your beliefs in what he wants, because it reveals that fact much earlier.)

    It was a good show, and I too will be watching it for the rest of the season. I already have TiVo set up to record them so I will not have to find them online again.

    • Help!! I could not watch the second episode last night and would sooo much like to see it again before next week’s episode – can anyone show me how? I do not live in the US. I am a great fan of Simon Baker and he does the part of the Mentalist amazingly well. Greetings, Linda

      • Well if you can use either Hulu.com or the CBS website (i think that’s the network) then just watch it on there. If you being outside the USofA makes that hard either spoof your proxy (google it), or get a torrent client and search a torrent engine for “the mentalist s01e0”.

  3. Sorry, I was really hyped to see it, but it just didn't do anything for me. I was very disappointed. Maybe I need to watch a couple more episodes to be totally fair.

  4. Sorry, I was really hyped to see it, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I was very disappointed. Maybe I need to watch a couple more episodes to be totally fair.

  5. After watching the first episode I was left thinking of CSI Miami – one man to solve it all type of show. Nevertheless I enjoyed the darkness and the irony and will be keeping an eye on the episodes that follow.

  6. After watching the first episode I was left thinking of CSI Miami – one man to solve it all type of show. Nevertheless I enjoyed the darkness and the irony and will be keeping an eye on the episodes that follow.

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