The Mentalist: Redwood
by Debra McDuffee, posted Oct 28th 2008 11:29PM
(S01E05) I started watching this episode, waiting for Jane to do his stuff. Since The Mentalist previewed, I have enjoyed Jane's antics and "Redwood" didn't disappoint.
- Quick -- who could have done it? A name popped into your head, you know it did.
- Raise your hands above your heads, lower your right hand if you did it
- Hypnotizing Nicole to get her to remember
- Stealing Kara's MP3 player
- Springing Nicole from the hospital
- Cell phone decoy trick to save Lisbon
At the beginning of the episode, I thought I'd be writing about how this was a perfect example of a typical, predictable procedural. Once again, The Mentalist has pleasantly surprised me by proving just how special it is.
Yes, I called the killer from the second he introduced himself as part of the search party. But it didn't end up mattering that I knew, because the dramatic scenes between Jane and Nicole, when he was helping her remember, were really fascinating and well-acted.
I loved the feisty truck driver; what a great secondary role. I like that he was entertaining and not just a generic suspect. So many proceduals wouldn't have bothered to make this character, not really central to the plot, a memorable one. This scene really made me smile.
I do wish we'd see a bit more on the Red John story arc in each episode. We did get a little glimpse into Jane's family with the piano-playing flashback, but that was seconds, and not very deep. Did it help us know Jane more? Barely. And it certainly didn't move along the Red John mystery at all. I wonder how they are going to bring us back to that?
So, The Mentalist has been compared to Psych, because both of the main characters were fake psychics, and have the gift of observation. Do you think the killer smelling like "pineapple" is a shout-out to Psych, the pineapple-obsessed show? I'd like to think it was a clever little tip of the hat, but either way, it was a nice detail that added more to the depth of the work Jane was doing with Nicole.
How do you feel about this episode, and the show in general?