The Mentalist: Flame Red
by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 2nd 2008 11:26PM
(S01E09) I had been craving more Jane, and also more interaction with the team, and I got my wish on both counts in this week's The Mentalist. The opening scene with Jane reading Lisbon's mind was so much fun, and I love the little seed he planted: "Now I have access to your innermost thoughts."
Simon Baker continues to please with his larger-than-life presence. He reminds me a bit of Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in Burn Notice -- just one smart smile can say so much.
Just when I was starting to think I was The Mentalist, because I could predict the killer in the first act of the show, they threw me off a bit. Ah, something's got to keep my ego in check, I suppose. I have to say, I had a bit more fun not knowing, even though I get that it is about Jane's thought process and not really a whodunnit.
As usual, there were some great red herrings thrown our way:
- The policeman on the scene was shifty, making me suspicious, although how many episodes in a row can it be the policeman on the scene who is the killer?
- The widow not wanting to touch him made it more suspicious.
- Ben Mechado shooting at Cho and Van Pelt, and the subsequent frame-up job.
- The possibility of Dave Martin being alive and seeking revenge.
- Rigsby's pain-killer-induced love confession to Grace was priceless.
- Almost as priceless as Grace's reaction: what grown woman hums with her hands over her ears when she doesn't want to hear something?
- Cho confessing that he was thinking about having sex with his eighth grade history teacher; there's some new insight into what is behind the poker face.
Most interesting, however, were Jane's thoughts about vengeance. Does he really believe that he'll kill Red John slowly, or was he making a point to Lisbon about how this killer was really motivated? He says things throughout the episode like "revenge doesn't come cheap" and "revenge is a poison, for fools and for madmen." Then he says all that is nonsense. What are we to believe? Does Jane even know what he himself believes?
As much as I liked not really knowing who did it until the end, and as satisfied as I was, I couldn't help but think it was a giant rip-off of The Usual Suspects. Even thinking that, it didn't bother me, and I still really liked this episode. Did you all feel the same?