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The Mentalist: Redemption

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 25th 2009 1:40AM
Simon Baker(S02E01) "If you sit by the river bank long enough you'll see the bodies of your enemies float by." - Patrick Jane

Where will the second season of The Mentalist go? Will we focus on Red John the whole time or will we get cases of the week until we have a Red John episode? It looks like it's going to be more of the latter (though there's a big plot development concerning the Red John case in this season opener), and that's just fine.

I do wish the cases were more Columbo or Murder, She Wrote-ish, though.

As is often the case, the interplay between Jane and Lisbon and other team members (and the new guy in charge of the Red John case) is more interesting than the actual case that the team is trying to solve. They've got a nice battle starting here between Jane and Bosco, with Bosco calling Jane a "clown" and trying to use certain words and actions to make it seem like he's being helpful and comforting (touching Jane's shoulder, using a soft voice when needed, etc). Though I don't get why Bosco would be so hard on Jane, or why the chief would even allow it.

Can you imagine if Jane existed in real life? He'd be honored every week by the CBI, given plaques and probably allowed to do whatever he wants (if he even stayed with CBI after the movie and book offers came in). It doesn't make sense that he would call Jane a clown. Hasn't he read the file on Jane? He is the reason CBI solves so many cases (regardless of what Lisbon thinks when she leaves Jane and drives off).

But this is a good start to the second season. It's pretty much the same (Jane figuring things out in an odd way, lots of humor, banter between Riggsby and Cho, etc), but they've tweaked the Red John case just enough so it doesn't seem stale. Nice little twist at the end with Jane calling for a new ID card for Bosco. Good thing he's not a real detective.

Quick notes:

- Nice to see Raphael Sbarge as the murdered woman's husband. He costarred with Simon Baker on The Guardian, a show I really liked.

- Maggie was played by Rebecca Staab, one of Jerry's girlfriends on Seinfeld (the episode with the telethon and missing nana) and also played Jesse on Guiding Light in the 80s. This isn't important at all but Guiding Light just ended so I thought I'd mention it.

- I wonder when they'll throw us for a loop and have an episode title without "Red" in it? (Actually, there were some episode titles last year that used variations on red, like "russet" and "bloodshot.")

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Daune Calovini

I "got" your Red comment, Bob. :)

And THANK YOU for looking up who Rebecca Staab played on GL, because when I saw her on the video in the show, I knew she'd been on a soap, but I couldn't remember who she was. I've seen her on some other episodic too, but it looks like she's had some work done.

Jane's threat to leave got me thinking about where the CBI would be without him. Bob, I disagree that if he really worked there he would have all sorts of medals and awards. One of my problems with the show is how much he DOES get away with, and he's not even a trained cop! I find that unrealistic, going back to last season when the Mom shot the Dad responsible for his missing daughter, or whatever that was with Gail O'Grady.

I think the gang would solve a lot of their cases, eventually, without Jane's help. It just wouldn't be in such a sensational, quick and television friendly way. I hope that Lisbon continues to push Jane to be more honest and play less games. She has said she can control him dozens of times, and it's SO not true. But, if it's played more like she lets him go on purpose, maybe because that's a side of her personality she is not able to exercise, then I'm okay with that. Early in season one, I almost broke up with this show, because I just didn't see any rational reason for her to put up with his antics.

Like the new guy. He's a a-hole.

And, I hope Cho's time in juv-y always stays a mystery!

September 25 2009 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Horse N. Buggy

This is going to sound superficial, but I didn't like the make-over for Lisbon. I really like that she was a female character who looked (for the most part) like she was there to work, not sit for a photo shoot. The actress is obviously attractive, but a career police woman wouldn't necessarily be a fashion diva. Undo. Undo.

September 25 2009 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Huh? I'm baffled. I said in my review above that I wonder when the show will give us an episode title WITHOUT "Red" in it. I know "REDemption" has "Red" in it. It proves my point. It *has* Red in it.

September 25 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aw, come on.

"I wonder when they'll throw us for a loop and have an episode title without "Red" in it?"


Just because it's not blatant doesn't mean its not there.

September 25 2009 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J Ok

Redemption DOES have red in it --- get it, REDemption???

September 25 2009 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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