What's ticking me off about The Mentalist
by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 12th 2009 1:02PM
After last season's success of The Mentalist, I made a point of watching the show this season. I wanted to see if vox populi was right and this was must-see TV. Well, now that I've tuned in for a few episodes, my opinion of the show remains the same as when I previewed the pilot in 2008. It's a star vehicle for Simon Baker. He's wonderful in the role and commands the screen.
However, since watching this season, there's one major thing about The Mentalist that's ticking me off. Aretha Franklin sang about it: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
That's my big problem with the show: the attitude of the higher-ups to Jane. Why are they so upset when he sticks his nose in a case? Isn't that the reason he's being paid as a consultant to the CBI? Oh, sure, Jane is obnoxious and a know-it-all. He can get under the skin of those working with him, which is irritating. Still, after all the times that Patrick Jane has caught the killer, solved the crime, unraveled the mystery by using his superior skills of deductive reasoning and observation, why doesn't he get any respect? He's treated like a pest.
Compare attitude on The Mentalist to that on Monk. Adrian is a consultant for the San Francisco PD and Stottlemeyer and Disher value Monk. They understand his phobias and conditions, and put up with all of it because of the way Monk can help them do their jobs. Maybe Jane should give Monk a call; they're not that far away from each other in northern California.
So, there it is. My big pet peeve about The Mentalist. Will they ever address the issue or will Jane ever get fed up with Minelli and Bosco and simply walk out on the CBI? Yes, I know he's there to get Red John and needs to be on the inside track, but even he has a boiling point.
Hmm... I don't know. Is this situation ticking you off, too?