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The Mentalist: Red Rum

by Debra McDuffee, posted Jan 14th 2009 1:03AM
Patrick Jane riding a pink bike on The Mentalist
The opening scenes grabbed me right away this week. The Mentalist is best when Jane is doing his divergent thing, and that's just what he does when the rest of the team goes into the flower shop to interview the missing boy's parents. He puts together the pink bike, the glance to the woods and the crows and finds the boy's body before the theme. Nice.

There were other parts of this episode that were throwbacks to the early days, when Jane was not only way ahead of the team, but also more over the top than some of the more recent episodes. Thank you, Bruno Heller!

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The Mentalist: Red John's Friends

by Debra McDuffee, posted Jan 7th 2009 1:42AM
The Mentalist

Finally, an episode of The Mentalist with a significant amount of story arc. We really got to see Jane's lust for revenge in this one, and the lengths he would go just to get a bit closer to finding out who Red John is.

The Mentalist
jumped out of its formula slightly this week, and it worked for me. We learned some new things about Jane, Red John and the team, and even though it could have been an extremely dark episode, it was just dark enough to get the point across while still being entertaining.

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The Mentalist: Red Brick and Ivy

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 17th 2008 2:07AM
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist
Man, I just love The Mentalist. This episode was no exception. Yes, it's a formulaic show, but like House, I've grown to love every piece of the formula and feel robbed if something is missing.

The only negatives tonight? Once again, I knew who did it early on in the episode, but they really did a good job of creating many believable suspects this week. I also missed mention of Red John, although we did get to learn a little bit more about Jane in the aftermath of his tragedy through his relationship with Sophie.

Let's get into the nitty-gritty after the jump.

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The Mentalist: Flame Red

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 2nd 2008 11:26PM
Jane talks to Lisbon about revenge

(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.

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The Mentalist: The Thin Red Line

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 26th 2008 1:00AM
opening scene of The Mentalist, The Thin Red Line

I have a complaint about The Mentalist: there's just not enough Jane for me. Simon Baker is the heart and soul of this show and I crave more screen time for him, and more of the antics we saw in the first couple of episodes. Regardless, this is one great show and I won't hold it against the writers that they are attempting to go deeper with the rest of the cast; a good idea, really.

OK, maybe I have two complaints, and this one is aimed at the director: Is it possible to tell the actor who plays the killer to not be so shifty the second they get screen time? I knew whodunnit so early on that I actually second-guessed myself.

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The Mentalist: Seeing Red

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 19th 2008 12:30AM
seance scene from The Mentalist: Seeing Red
After reading the premise for tonight's The Mentalist, I can't tell you how forward I was looking to seeing Jane at a seance. How could that not be fun? Yeah, well, it was just OK, since he rigged it and all. But we got more from this episode than just Jane's antics.

In fact, I think the Jane antics have died down a bit, and I miss them; he was definitely more outrageous at the beginning of the series. That said, Jane seemed to have met his match in the spiritual advisor this week, and that was fun to watch.

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John Stamos on board for Lifetime original movie

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 7th 2008 9:40AM
John StamosER cast member John Stamos is taking on the role of murdered millionaire Andrew Kissel in Killing Mr. Kissel, a Lifetime movie. The actor will also produce the movie, which, like all good Lifetime originals, is based on a true story. Killing Mr. Kissel focuses on two wealthy brothers, played by Stamos and Anson Mount (as Rob Kissel), who are killed within a few years of one another.

Prison Break's Robin Tunney is playing Rob Kissel's wife, Nancy. The real Nancy Kissel was convicted of her husband's murder in Hong Kong. Two men were charged with Andrew Kissel's murder in April. The family's story is certainly tragic enough to be a movie; Lifetime describes it as "the American dream that spiraled out of control."

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Ten reasons why Lincoln is better than Michael on Prison Break

by Kristin Sample, posted Oct 2nd 2007 12:01PM
The Prison Break BrothersLincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is hands-down my favorite character on FOX's Prison Break. Some argue that the star of the show and the main character is Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) but I would propose that it's his brother Lincoln who is the real reason to tune in on Monday nights.

Yes, Michael is very attractive. Yes, Michael is very intelligent. Yes, Michael has cool tattoos ... all over his body (cool tattoos that have cool secret codes and secret maps). And finally, yes, Michael uses said attractiveness, intelligence, and tattoos to break his brother out of prison. This is show of brotherly love is, to put it lightly, generous of him.

Okay, so I went through the reasons one might argue that Michael is better than Lincoln. Continue reading for my reasons why Lincoln is truly better than Michael.

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