TV Review: The Mentalist Created by Bruno HellerApril 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Television | Leave a comment
On September 23, 2008 The Mentalist made his television premiere on CBS. Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane, an ex con artist who conned individuals into believing he was a psychic medium. His career came to an end when he ridiculed a serial killer named Red John on national TV and was made to pay for it when that killer murdered his wife and daughter. Patrick Jane now works full time as a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) helping them to solve some really difficult cases.
As portrayed by Simon Baker, Patrick Jane is extremely intelligent, believes that he is always correct and that he is smarter than anyone else in the room. He is extremely observant and uses his old skills to “read” the potential suspects in his cases. Due to his skills he is able to help the CBI close their cases and have great success. He is working with Teresa Lisbon who is the head of the team, Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby, and Grace Van Pelt who round out the staff of investigators.
Patrick Jane is like a 21st Century Sherlock Holmes who uses his observations skills to know where a suspect has been, if they are lying or not and their guilt or innocence. He is a complex character who is great fun to watch and while he may seem to be a loner he needs his team mates to keep him grounded.
CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released Season 1 of The Mentalist on DVD so, if you are like I was and missed the first season on TV then you can quickly catch up while staying current with Season Two which is currently airing. This is a wonderful series! This show is clever, smartly written, well acted and great fun to watch.
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