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A Brilliant New Crime Drama - The Mentalist
The Mentalist - Season 1 (DVD)
Member Name: cath_del
The Mentalist - Season 1 (DVD)
Advantages: Great acting, combo of humour and mystery, plots interesting
As a big fan of crime drama, after having watched all the episodes in shows like Criminal Minds and CSI, I decided to watch the Mentalist on recommendation of my mum. She said that this crime drama not only was interesting but the lead character - Patrick Jane - made the show pretty funny.
I watched the show without knowing much about the show with no other recommendations other than my mum and even from the first episode I knew this would be a good series. It's a bit of a mix between Criminal Minds and CSI, as they use both physcological attributes and real evidence to capture criminals.
The Mentalist is based around Patrick Jane, a man with amazing observational skills who aids the CBI or California Bureau of Investigation in solving crimes. He is not actually classed as part of the police themselves, but as a consultant. This is because Jane isn't technically a police officer, as he just uses his skills to help them close cases.
His main skills is the use of observation as he can take any scene and take it apart to find clues (reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes!), read people and the signals that they send out subconciously and use hyptonism. His skills are clearly beyond what an ordinary person would possess which makes the show so different from the other crime shows about. In fact, his skills are so ordinary people often just believe he is physic!
Patrick Jane is one of the best lead characters in a television show I have watched since House. He possesses a great charm which makes you empathise with him, find him funny and be amazed at how he can solve puzzles and con the truth out of people.
However, he does have a sad past which the show's plotline is loosely based around. Patrick does not help the CBI as his chosen career path, he began working there to find Red John. Red John is a serial killer who killed Patrick's wife and child after becoming angry he was using his gifts to fool people into believing he could read minds. Now Patrick is hunting Red John down, with the aid of the CBI team while working on other cases. (if you notice, all the episodes have Red mentioned somewhere in the title!)
The supporting cast (although they are featured as much as he is in the series so I wouldn't really call them a supporting cast!) are as good as the main character, and add an overall charm to the team itself. It's nice seeing a team as close as they are on crime shows. The boss of the overall team is Agent Lisbon, a strong woman who although has to put up with Jane's stunts which can be quite extreme is kind to him and believes that these stunts that he pulls are often for the benefit of the Bureau. The two are quite close, as Patrick rarely talks about his past, but when he does it is always to Lisbon.
Then, there are the supporting agents,Agent Cho who is the tough guy of the group and tends to be the harshest to criminals, Agent Rigsby who is sweet and adorable, with a crush for fellow colleague Agent Van Pelt. She is the newest addition of the team, and often discusses the moral side to things. The whole team together blend really well, as they are friendly and make for excellent viewing. The fact that there is an office relationship was quite sweet to, as it adds to a bit extra in the plots! Sometimes they are a bit wary of following Jane's crazy stunts, but tend to end up doing them anyway as they know he's mostly always right.
There is hardly any plot throughout the series, aside from the Red John case and each episode is different from the next. The murders don't tend to be very gruesome, and not as gory as some of the other shows. You rarely see any gory effects within them in the Mentalist. The storylines always keep you interested and on the edge of your seat, as Jane is always getting into some kind of trouble trying to find the killer. Every episode is so varied, and has many different situations, with no episode ever being the same.
There are some very good effects included within the Mentalist, as occasionally there will be an explosion, and it will look very well done. Fire can sometimes become involved somewhere and this is always so tense as someone is always just that little bit to close!
I would recommend The Mentalist to anyone who loves a crime show, as the plotlines combined with Janes ridiculous antics are a combination to keep anyone interested. His charm and humour never fails to make you laugh at the things he does, and the way he catches the criminals is always so unique you'd never have thought that person would have done it! And of course, the underlying plot of Red John keeps you watching, as all you want to do is find out if Patrick will ever catch him!
Summary: A great take on a crime show with unique aspects differentiating it from the rest
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