I absolutely love the main cast members too! The show has a great supporting cast and is smartly directed and shot. But the real pull and the big star is Simon Baker. That's it, man, this is a one-season show for me. I wish I had more stars to give. It is a breathe of fresh air in a genre saturated with technical jargon and outlandish plot.
I do like character based shows, but even Monk wore thin after a few seasons. But he isn't mean or intentionally rubs people the wrong way like House also based on Holmes or Spencer. Simon Baker does a great job of acting as a Mentalist, from whom is he drawing his inspiration from? I wonder what a show with both Patrick Jane and Sherlock Holmes would be like. My wife and I watched an episode last night in which Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker was being stalked by the son of a man who had an affair then lost his job and wound up penniless, serving food in a soup kitchen when his wife demanded a divorce. Sure, they've gone through the routine investigative work, but it is Jane, always Jane and only Jane that solves the case. At the same time, he does like to flex his intellect and power over people and loves to play games to get answers and yet, so charming when he does so.
Do not even bother to watch this, unless you want a reason to kill yourself. It's a pretty good cop show too, but not in its typical sense, since it's not plain serious all of the time. The character of Patrick is full of intrigue; he's sexy, funny, smooth but at the same time is tormented by a dark secret of his own doing. And I'd also like to credit Tim Kang- a lovely surprise and I enjoyed his character who really doesn't give a crap about hurting people's feelings or stepping on toes, he just wants to solve the case. As a former faux psychic he seems pretty ready to disable believers.
She has had very little to work with in the first two episodes but her role grew from 1 to 2 so I have faith , but she plays the hard nosed detective with a little more prudishness and distance than I would have expected. He is a truly fascinating character and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop. Patrick Jane is a fantastic character, he's obviously brilliant, but a little distant and isn't fond of working with others. . Sure it has similar elements: the House-like vibe of the background music and types of situations, or the Psych-like fact that the main character can spot details with one look; but what show these days doesn't? He's warm and cold at the same time, full of contradictions and full of flaws. The story is serious and the clues are intentionally obscure for the viewer.
Partically as atonement for having pretended to have psychic abilities, Jane is now on the side of the good guys. There are small very small differences made to keep the producers from getting sued but the idea is a rip off and the execution is poor. I really like the show and it's actors. I will always scratch my head wondering how this show gets such high ratings. How much she knows about Jane and how far they go back is a mystery to me and their dynamic is interesting. I've only seen two episodes and I think what I anticipate will come into fruition. I like that his part isn't really dark and sinister, which was an avenue obviously available to the writers given the main character's back story.
I know that I would definitely watch it either way. However, everyone else still need time to be develop, which is understandable for a show only in its infancy. Jane just happens to get his eyesight back during the epilogue - and they all lived happily ever after : Yes, yes, Patrick Jane is clever, etc etc, but it might as well be a one-man show as the rest of the team have done zilch in solving any cases. The writers don't even bother dealing with plot anymore. She doesn't fall into stereotype and has retained a beguiling sense of mystery. He shows just the right amount of angst and humanity that has you pulling for him and feeling the pain and sorrow of his family's death, even though it occurred 5 years ago.
And of course, Simon Baker is a brilliant actor and is the reason I tuned in I admit I too feared this was a Psych ripoff and he brings so much depth to this character. No mercy not even feeling guilty, you entitled to whatever it is necessarily, make sure you are feeling good and loved. The haters of the show should ease up. The humour and tension between the characters do not appear to be contrived. Season 4, Episode 5 October 20, 2011 Season 4, Episode 5 October 20, 2011 A woman's body is found on an island off the California coast, and the team questions an odd group assembled on the island. The series literally takes you on a ride as one feels involved in the investigations with every episode.
The lead actor was channeling Tom Cruise, and wasn't much of the sharing type. As the last reviewer suggested the plots will have to get strange to be new. If the show starts to go the way of 'The Closer', with its insistence on having Kyra in every single possible scene, then you may feel free to stop watching it. He is often called upon to help police solve crimes, not with any psychic abilities, but with his unusual and highly attuned powers of observation. . He is very soothing, warm, instills trust and seems to get along with people pretty well, from the guy who did it to his team. The smirk he wears the whole time is directed at the audience for believing this is a new original idea.
If you are angered by a show borrowing themes and premises from your favorite show, then probably not. Season 4, Episode 1 September 22, 2011 Season 4, Episode 1 September 22, 2011 In the fourth-season opener, Jane is in prison and must prove that the man he killed was Red John; and Lisbon wants Van Pelt to get counseling for having to shoot her fiancé when it was discovered that he was Red John's inside man. Meanwhile, Rigsby dates a public defender and worries that this will make things between him and Grace awkward. He made the mistake of catching the attention of a serial killer who retaliated by killing his family. The Mentalist is one of those tortured anti-heroes the strikes a cord with the audience and we can not wait to unravel Patrick's full story.
I'm sure the rest of the team, especially Lisbon and Cho, can do better than be constantly manipulated by Jane. He and Jane have a very tense meet up awaiting them, but I can wait for that just to experience the chase and the unraveling history between these two. The son blamed Jane for destroying his life and tried to kill him with a bomb only to cause him to go blind. I absolutely love the main cast members too! So it's kind of disarming when you begin to see there are some serious issues with this character, he doesn't sleep, doesn't believe in life after death and is happy that way , and is actually anti-social with the group. I do not understand how this show gets good ratings. The way each case is solved is complex, yet very believable, and the magic comes from the sense of wonder at Patrick's mind tricks.