I just finished watching The Mentalist. I read Robert Blanco’s review in the USA Today this morning and thought what the heck.
I have not watched episodic television since Seinfeld went off the air ten years ago. That’s not to say I don’t watch television shows. I will buy season 1 of ‘this’ and season 2 of ‘that’ but waiting every week for your favorite shows seems so archaic in this day and age. Besides TV, for the most part, is just god-awful.
Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of magicians, in particular mentalists like Max Maven, that I decided to give this show a try. The Mentalist stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, a former psychic ala John Edwards, who, after the horrifying death of his family at the hands of a serial killer, decides to work for the police in solving crimes.
His intuitive gifts come in handy in the opener where he deduces from a few pictures and a wife’s distance from her husband that the husband molested and killed their daughter. The wife isn’t completely sure but with a little prodding and guidance from Jane, she realizes the husband is lying, grabs a gun and blows her husband away. Only in TV land, he’s back on the job a few days later before a review board has even investigated.
The show sets up a continuing story line of Jane vs. the serial killer. I’m intrigued enough to tune in next week. The show, as Blanco pointed out, is familiar ground but Simon Baker definitely has star power and the strong supporting cast includes Robin Tunney (Prison Break) playing his boss. I liked the show and will wait seven days to watch the next episode and even sit through the commercials. Ugh!
Reviews: USA Today | Entertainment Weekly