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The Mentalist is one of the few new Fall 2008 tv shows I'm looking forward to this year and after finally getting a chance to see the pilot I'm even more excited. This is the third US television series to star Australian actor, Simon Baker, and while his first two did not last very long, I think the third time could be a charm this time around.
I've already watched the pilot twice and I'm totally ready to sit through it again when The Mentalist officially debuts on September 23rd.
The show's premise is that detective Patrick Jane has such keen observational skills that he frequently comes across as having psychic powers. If this sounds a lot like the premise of another show - Psych - you're not totally wrong, but it plays out quite differently with this character. While there are plenty of amusing quips in The Mentalist, the show isn't played for laughs. The protagonist is far too damaged for that. So you'll forget anything it may have in common with the other show before the first hour is over.
Preview of The Mentalist
Simon Baker in The Mentalist
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane
The show's protagonist, Patrick Jane, is a reformed professional television psychic. At one point during his past a major life-changing event made him expose himself as a fraud and he now consults with the California Bureau of Investigation.
In flashbacks, the television psychic is right on the nose. If you've ever watched John Edwards or any of the other tv psychis do their stuff, you'll nod you head here.
During the present though, Jane actually reminds me quite a bit of Derren Brown and my guess is he's probably modeled a bit on Brown, as he appears to be using a bit of NLP in his interrogation technique as well as simply showing off his uncanny ability to read people through observation. Plus there's the charisma and the sense of style.
Patrick Jane is one of my favorite types of tv characters - brilliant, charming, caustic, egotistical, driven, and BROKEN. I like my tv characters seriously wounded and Jane delivers in spades, which is why I think Simon Baker is such an excellent choice to play him. On the surface he projects a sunny warmth, the easy wide smile, but you can see all the murkiness bubbling beneath the surface.
The supporting cast is rounded out by secondary lead, Robin Tunney, as the senior agent, Teresa Lisbon. Jane is the fly in her ointment, but he's clearly useful to her as well so she puts up with him.
Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang play agents Wayne Rigsby and Kimball Cho and Amanda Righetti plays the new rookie, Grace Van Pelt.
Teaser Trailer for The Mentalist
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