ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Mentalist. IDK.

Updated on February 1, 2012
The Mentalist Poster
The Mentalist Poster

I finally sat down for an episode of The Mentalist after three years and three seasons of success and awards / nominations. The main character, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is an intelligent, observational, insightful smart-ass. He uses his skills to assist the California Bureau of Investigation and often steps on their toes whenever involved in an investigation. I’m not sure how to really judge the show, because I never had any interest – honestly it seemed it was meant for older woman that were just hot for Mr. Simon Baker.

1. Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes? I think the similarities between Sherlock Holmes and Patrick Jane are pretty obvious – socially inept, intellectually brilliant, yet absolutely charming. Jane has an answer for everything, works alone, is somewhat condescending to women. But it’s Jane’s sad history that wins me over (and of course that smile). When he gained fame through his ruse as a psychic he became the target of a well-known serial killer, Red John. As a result Red John murders both Jane’s wife and daughter leading to Patrick’s burning desire for revenge. I feel for him at the moments he gets all red-eyed over the chase of Red John.

2. Where’s Watson? Watson is a great complimentary character to Sherlock Holmes, and I’m not sure if there’s anyone like that here. The closest thing to a sidekick Patrick has is Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and their chemistry is somewhat similar to the bromance of Holmes and Watson, but something’s off to me. Maybe it’s the (not-so) accidental moments of sexual tension between the two, or lack of significant functionality for Lisbon’s character. There’s a dependency Holmes has on Watson, and for some reason it feels more like the other way around here.

3. Oh, right – they have a “crew”. Of course Jane and Lisbon must have a sort of posse to back them up every now and then. The group consists of: 1) Kimball Cho (Tang), a straightforward and direct agent with witty, jokes riddled with deadpan humor; 2) Wayne Rigsby (Yeoman), an agent serving as an arson specialist without much personality at all; 3) Grace Van Pelt (Righetti), the group’s newest member and ‘hot’ female of the group, giving off a Scarlett Johansson vibe with more stiffness. My favorite is Kimball Cho – hands down. He’s hilariously awesome, and seems to be one of the few people to keep up with Jane’s intelligence.

When I first heard about The Mentalist I really just thought, ‘why don’t they call it the Simon Baker show?’ My opinion hasn’t changed much since then, and the weak supporting characters don’t help all that much. There was a character, Sam Bosco who seemed pretty interesting, but unfortunately he’s dead now. The elusive Red John is an interesting antagonist for the series and peaks my interest. We’re still in the midst of season 4, so maybe things will only get better. I’m still on the fence about it, but I could still watch Simon Baker all day.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)