The Mentalist 2.18 Aingavite Baa (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo: Dolores Brinton
Gil Birmingham: Markham Willis
Sean Bridgers: Ranger Tisdale
Tracy Middendorf: Jane Doe
K.T. Thangavelu: Doctor
Wes Studi: Joeseph Silverwing
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer: Erika Green Swafford
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.18 Aingavite Baa (2010)

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.17 The Red Box (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Kevin Alejandro: Victor Bandino
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Consulting Producer: John Mankiewicz
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: John Mankiewicz
Director: Chris Long
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.17 Red Box, The (2010)

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.16 Code Red (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
J.C. Mackenzie: Griffin Welks
Matt Malloy: Scott Price
George Newbern: Dr. Cliff Edmunds
Amy Price-Francis: Dr. Alicia Seberg
Casey Strand: Lilith Nash
Tony Curran: Dean Harken
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: John F. Showalter
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.16 Code Red (2010)

Jane gets a phone call: “Please come immediately. I’ve been murdered.”

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.23 Red Sky in the Morning (2010, Crime Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Carrie Finklea: Ruth
Jack Plotnick: Brett Partridge
Stephen Sowan: Dylan
Cameron Van Cleave: Wesley Blankfein
Kathleen Wilhoite: Margo
Leslie Hope: Kristina Frye
Aunjanue Ellis: Madelaine Hightower
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: Chris Long
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.23 Red Sky in the Morning (2010)

Jane goes on a date with Kristina but just as he is about to flee, Red John interrupts by posting a video to the internet showing a point-of-view of his latest killing.

7/10

Being a Red John episode this is much more intense than most of the show and it’s good to see Simon Baker step up and convey that tension brilliantly. The know-it-all is still there (decrying the other know-it-all, Kristina, of course) but he also delivers genuine fear, panic and horror at the unfolding events. We get the voice of Red John in this episode but Jane’s calmness and lying about Red John speaking to him afterward is a bit perplexing. As expected, would-be girlfriend Kristina becomes a target though the way it happens is interesting, resonant and convincing.

This Mentalist, The episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes, graphic gun violence, extremely unpleasant inferred scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.22 Red Letter (2010, Crime Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Eugene Byrd: Russell Bigelow
Alice Evans: Ilsa Engels
Melissa Fumero: Carmen Reyes
Rick Hoffman: Christopher Lynch
Shaun Duke Moosekian: Tariq Sharif
Nick Searcy: Sheriff Andy Burnside
Leslie Hope: Kristina Frye
Aunjanue Ellis: Madelaine Hightower
Supervising Producer: Eoghan Mahony
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Eoghan Mahony
Director: John F. Showalter
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.22 Red Letter (2010)

CBI investigate the murder of a anti-human trafficking campaigner but Jane has conflicting emotions when a real psychic consultant for another police force, Kristina Frye, is brought on board.

5/10

This poorly plotted episode sees Jane magic solutions out of thin air and has a conclusion that negates his own comments on the initial murder scene. The introduction of a possible romance is also terrible as the person in question is a real psychic and, therefore, Jane and her could never have such a relationship. Her re-introduction is clearly to put her in peril in the season finalé next time.

This Mentalist, The episode contains unexpectedly extreme beating with a fire extinguisher.

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The Mentalist 2.20 Red All Over (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Malcolm McDowell: Bret Stiles
Michelle Clunie: Tara Harrington
Steven Hack: David
Robyn Lively: Sadie Cardoza Harrington
Tanc Sade: Edward Harrington
Joseph Will: Steven Wench
Virginia Williams: Heather Evans
Bob Gunton: Alexander Harrington
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Carolyn Ingber
Director: Roxann Dawson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.20 Red All Over (2010)

The CEO of a major international media group is murdered and his under-achieving brother is prime suspect.

6/10

The final solution is pretty interesting (father kills son who had an affair with his wife and sired a daughter; only he kills the wrong son) but how we get there is, frankly, unexplained. Jane wanders around for a bit, there’s an astoundingly ridiculous bomb-cultist story branch then he sets up the killer. It’s fun enough and Malcolm McDowell is always good for a bit of sliminess, but the formula is wearing thin.

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The Mentalist 2.19 Blood Money (2010, Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
John Ales: Cale Sylvan
Dwayne L. Barnes: Jayden Flower
K. Callan: Annabelle Draber
John Kapelos: Hank Draber
William Lucking: Judge Franklin T. Hildred
Mia Riverton: Dana Munn
Stephen Spinella: ADA Marc Odenthal
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Ashley Gable
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ashley Gable
Writer: Jordan Harper
Director: Adam Kane
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.19 Blood Money (2010)

CBI investigate the death of an Assistant District Attorney but identifying the killer isn’t too much of a problem. Because he’s a professional killer, though, catching and convicting him is going to be the hard part.

6/10

There’s some good fun here but this is a slightly more serious episode than most as the baddie is a psychopath and is clearly presented as such and, well, psychopaths are disturbing. Additionally, the series is beginning to struggle under the weight of Jane’s recklessness as he deliberately upsets an armed smuggler, a psychopathic hitman, a murderer and a judge. Though it’s still fun.

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