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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