The Mentalist Season One (2008, 2009, TV) – 7/10

Writer (Creator): Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli

Mentalist, The

Former ‘psychic’ Patrick Jane uses his skills of observation and psychology to help the California Bureau of Investigation close cases. He is haunted by the murder of his wife and daughter by serial killer Red John but it was that event that caused him to abandon the deceptive career as a psychic and embark on a career of justice.

7/10

A good new crime series. Our hero character is the main draw, though the support characters, especially Tim Kang as the awesomely nonchalant Kendall Cho, have been just interesting enough to be, er, interesting without being too distracting. While our hero is a stereotypical oddball maverick genius he brings something new to the table which is a complete lack of action-man gung-ho. Several times during the show he near soils himself when confronted with a gun and always allows Robin Tunney’s Agent in Charge to take the lead. Most refreshing. While I preferred the similarly themed Lie To Me (which worked better emotionally), I look forward to season two.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and gory and unpleasant scenes, strong violence.