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 Menalist 2.21 18-5-4 (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
Lucy Davis: Daphne
Rich Hutchman: Rafe
Scott Menville: Adrian Mosca
Evan Peters: Oliver
Fisher Stevens: Tolman
Consulting Producer: Leonard Dick
Writer: Leonard Dick
Writer: Ken Woodruff
Director: Charles Beeson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.21 18-5-4 (2010)

A brilliant but penniless mathematician is shot to death by a clown who then steals his finger.

6/10

Opening with a more graphic than usual murder (we don’t normally see them), Jane is beginning to seriously suffer from a complete lack of character development; there’s no sense that he’s a real person. The identity of the murderer, however, is brilliantly done because the main clue is given to both Jane and us and the director even lingers on it; but neither Jane nor us pick up on it. Jane, of course, gets there eventually. I’m always impressed when a mystery drama manages to give the audience the same clues and information as the investigator.

This Mentalist, The episode contains brief, graphic gun violence, brief,extremely unpleasant scene of finger amputation, other unpleasant scenes.

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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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The Mentalist 2.15 Red Herring (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
Federico Dordei: Ludo
Elaine Hendrix: Julia St. Germain
Brian Howe: Arliss St. Germain
Gina Lapiana: Hannah
Dina Meyer: Abigail
Jon Polito: Duesterberg
Skyler Stone: Kevin
Robin Weigert: Eliza
George Wyner: Coroner Steiner
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: David Appelbaum
Director: Eric Laneuville
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.15 Red Herring (2010)

A top chef keels over, poisoned to death, at the beginning of a prestigious culinary competition. That’ll give something for Jane to get his teeth into.

6/10

Good fun with an agreeable, if probably unlawful, climax. The Mentalist certainly suffers from the Columbo syndrome where he almost certainly gets the right man but frequently won’t have enough irrefutable evidence or a confession without duress that would stand in a court of law. There’s a good plot element this week that sees both Jane and the detectives learning the same piece of information (about an affair) through their own methods; the detectives via detective work and Jane through observation of people interacting. I would like to see more of that because, while we like our maverick hero detectives, it’s nice to see the police not treated as a bunch of fools. Interesting to note that there does not appear to be a CSI department in Sacramento, presumably due to a shortage of sunglasses or something, so Rigsby has to do the forensic examination of the victim’s apartment himself.

This Mentalist, The episode contains mild swear word, adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.14 Blood In, Blood Out (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
David Barrera: Frank Rodriguez
Alexandra Holden: Crystal Hargrove
Sandrine Holt: Elise Chaye
Jon Sklaroff: Adam Reed
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ken Woodruff
Director: John Polson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.14 Blood In, Blood Out (2010)

Cho’s best friend from his gang-banger days is shot to death after trying to contact Cho for help. Cho is reluctant to get involved in the investigation, ostensibly because it’s an open-and-shut case of gang rivalry but more because he wants to avoid the guilt that may come from knowing he could have helped and didn’t.

5/10

A ‘this time it’s personal’ episode for supporting character Kendall Cho and, despite containing decent character material, feels silly and unconvincing, especially in the transparent climax. Though it remains mindlessly entertaining enough, through it’s undisguised predictability, The Mentalist is in serious danger of losing viewer interest.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and substance abuse and violence, brief graphic gun violence.

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The Mentalist 2.13 Redline (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
Paul Ben-Victor: Noah Landau
Mark Deklin: James Kinsey
Richard Kahan: Jeff Sparhawk
Peter Onorati: Oliver Westhoff
Kevin Rahm: Brad Elias
Currie Graham: Walter Mashburn
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Jordan Harper
Director: Bill D’elia
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.13 Redline (2010)

A saleswoman is found dead inside the trunk of an expensive car in Los Angeles’ most prestigious car showroom.

6/10

There’s some good fun as Jane and the plot steamroller into a rich guy who is delighted, or, rather, thrilled, to be a murder suspect. Currie Graham does a great job of mixing potential murderer and gleeful rich boy. The murder mystery is reasonable enough with the exception of the murder weapon: it is almost impossible to deliberately kill someone with a car.

This Mentalist, The episode contains bad language and unpleasant scenes.

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