The Mentalist: finally given a chance


Alright, so it's taken me until now to even consider watching The Mentalist, mostly because I am a big fan of Psych and to me the premise of the show seemed to be too similar. Finally, for whatever reason, I watched the first couple episodes of the show and I am instantly hooked.


After watching I realized how different the two shows are. Psych is obviously a light-hearted crime comedy, but The Mentalist takes things much more seriously, in the first episode we are introduced to the motivation of Patrick Jane (to catch Red John, who murdered his family), much of his past, and also a lot of his personality. Even though he has an incredibly depressing past, he doesn't take life so seriously, he spends his afternoon building a giant sandcastle to get an interview over a chess game with a suspect, or wins hundreds of thousands of dollars in an afternoon and gives it all away the same day.


The cases themselves are quite interesting, I am intrigued to know more about how this Red John serial killer operates, and in the mean time the cases that are solved every episode keep my attention (a serial killer copycat, or a group of kids led by a calculating surfer girl). I suppose the moral of the story is the old cliche, don't judge a book by it's cover, and I'll definitely continue watching.


Source: Juliet's Place

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Apr 13, 2009 4:11AM EDT

completely agree : )

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May 20, 2009 7:20PM EDT

I agree. I love Psych as well, but I was bored one night so I watched it. It's interesting, to say the least, how this is a man who is so wounded but still manages to live life with a big smile on his face. It's definitely teaching me a lot.

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Jun 4, 2009 5:43PM EDT

I am a big fan of both shows, but I admit to being dubious about The Mentalist when they first started advertising. It did seem familliar... Then I watched the first episode and Simon Baker had me hooked. He pulls off the role scarily well. just the right mix of innocence, sadness and hope.But I will say that I think the writers are aware of the similarities. A running gag in Psych is the fabled Pineapple. It stars in nearly ever episode! Now, consider the clue that solved the murder in Redwood... yep, a Pineapple shaped and scented air freshener! Also, consider Agent Cho's dislike of the tropical fruit. He refused to eat pizza that pineapple had even touched. Obviously not a fan of delicious flavour!And it doesn't just end there! Our 'Fake Psychic, Real Detective' mentioned the vengeful no longer fake psychic, still real detective.
Shawn: (about the football practice) My dad would love this.Gus: Yeah. Too bad he's not talking to you. You should have just gone on the camping tripShawn: I'll make it up to him this week. I'll head over there for dinner. Bring him a pouch of Big League chew. Maybe watch a couple episodes of The Mentalist. He'll be fine.

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