Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Mentalist (2008- )

Title: The Mentalist


                                 

The Mentalist stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, once a famous 'psychic' who abandons his career to help the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant in solving crimes. The real motive behind Jane's sudden change of heart is due to the death of his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer named
 Red John. 

Patrick Jane is shown as someone with very high intelligence and as someone who can predict things based on very minute details that often others would discard as either random or insignificant. And this unique trait makes him cocky and sometimes difficult to manage. His life turns for the worse then the psychic Patrick Jane belittles a Serial killer Red John on television  This dosnt go well with Red John who then kills his wife and daughter, from then on avenging the death of his family becomes Jane's one aim in life. 

The series starts off with Patrick helping The CBI in solving a murder case, the CBI team of four is led by Teresa Lisbon(Robin Tunney) who is shown as someone with the capacity to be a leader, she tries to help Jane when he usually gets himself in trouble over petty issues as she understand his pain. The team also comprises of Kimball Cho(Tim Kang), Wayne Rigbsy(Owain Yoeman) and Grace van Pelt(Amanda Righetti), who bring something different to the team.

With Jane's help the CBI closes all the cases, but Jane uses unconventional methods which sometimes are silly, Incredibly clever and sometimes downright illegal.  In almost all the cases Jane uses his exceptional Mental abilities in solving the murders.  The rest of the team do their best in helping him, but this is a Patrick Jane show all the way. His feud with Red John is something that frustrates him, since Red John is shown to be equally intelligent and equally adept in thinking a few steps ahead of the rest, making it difficult for Jane to get his hands on him. So this rivalry forms the major theme for the series.

The Mentalist is a very well directed series, if your looking for a show thats  gonna make your brain work this is the show for you. The show lives up to its name. So sit back and let Patrick Jane marvel you in this awesome series.

Rating: **** 1/4