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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Approach to Crime Solving!, 16 April 2009
This review is from: The Mentalist Season 1 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This programme is brilliant. It's got a perfect balance of humour, serious crime solving & a bit of "will they, won't they" between 2 of the main characters. It's such a fresh approach to the crime solving - after 9 series of CSI and two spin-off's, crime drama's were getting a bit dull, but this is definitely worth watching. I've watched most of series 1 (downloaded from the net) & I've not come across a rubbish storyline yet. Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane really well. The character could be perceived as incredibly arrogant as he knows how clever and intuitive he is, but he does it in such a way that it's funny when he's always right! Plus, the underlying storyline of Red John and Jane's wife & child makes you want to watch the next episode to see if that story unfolds anymore. Hope they do a second series!
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Initial post: 2 May 2009 17:32:02 BDT
I couldn't agree more

Posted on 7 May 2009 23:59:12 BDT
E. Nwosu says:
Same here, I'm completely hooked on the show to the point I can't wait for the next episode. Episode 7 which I just finished watching reduced me to tears. I came here to find the DVD - Nov?! Looks like I'm gonna have to download it now to curb my cravings, but I'm definitely going to pre-order it as well - it's worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2009 21:23:51 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2009 12:31:24 BDT
The second season will start in The US September 24th

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2009 10:08:55 BDT
sp says:
Five have obtained the rights to the second series.

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 11:34:52 BDT
Love this show, though sometimes I can't take it seriously due to the humor in it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2011 22:19:38 GMT
This comment says it all'

"...the underlying storyline of Red John and Jane's wife & child makes you want to watch the next episode to see if that story unfolds anymore. Hope they do a second series"

And a third, and a fourth, and ...

Only we sti;; don't know anything more about Red John or Jane's wife and child.

That was a sucker hook. But so clever that people are still obsessively watching the programme in case something happens and they miss it.

Truth to tell, none of the characters make a great deal of sense - like why were van Pelt and Rigsby characters totally wrapped up in each other one moment, and then split up so easily later on.
Like what's in it for agent Lisbon.
Etc., etc., etc.

Patrick Jane's secret is simply this: he has no secret.

He has some basic conman skills (cold reading, sensory awareness, etc.) that anyone reading this comment could learn with ease in a matter of weeks if they were willing to put as much effort into the learning process as the Jane character has.

In a nutshell, "Lie to Me" is a far better programme in every respect:

- It has a credible central character instead of a twit with a prolonged supercilious grin.
- It is based on genuine skills which are used in the programme in a coherent manner.
- The characters interact in a credible manner, rather than the childish bickering that typifies so much of "The Mentalist"
- The stories actually go somewhere instead of just bumbling along until they run out of steam.
- Etc.

But I do understand that some people are so bound up with "The Mentalist" by now that they will find it very difficult to view it objectively.

That's OK, folks. I'm only expressing an opinion.
It's fine by me if you believe that I'm completely wrong.
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