The Mentalist Review: You Read My Mind
THE MENTALIST: Friday 5th March, Five, 9pm ALERT ME
Do we really need anymore cop shows? They all looked the same to me until I saw that The Mentalist had it’s own unique draw: Simon Baker.
This delicious looking man is the eponymous mentalist, and he uses his Sherlock Holmes style of perception and an understanding of human nature to help solve crimes.
Baker plays Patrick Jane, a private investigator with a brain for people and puzzles, who acts as an aide to Californian cop Teresa Lisbon and her team. If you’re looking for psychics, spirits and all that jazz then you’ll be better off watching Medium because The Mentalist is based on logic and actual detecting skills.
Well, kind of; he still uses hypnotism and a bit of mind-reading now and again but it always fits neatly into the plotline. However, you do get the sense that he’d be the most annoying bloke to hang around with because he’s such a bloody know-it-all.
In this episode we see Lisbon dealing with the murder of a paedophile that she convicted several years earlier. Unfortunately, Lisbon’s fingerprints were on the murder weapon and she has no recollection of the night in question. When she fails a polygraph and must hand in her badge and gun, it’s up to Patrick to help solve the mystery of the missing memory.
Baker may have grabbed the attention of the US by getting nominated for a Golden Globe but here it’s Robin Tunney who shines as Lisbon, the tough female cop with a dark past. Her climactic scenes show off the character’s aggressive, unpredictable side which hopefully will turn up again later in the series.
The two are nicely supported by a young, good-looking team of cops who are behind their potentially guilty boss 100%. With the exception of the two grizzled older guys in this show, why is everyone so damn attractive? Wish they’d send a few cast members over to The Bill.
The show is good fun but takes itself a little too seriously and makes the dark subject matter look at odds with Simon Baker’s quirky, light-hearted performance. Though there’s not exactly an edge-of-your-seat tension, the mystery is well crafted enough to keep you guessing and might even be enough to have you tuning in next week.