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The Mentalist - US Speed - 13/11/2008 9:30:35 AM   
Joedini


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Anyone else watching this? As soon as I saw the lead throw his hands in the air and announce"it's not as bad as it looks" I knew I was going to be a fan of this show.

May well have to catch up over the weekend?

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RE: The Mentalist - 13/11/2008 9:49:42 AM   
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Very uneven - some enjoyable, some bad. They need to sort out the fact we've gotten the bad guy the first time they appear on screen in the last 3 episodes. Play up the characters in the team more - an epi is more enjoyable when they do that, I think. But I am very surprised this is one of the success stories of the new season.

I did enjoy that 'Scream' start too.

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RE: The Mentalist - 13/11/2008 7:16:33 PM   
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I have only seen the first one so far but it was interesting. A little bit of a slow start but once it got started it played nicely. I did keep getting the impression that it was Psych being played straight and the plotline of the serial killer which looks like it is going to run through the series does appear a touch derivative as was the plot line with a very easy whodunnit.

Quite enjoyable but a bit early to tell. I see it has another Australian lead though far less attractive than the lady in chuck

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RE: The Mentalist - 13/11/2008 9:30:52 PM   
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I'm watching, seen all 6 episodes now. Simon Baker is the show, but the repartee between the cast is still pretty enjoyable. It's an easy show to watch even if there's nothing particularly memorable about it

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 2:34:44 PM   
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Judging by Mycroft's reaction I think I will definately give this a miss now....

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 2:38:52 PM   
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Watch one at least, I tend to damn everything with faint praise

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 2:58:56 PM   
Joedini


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Oh so it was me thats started the US thread. Haven't watched it since episode 1

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:02:47 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Joedini

Oh so it was me thats started the US thread. Haven't watched it since episode 1


I think it's all over for me now


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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:15:41 PM   
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I like this show. It is 1000% better than heroes and 200% better than Dollhouse. 

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:22:22 PM   
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Please tell me this has just been updated on the Small Screen Index and it isn't that my mental faculties - being more than a little over 27 - are completely busted

Overall I think it works but it still hasn't got past the problem that they signpost the bad buy the second they turn up so the mystery part really isn't working very well. I agree with Shool it is better than Heroes but haven't seen enough Dollhouse to judge.

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:29:21 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49
Overall I think it works but it still hasn't got past the problem that they signpost the bad buy the second they turn up so the mystery part really isn't working very well. I agree with Shool it is better than Heroes but haven't seen enough Dollhouse to judge.


Yes it is often a bit too easy to guess the bad guy, however the lead character is interesting enough to keep me entertained.

Looking forward to the resolution with Red John whenever it comes.


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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:46:35 PM   
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Also, Cho is one of the best current TV characters IMO. When we were trying to decide if we'd continue watching it, he certainly helped tip the balance.

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RE: The Mentalist - 18/3/2009 3:54:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

Also, Cho is one of the best current TV characters IMO. When we were trying to decide if we'd continue watching it, he certainly helped tip the balance.


He rules. Especially the episode with the professional male escort type thing. Cho hitting on the women while under cover was legendary.


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RE: The Mentalist - 26/3/2009 6:20:47 PM   
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Part 1 is on tonight at 9.00 on Channel 5.

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RE: The Mentalist - 26/3/2009 6:38:50 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mason Verger

Part 1 is on tonight at 9.00 on Channel 5.


Thanks Mason. I still maintain they should have changed the title for the UK audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3YUlcyPXLo

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RE: The Mentalist - 26/3/2009 6:48:58 PM   
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Congrats Ep 16 - that was probably the first one I didn't see the bad guy coming!

The show is really settling in to a fun watch. Nice weekly double act with Chuck.

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RE: The Mentalist - 26/3/2009 8:07:37 PM   
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Is this really worth watching? I already watch House and Bones, and I occasionally watch Psych, so I'm not sure what this show could offer me. The only thing that interests me is the ongoing "Red John" storyline I keep hearing about, but the creator has already said in interviews that that aspect of the show will only be resolved at the very end of the series. The show is doing really well, so it could be years before we get any sort of resolution.

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RE: The Mentalist - 26/3/2009 9:12:18 PM   
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I'm not a great fan of House, and Bones and Pysch have IMO gone way off the boil. But this is purely a bit of episodic amusement, nothing deeper than that that constitutes a must see - except for Cho, of course.

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RE: The Mentalist - 27/3/2009 9:38:58 AM   
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I enjoy this as Elab says its an episodic bit of light entertainment with 2 of the mainstays being great characters.

I didnt see the killer coming in episode 16 either. Yay.


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RE: The Mentalist - 27/3/2009 9:52:40 AM   
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I couldn't take this seriously even if I wanted to, all because of Alan Partridge - "no way you big spastic, you're a mentalist!"

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RE: The Mentalist - 27/3/2009 9:54:46 AM   
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Ignore the title sequence then - I don't think the term itself is used in the show. They generally refer to Jane as a consultant.

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RE: The Mentalist - 28/3/2009 9:36:49 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tftrman

I couldn't take this seriously even if I wanted to, all because of Alan Partridge - "no way you big spastic, you're a mentalist!"


Ditto

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RE: The Mentalist - 14/4/2009 12:51:31 PM   
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This is sooo good - the best cop show on TV at the moment.  Two excellent leads and great charachters - plus the season arc is intriguing (so much better then the over hyped Wire) Check it out...

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RE: The Mentalist - 7/5/2009 1:34:28 PM   
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And it's not as formulaic as House M.D.

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RE: The Mentalist - 7/5/2009 4:38:45 PM   
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Only seen two episodes, so far so ok. it's one of those things I'd watch if it was on, but wouldn't specifically tune in for it (bit like Bones). Struggling with the title, my last boss (bastard) used mentalist as a catch all term of abuse for anyone who disagreed with him (which was everybody) ....bad memories.....

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RE: The Mentalist - 8/5/2009 12:15:00 AM   
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It's gone downhill a bit.  The ending with the pychic this week wasn't needed. We all know it's a load of crap and I just knew she was gonna make a comment about his family.  The week before was so far fetched when he gave all the money away that he won counting cards and in the poker game.  But I still like the charachters (pity the stories aren't as good)

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RE: The Mentalist - 2/11/2009 1:14:39 PM   
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Just watched all of season 1 over the weekend and now making my way through season 2 (to date)....and I'm loving it!!

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RE: The Mentalist - 24/5/2011 8:09:31 PM   
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An interesting conclusion to the most recent series. It is nice to see that they are moving forward and not just going around in circles as they could well do.

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