The Mentalist: Why is it Better?
Just got up after watching my recorded version of the Mentalist season 4 premier (aired on 22nd September 2011), and as always it was captivating. The series is one of the most popular shows on TV today and with good reason. The protagonist in the “Mentalist” is Patrick jane, a consultant for the California bureau of investigation (CBI) who uses his acute observation skills and mind games to help a CBI team catch the bad guys. Patrick a well-known former physic becomes a consultant for the CBI to find the serial killer “Red John” who had murdered his wife and daughter.
OK so the theme does not seem to be out of the ordinary and honestly it isn’t. The mentalist (Patrick Jane) uses the same tactics used by age-old fiction detectives like Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and the more famous Sherlock Holmes. Then why has the show got so much adoration? Well the question got me thinking and after trying to analyze the series from as many perspectives I could imagine, the following is what I surmised:
Whenever there is a tense and sullen scene, Jane seems to have a smile on his face. I think that is a price less propellant to the success of the show. For example just after watching a murder or a dead body, the viewers state of mind intrinsically turns gloomy, then immediately after that when they see something pleasant like Jane’s smile, it cheers them up. This good, relaxing, happy feeling adheres people to the show.
The second thing going for the mentalist is the dual nature of the series. Each episode brings a new challenge for Jane and a whole new mystery for the audience, but there is also a continuity throughout the series with Jane’s search for Red John. The Character of Red John is like a binding agent for the show and his presence has been intricately blended into many of the unique episode cases Jane and the CBI team take up. The lure of seeing Jane solve a new puzzle (so to speak) and finding the progress in the Red John pursuit is what keeps the public hooked on to the show.Continued on the next page