Mentalist – Season 1, The
Patrick Jane used to be a fake medium who through keen observation managed to fool people into believing he could speak with the dead. When offered his help to the police to catch a serial killer that goes by the name of Red John, however, the killer became personal and murdered Jane’s wife and child. As a result, Patrick decided to give up his daytime job to become a full-time consultant for the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) and hunt criminals in the hope he one day could catch Red John and take revenge.
Sound and Vision:
The image has some aliasing here and there but nothing overly annoying. The level of detail is sufficient and the colors are most of the time pretty bright while the contrast is good and we don’t have too many obnoxious compression errors.
The sound comes with a 2.0 track which is rather disappointing but it does its job as it should.
– Evidence of a Hit Series
– Cracking the Crystal Ball: Mentalist vs. Psychic
– Deleted scenes & bloopers
A rather standard package of extras that really doesn’t stand out of the crowd
There are plenty of decent police shows on TV, one being more focused towards action (like The Shield) while others go so far as solving crimes with exploring evidence (CSI). The Mentalist takes an approach that lays a bit in between with Patrick Jane being an excellent observer and solving crimes by studying people’s behaviour.
The storylines are pretty standard and rather simple and the cast tries to do a good job but many times you’ll be wondering whether it would have been better with a different cast. Thanks to the excellent acting of Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, however, this does remain an entertaining series that manages to be just above average.