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18 November 2010 @ 08:36 pm
"Hmmm..." she wondered, pensively.  
So I'm having a problem with the Mentalist in season 2, and the problem is this...

Does everything have to be a set up??? Including all character conflict??

Just finished Red Badge and it was establishing itself as one of my favourite episodes, with some really powerful stuff from Robin Tunney, especially Lisbon's apparent breakdown in her apartment, when lo and behold, it turns out Bobby Ewing was in the shower and it had been a dream all along it was all a carefully thought out act in order to catch the criminal. Excuse me, but haven't we seen that play in practically every other episode? Couldn't you leave us viewers with something a bit meatier than that?? I just feel that they dangle backstory and pathos in front of us and then whip it away at the last minute on the pretext of 'it was all pretend just to catch the bad guy'. Very disappointed :(

The cute little look from Jane at the end almost redeemed it, but not quite.

I'm feeling: disappointeddisappointed
Erinerinya on November 18th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Well, but what wasn't a setup was when he comes to her apartment to help her and she has a mini-breakdown, which I felt was a very interesting character moment (it is the way that I would break down in that situation, rather than drinking and shouting and threatening suicide, and I identify heavily with Lisbon, so I liked its subtlety).
Laurafried_flamingo on November 18th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I agree. I did love that scene. It was very real and quite heartbreaking, but I felt that they didn't capitalise on it enough or see it through to resolution. And the resolution we thought we were getting was all fake. I would've been happy even if Jane and Lisbon had then dealt with the real issues that were brought up, or at least alluded to them, but the way it ended I think we were deprived of that. To me the 'tra-la-la donuts' ending negated anything that had been built up earlier :(
Erinerinya on November 18th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely agree with you there. I think because the show is considered "light" (although there's plenty that is dark in there, god knows) deeper character stuff does get glossed over, especially for characters-that-are-not-Jane. It's part of the reason I don't watch it regularly anymore.
Laurafried_flamingo on November 18th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I am enjoying watching it for the fun aspect at the moment, so I think I'm going to have to bite my knuckles and try not to get too frustrated with it. Or maybe just give in to the temptation to write dark!fic... :D
Erinerinya on November 19th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
I support the second option!

I actually have a pet theory that Lisbon is a closet or recovered alcoholic. Although her experience with her father's addiction is probably enough to fuel plenty of angst and inform her little performance in "Red Badge."