The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that debuted on September 23, 2008, on CBS. The show was created by Bruno Heller, who is also its executive producer. The show follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who is a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” people’s minds.
On May 10, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a 13-episode seventh season, later announced as the final season, which premiered on November 30, 2014. It is slotted to end on February 18, 2015.
Patrick Jane had been a part of my life since they started the series. After watching The Mentalist, I watched a lot of movies of Simon Baker and realized him to be a very versatile actor. He can play the good guy, bad guy, psychopath killer, anything thing at all and still be wonderful at it. His acting makes it very easy for the viewers to love him, hate him, love to hate and hate to love him depending upon the role he is playing.
Coming to The Mentalist, right from the time Red John killed his parents, Patrick Jane became an instant favorite among the viewers, initially because of compassion, but very soon because of his single-minded focus on getting revenge and the way he used his amazing talent for the same. Jane has an uncanny ability to read people and use it in a way as to portray himself as a mentalist. However, he confesses that mind reading does not exist and the talent is only reading people.
Jane joins Sacramento Police Department and teams up with Teresa Lisbon, Kimbell Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, who all are working to catch Red John. Some seasons into the show, he manages to accomplish his goal about Red John (I won’t give out the spoilers. Watch the series to know what happened) and takes time off. The entire team disintegrates with that but very soon, Jane is contacted by CBI to join forces with them because of his people reading ability. Jane comes to find Cho already a part of the team and demands Lisbon to be called in too. Very soon, the three of them are teamed together with Jason Wylie and Michelle Vega and with a new force under the able eyes of Abott, they continue solving crimes once again.
Now the Series is about to air their series finale and it is with a heavy heart that we all will be bidding adieu to Patrick Jane and his team. There is a lot of speculations on how the series will end and it will just be left to see how the characters end up doing int he end. A lot of things has changed since the first time Patrick Jane came on-screen and captivated the audience. Now, he is almost about to start a new life with a new love and we, the fans, wish him all the very best. As for Simon Baker as a character, there will be more movies starring him and I will definitely be on the look out of them all.
The Mentalist has been an amazing series filled with mystery, intrigue and some romance throughout all the episodes. Bruno Keller has made a beautiful story line and gave an interesting experience for the viewers. Looking forward to more from Bruno Keller and Simon Baker.