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The Mentalist (2008-present)

i remember seeing adverts for this show when it was first coming out and thought that i would never watch it because i didn't like the title of the show. It turns out that the show is damned damned good.

something that the Stargate franchise had that other shows don't (even ones that i like a lot) was the idea of slowly evolving characters and plot developments and a good balance between how those played against each other. There's a deep level of understanding that that creative team had that mimicked true life that just happened to put it in a sci-fi setting, particularly in its sense of pacing and developing character relationships.

There's this degree of magic in the Mentalist. While most of the stories can stand on their own, there are elements that are interweaved, character interactions, developing relationships, long plot arcs that feel like Real Life, and there are set ups for the long play that don't show fruit until a season and a half later, surprise you, but upon reflection don't seem out of ballpark. add to that an incredibly compelling main character and supporting main character, great supporting characters and actors, and it's pretty much a lock.

Of course it's not perfect; there are times when it feels very cliché, other times when there's moments of bad acting, &c. But overall it's a strong strong program, at least the first three seasons (which i just finished watching). We'll see if it can keep me hooked.

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girfan
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the show as well. Have you watched Fringe? It has so many small details that make it fascinating and the story arcs are great!
lifeofmendel
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
have not watched fringe. i think i dismissed it offhand because it was developed by the same guy that did Lost, yes? and i thought Lost was a pretty bad show, so fringe was a noninterest to me.

i'll place it on my list. :)
girfan
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's produced by JJ Abrams and has some of his touches (I loved Lost), but it's nothing like it. The main characters are interesting (most people who watch are huge fans of Walter) and the twists (I won't say what so as not to be a spoiler) are quite good. I like the fact that the opening credits change according to the story and the symbols mean something. I also like playing "spot the Observer". It's a bit like X-Files for the 21st century but so much more complex. We watched the first 3 series as fast as we could on the On Demand service on our cable and then series 4 up to the current one. Can't wait until it starts again in January!
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