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The Mentalist Premier: Pilot

Hello journal, it has been a while.  The last entry I posted was before I went to Beijing to see the Olympics two months ago.  I haven't been online much since then.  I'm sure I'm quite forgotten by now.

Another thing I haven't done lately either was watching TV since BSG went on hiatus in June.  But tonight, I broke my abstinence at last, and it's all because The Mentalist premiered on CBS!

I confess: before Jamie Bamber, before Lee, it was Simon Baker and his alter ego Nick Fallin that was my obsession.  Never mind the two actors couldn't have been more different other than the "easy on the eye thing".  Anyway, I learned the news of Simon's upcoming new project on CBS way back in May, and I've been waiting patiently for it to air ever since.

But I almost forgot about the premier had I not caught the local radio host plugging for it on my way to work this morning.  My ears pricked up immediately when Simon's name was mentioned.  I was delighted when the host all but admitted he finds the new show promising because of its star.  Apparently the host not only knew who Simon was, he liked him as well!

Now that I've seen the premier, I incline to agree with the radio host.

Yes, like The Guardian, Simon carries the show.

As a crime story, the mystery, the twist was all too predictable for me.  But I was captivated the entire time by Simon's character Patrick Jane.  Unlike The Guardian, Simon easily flashes his killer smile here, lending an irresistible charm to the character.  Adding the sassy attitude, the keen intelligence, and a dose of prickishness, Patrick Jane is a likable scoundrel, who with a traumatizing personal tragedy (possibly brought on by his own conceit) is a man trying to redeem himself through his work.

Also I liked Robin Tunney's character Teresa Lisbon.  Although taking on the traditional responsible "by-the-book" female counter part, she played off well against Patrick IMO.  Even though it's only the first episode, the tension is there already.

In short words, I'm definitely tuning in next week. 



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silwyna
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
X, hi!!! How are you? How are things going? How is your stepdad?

It's so great to hear from you again!!!

I've been reading about Simon Baker having a new show and I was wondering if you'd watch it. Should have known you would :) I haven't seen it yet, but I'll try to remember to watch it. I liked him a lot as Nick Fallin.

ETA: Have you seen the Chicago Hotel News in CIC?

Edited at 2008-09-24 12:49 pm (UTC)
xwacky
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Sil, hi back!!! Great to hear from you. *g*

Things are okay, it's kinda crazy for me lately. My stepdad is doing fine, but my aunt just passed away unexpectedly 2 wks ago. I won't get into the detail here. Maybe when I see you in person in Chicago.

It's awesome to see Simon on TV again. For once, this show isn't as dark as BSG or The Guardian for a change. I hope it will become a success! :b

I'm bad, I haven't been able to go online lately except a quick glance at my emails. So I haven't seen the Chicago Hotel News yet. Time to head over there... But first, can you tell me if everyone is checking out on Sunday or Monday?

silwyna
Sep. 25th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Feel free to email me whenever you feel like "talking"!

Sometimes it's good to see something not dark every once in a while. TV can't be depressing ALL the time. I really need to have a look at that show.

Everyone is checking out on Sunday. I don't know for the rest, but AL and I were planning to leave around noon (I think).
(Anonymous)
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
Sorry about the loss, X. I KNEW no matter how absent you had been, you wouldn't skip The Mentalist. Glad fate had the radio on!
A.L.
xwacky
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you Sil!

(and AL too!)

By the way, do you know if everyone (beside me) is arriving by car? I'm trying to figure out which airport I should use near Chicago... This question is more pertinent to AL: Is MKE (General Mitchell International) too far away?

Edited at 2008-09-30 09:49 pm (UTC)
asta77
Sep. 28th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't forget about you! I missed you at DC, but understand you had a bigger event to attend. ;) And I thought of you all through The Mentalist! I just wrote up my very brief thoughts on the premiere and checked back to see what you thought. We seem to be on the same page and, like you, I shall be tuning in again. :)
xwacky
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yay, Asta! Sorry I missed you at DC, but I couldn't quite afford it so soon after my expansive Beijing trip. :\

Ooooh, you watched The Mentalist! :b Heading over to read your take...
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