Monday, November 10, 2008

The Newest Addition to my DVR Schedule...

I don't watch a whole lot of tv. In fact, I don't think our tv thinks that it has the ability to go to any channel but the Speed network (yes, that is my husband...I'm not the biggest fan of Pink's or Low Rider, althought I do like 101 Cars you must Drive).

However, I do have several shows that I DVR on a regular basis, so I have something to watch while I'm folding laundry. Somehow, watching some good tv makes an unpleasant task much more pleasant...or that could be the glasses if white wine that usually accompany laundry folding.

My newest show is a little unusual for me - I hate detective/lawyer shows on policy. Really, how many Law and Order variations can NBC come up with? Plus, they tend to freak me out a little bit, I try to maintain my rosy little view of the world as much as possible - in order to avoid feeding my paranoia that someone will break in or something.

Enter: THE MENTALIST! (yes, I think he's pretty darn handsome). (Don't lie, you thought it too.)

Yes, there are other people on the show. See?

The breakdown of the show:
"The Mentalist stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, a detective and independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. "

Fascinating! Here's the definition of "mentalist" (brought to you courtesy of Wikipedia)
"The term mentalist refers to entertainers whose performance appears to be based on "psychic" abilities, featuring the ability to read minds, project the mind to alter the state of matter, foretell the future, and see distant and hidden objects. This branch of magic is referred to as "mentalism."[1]
There are analogues in the field of parapsychology, where a mentalist is defined as someone who is believed to read thoughts and place suggestions in people's minds. While a psychic may claim to observe a hidden spiritual reality and report on it, in a process known as "psychic reading" (see cold reading) a mentalist might claim the ability to manipulate and change that reality. The stage mentalist ostensibly mimics these supernatural behaviours by natural means."
Not only do I think the show is well-written and has a good amount of wit and humor in addition to the case to be solved in each's not overly creepy or gory like a lot of cop/detective shows out there. (Law & Order SVU, I'm talking to you!)
Plus, isn't this reason enough to watch the show...?????

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