So the plan *was* that I take a break from the Mentalist until the new episode (Pink Champagne on Ice) aired.
Then Heller and company went and did this:
(note, it’s the very last paragraph)
Thanks to @Sunth, @totorsg @ana_lor_san and @SiquelsA and @Chizuruchibi on twitter for sharing the news.
Feel free to share your thoughts (and pain) .
NOTE: Besides approving first time commentors (to keep out the spammers) I’ve never had to moderate comments before and I’d hate to have to start now. There’s no reason why we can’t express our feelings without being respectful towards the show/writers/and other fans. Now, group hug everyone!
UPDATE: SPOILER ANALYSIS
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s a reason why writers were holding back when it comes to Lisbon’s character. Throughout the entire series, indeed, from the pilot really, Jane’s regard for Lisbon has been clear for all to see. On the other hand, she’s kept him in a strict “co-worker/subordinate” zone; she only intervenes when absolutely necessary as his boss (scheduling an appointment with the doctor in the pilot is an example). She has tried to maintain that professional relationship throughout the rest of the show. But season three, after unsuccessfully pulling away from Lisbon, Jane tries to get closer to her so she’d accept his eventual murder of RJ (Red Moon, Blood for Blood, etc.) And she does. Season four was all about Jane attempting (even if only on the surface) move on past his revenge and enjoying his and Lisbon’s budding friendship. Emotions were definitely running high during episodes like Fugue in Red and War of the Roses. While it’s not necessarily due to romance, Jane has undoubtedly finally achieved what he’s been striving for for so long…Lisbon’s unconditional love. Like family, she now accepts him for all his faults.
But caring about someone leaves you open to be affected by their decisions. Lisbon was extremely worried about why Jane had wanted Erica out of prison. She’s also disapproved of so many of his actions this season and has born the brunt of having her judgement be questioned because of him. Even if that happened in cases where both her and his decision proved to be right, repetition can be a powerful method of affecting people.
That being said, I’m pretty sure season five will be all about Lisbon redefining her relationship with Jane. There’s been a fantastic build up for it. The writers have kept her on the back burner for a reason. And while I was initially terrified of the spoilers (still am to be honest) reason and Heller’s track record with this show tells me that the writers respect Lisbon’s character too much to not take care of her. The news that Jane might have a relationship actually creates rich room for drama, something I NEVER thought I’d advocate for since I’m a firm believer in subtlety.
But while I would love for the Mentalist to be a firm procedural and to last forever with the status quo of Jane and Lisbon being good friends and co-workers, it’s becoming more obvious than ever that Heller was %100 serious when he said that this show was about Jane’s journey. All journey’s have a (hopefully happy) end. As this show is set to last for seven seasons, it’s still way too early for Jane and Lisbon’s character’s to be all lovey dovey, even as friends. Conflict is a natural occurrence.
One thing I do hope for is that whatever will happen, we won’t be required to suspend belief the way we were in this season’s premiere. As long as everything makes sense, I’ll be a happy camper. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see if I’ll need a part two to my “No Love Triangles here” post in which I detail why a Love Triangle *does* now exist. A little (I said *little* mind you) angst goes a long way…anyone think Lisbon eventually quitting might be a feasible option?
The Mentalist finale will air May 17th.
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