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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season'
(Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: California Bureau of Investigation consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in his Emmy®-nominated role) has a blatant lack of protocol but is self-assured and driven. The former “psychic” uses his talent for seeing the clues everyone else misses to solve the most baffling crimes. But there’s more than crime that makes this season a must-see: Lisbon and Cho reveal hints about their troubled pasts. Violence fells one CBI boss, and the new boss seems more interested in authority than teamwork.

DVD Verdict: Simon Baker returns for a second excellent season as Patrick Jane, former psychic and current consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation, and still in search of Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and child. Jane applies his uncanny powers of observation and manipulation on behalf of the investigative team led by Theresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney).

The emphasis in season two is as much on character development as on the unique and puzzling cases themselves. Each team member gets an episode or two in the spotlight. Patrick Jane's origins are finally explained. Theresa Lisbon's former police partner will take over the Red John case, causing Lisbon to use some shocking leverage to maintain access. A Chinatown gang murder will bring back unwelcome memories for the deadpan Cho (Tim Kang).

Last season's smouldering romance between Van Pelt (Amanda Rhigetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) will catch fire, forcing the two detectives into a difficult career choice. An old CBI boss (Minelli, portrayed brilliantly by Gregory Itzin) will depart and a new CBI boss will arrive, affecting the dynamics between Jane and Lisbon, whose unspoken attraction continues to grow.

With regard three of my favorite epsiodes, in Blood In, Blood Out (Episode 14) Kimball Cho's past is unveiled. It is another well written piece with the right elements. Cho's human side is displayed with delicate precision.

The Red Box (Episode 17) introduces Molly Hightower, the new head of CBI. The tension between Lisbon and Hightower begins. Jane and Hightower develop an unusual relationship during the rest of the season. It was a delight to watch.

Red Letter (Episode 22) and Red Sky in the Morning (Episode 23) show a different side of Patrick Jane. Of course, Red John is there with a few surprises for Jane. These two episodes need to be watched together. However, before you watch the last two episodes, it would be good to read William Blake's The Tiger, a poem which sums up this season very well as well as Red John's outlook on life.

Season Two's episodes easily equal the fun and suspense of Season One. 'The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season' is very highly recommended to fans of the show and to TV viewers looking for some new and different in a police procedural. [DST] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"Art of a Mentalist": insights with executive producer/director Chris Long on making an episode
"Mentalism: A Subliminal Art: (11 pods with cast and producer):
-The art of mind reading with Simon Baker
-The art of suggestive imagery with Robin Tunney
-Secrets of cognitive persuasion with Luke Jermay
-The art of knowing secrets with Owain Yeoman
-The art of hidden objects with Amanda Righetti
-Secrets of the pendulum with Luke Jermay
-The art of suggestive imagery with Tim Kang
-The art of intuitive deduction with Bruno Heller
-Secrets of interactive mind control with Luke Jermay
-The art of muscle reading with Amanda Righetti
-Secrets of ideomotor manipulation with Luke Jermay
10 Deleted Scenes