DVD Review: The Mentalist — The Complete Second Season

He’s not actually a psychic, but he does play one on TV. Well, Simon Baker does, anyway, on the hit CBS crime procedural “The Mentalist”, which features Baker doing his best Gregory House impression, minus (mostly) the asshole personality. “The Mentalist” is currently airing its third season, but the complete second season is now available on a 5-disc DVD set from Warner Home Video.

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. And as the Van Pelt-Rigsby relationship heats up, it threatens to cool down their careers. Match wits with the 23-Episode, 5-Disc Season Two of the hit series that balances nimble humor with dark thrills.

Season Two Review:

Picking up where the Season One left off, Season Two of “The Mentalist” finds Jane (Simon Baker) continuing to obsess over serial killer Red John, as well as trying to decide between staying with Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and the California Bureau of Investigation or leaving. Of course, tensions with Lisbon’s ex-partner Bosco (Terry Kinney), who now has control of the Red John case, doesn’t help matters. But that Jane, he’s a tricky dick, and it’s not like he’s going to let a little thing like being forced off a case stop him.

Meanwhile, fellow agents Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) continue to explore their relationship. (Re: they have sex, which just serves to complicate matters further. Doesn’t it always?) The team also loses their boss (Gregory Itzin was apparently needed to play slimy Prez Charles Logan back on “24”) and gets a new one in Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), who quickly butts heads with Lisbon, though curiously not so much with Jane.

Season Two eventually caps off with the two-parter “Red Letter” and “Red Sky in the Morning”, which also features the return of psychic Kristina Frye (the always lovely Leslie Hope). Until then, there are a couple of good episodes, including the Tim Kang/Kimball Cho-centric “Blood In, Blood Out”, which finds Cho exploring his past, while “His Red Right Hand” brings the menace of Red John to the CBI’s front doors. Notable guest stars include “Firefly’s” Sean Maher as an eco-terrorist in “Bleeding Heart”, while the always watchable Malcolm McDowell plays a cult leader in “Red All Over”.

An altogether excellent season that builds on relationships from the previous season, not to mention cranking up the Red John menace. Jane’s relationship with Lisbon continues to simmer, with the introduction of Hightower offering up a somewhat odd “threesome”, as it were. To cap things off, the two-part season ender leaves Jane even more obsessed with finding Red John, if that was even possible.

DVD Special Features:

  • “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