The Mentalist: Season 4 Boxset Review and Competition!

In recent years television has become awash with police procedural shows featuring characters who are able to solve crimes using a weird habit, talent or gift that they possess. All of these shows owe, in some way, a debt to the success that is enjoyed by The Mentalist.

Now in its fourth season, the show tells the story of PATRICK JANE (played by the Simon Baker), an 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 and psychological manipulation. Notorious for his lack of protocol and his past as a popular but fraudulent former psychic medium, the paranormal aspect of which he now admits feigning, Jane’s role in solving a series of high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.

However, no-nonsense Senior Agent TERESA LISBON alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents KIMBALL CHO, WAYNE RIGSBY and GRACE VAN PELT, who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

The beginning of this season finds Patrick Jane defending himself at trial for the murder of his arch nemesis, Red John, who was in turn responsible for killing Jane’s wife and daughter some years earlier. Jane’s path of revenge and retribution toward Red John for the murder of his family is what had paved the way his enlistment with the CBI, and had formed the body of the previous seasons. 

Rather than follow a path resulting in Jane’s incarceration for his unrepentant act of vengeance – which might have resulted in the interesting scenario of Jane consulting from incarceration in a Silence of the Lambs-like arrangement – the season premiere sees Jane managing to successfully win his trial on a set of technicalities, one thus allowing him to regain his freedom as well as his position on the CBI team.

This opening act sets the pace for the remainder of the series, which features the now familiar combination of stand alone mysteries and cases relating to Jane’s ongoing quest to fully sate his desire for revenge on the forces which took his family from him.  

This season also delves a little deeper into the other members of the CBI team, in a mostly successful move to flesh them out and cast them as characters in their own right rather than the simple sidekicks they have sometimes appeared to be in previous seasons. To this end, the writing team and cast have done a fantastic job and provided a number of interesting character developments, such as in the case of the unrequited love of Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt and some glimpses into the personal life of the hard-edged and inaccessible Agent Kimball Cho.

This insight into the character of Cho in particular was a highlight of the season, with his internal conflict regarding his feelings for a prostitute police informant providing some of this season’s most memorable dramatic moments. This is in no small part due to actor Tim Kang’s performances, in which he excels, and which often sees him stealing not just his scenes but the entire episode.

As is so often the case, however, the final few episodes lead predictably to another cliffhanger and it is during these final episodes that once again Simon Baker steals back the limelight as his character Jane embarks on a personal rollercoaster ride that sees him having to go to even more extraordinary lengths in his attempts to finally avenge his wife and daughter once and for all.

As a whole I found this season of the show stronger than most of the previous seasons, and I must praise the writing team for managing to enhance the depth of both the characters and the show and its story. They have allowed the other members of the cast their times to shine and develop, which in turn lead to the show feeling less one-sided. The result is a far more polished and developed show. The Mentalist for me is one of the shows that manages to tick all the boxes, and as such is a series that I try to not miss and would certainly recommend that others do not miss either.

The Season 4 boxset which is available to buy from Monday 8th October from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment priced £28 approx, spreads the series’s 24 episodes over 5 discs but sadly is lacking in extras, with fans only being given a 35 minute documentary that focuses on how the cast and crew work hard to make the show’s law enforcement elements as accurate as possible.

Whilst this extra does manage to give us a nice look behind the scenes of the show, due to the lack of any other supporting bonus material it does just feel like it has been added for the sake of it. However, extras aside, Season 4 is certainly worth purchasing as unlike many shows of it type, The Mentalist continues to grow in quality and entertainment value and as such it is easy to see why it has kept an average of 13 million Americans tuning in each week.


If you would like to win a copy of the Mentalist Season 4 on DVD then all you have to do is email with the answer to the following question:

Patrick Janes arch nemesis in The Mentalist is called:

1)      Red John

2)      Red James

3)      Red Wilson

4)      Batman

Winners will be drawn on Wednesday 10th October and if you would like to purchase the series you can buy it here and also click below to watch a clip too.

Terms and conditions:
Competition Terms and Conditions: The competition is open to residents of the UK who are aged 18 and over only. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th October 2012 at Twelve noon. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. The prize is a copy of The Mentalist Season 4 on Region 2 DVD courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. There is no cash substitute. The prize is non transferable. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value. The winning entrants will be selected by an independent judge from all completed entries and notified by email by 1st November 2012. Two attempts to contact the winner will be made after which a new winner will be drawn. Up to two winners will be contacted before the prize is forsaken. Winners that respond after that period will not be eligible for the prize if a second winner has been contacted. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition if is felt that it has been in any way fraudulently entered. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. By accepting the prize the winners agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. The winner’s name and location will be available by sending a SAE marked PCD Competition to the Promoter BEFORE the 21st December 2012 MCM Buzz, PO Box 38727, London E10 7YH, UK. This competition is not open to MCM Expo Crew or Family.


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