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Is "The Mentalist" a Take on Sherlock?


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#1 Banshee

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:07 AM

So, Undead Medic and I were watching "The Mentalist" last night, and we started discussing the similarities between the character of Patrick Jane and Sherlock, particulalry with Sherlock as played by Cumberbatch.

Things like the fact that he arrives at a crime scene, takes one look at it and entirely debunks the theory of whoever has been there for a while, because he spots things that everybody misses and pieces them together. Or the fact that he is a consultant with the CBI, when Sherlock defines himself as a consulting detective. Or the fact that they are both really good at pretending and disguising. Or the fact that they can both manipulate people into doing what they need them to, with very little effort (at least Sherlock can get John and Molly to do what he needs them to...). They are both loners.

So... Am I seeing Sherlock everywhere, or has anybody else noticed this? :D

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:56 PM

Now you make me want to go and look up *another* show. Bad Banshee! Posted Image Posted Image
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#3 Banshee

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

Now you make me want to go and look up *another* show. Bad Banshee! Posted Image Posted Image


Good Banshee! I'm giving you more potential viewing material! :D
Well, if you like sarcastic characters in a suit that have a love for making everybody else in the room feel stupid, you might enjoy it ;)
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:23 PM

I've been considering checking out The Mentalist for a while... now I definitely will. :) It looks interesting!

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

I don't have TIME for another show - unless a mad man with a blue box shows up - I'm not even able to watch half of what I record in the same month as it's recorded even now.
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#6 Banshee

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:08 PM

I don't have TIME for another show - unless a mad man with a blue box shows up - I'm not even able to watch half of what I record in the same month as it's recorded even now.


Yeah, I know the feeling. We need to make "sorry, boss, I need to catch up with my TV shows" a reasonable reason to not go to work every so often...

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

I never noticed the comparisons, lol. Personally, I always thought Mentalist was a serious take on Psych...and now I'm thinking of the similarities between Psych and Sherlock...

-main character acts as a consultant for the police
-solves cases by noticing what noone else does
-has a best friend that goes with him in all his cases
-said best friend works as pharmaceuticals salesman

And I'm pretty sure there's more...

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:43 PM

LOL Should we start a "how many shows on TV right now are a take on Sherlock" thread? :D

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:01 AM

Sarcastic characters in a suit, oh dear me~
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

Lmao, yes!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

Sarcastic characters in a suit, oh dear me~


Did I mention the waistcoats? :D

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

Did I mention the waistcoats? :D


Waistcoats!
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#13 Banshee

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

Waistcoats!


Patrick Jane is often seen in a three piece suit minus the jacket, with a slightly rumpled shirt and no tie. I shall admit that I appreciate the attire... :naughty:

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:50 PM

This sounds good...I've never actually heard of the show...What channel is it on? (I'm in the UK)
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

This sounds good...I've never actually heard of the show...What channel is it on? (I'm in the UK)


At the moment it is on Channel 5 on Fridays at 9pm. Either 5USA or 5* are also running repeats of previous seasons at various times (as they do...)

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:47 AM

Oh definitely! The Mentalist's main character, Jane, has some startleling similarities to that of Mr. Holmes. The way they can both look at a crime scence and a person an d know where they have been, at least a round about location or area, is quite amazing. They both are loners but one, Jane, has a reasoning behind that, his scarring experience with his wife and chcild being murdered, while we are not sure why Sherlock acts this way. Saying that, though we can deduce that he was very intelligent as a child and as some of us know when you are smart in school people tend to look down on you unless you play some sort of sport or are popular, Sherlock also has a pompus way about him and he loves having an audience to show off his abilities, Jane is not into the whole show off your talents as much as my dear Holmes.

With saying all of that The Mentalist is a very good show and is definitely recommended by me :D
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:34 AM

A show simalar to both Sherlock (but more like) the Mentalist is called "Psych", is more comedic and the mentalist pretends he psychic just like the main in this series. Very funny. I belive one of my favorite things is the scenes when he has a 'vison'. He pretends to freak out and he flops about the room screaming. A great watch.
Check it out.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

Personally, I don't like The Mentalist very much.. In both series viewers won't be able to find the solution to the problem when watching the episode for the first time. However, when watching Sherlock everything seems logical in the end. When watching the Mentalist I often think 'ok, so that's the solution.. but it doesn't make any sense'.

In Sherlock you can add up all the bits and pieces (maybe having to watch some scenes again to fully understand), and in the end you will always say 'yes, this makes perfectly sense'.

The Mentalist often comes to conclusions which don't make sense to me. Many times there aren't any hints that lead you to the culprit and in the end someone totally out of context is the murderer.
At least that's my impression which is why I wouldn't like to compare The Mentalist with Sherlock. ;) :P
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:51 AM

Good point.

As I said although "Psych" is similar to the "Mentalist" it has a different approach.

Sean adds things up in his head and although everyone else in the show has no idea what in his head WE (as the audience) know.

Through objects glowing etc. WE all know the truth inside Sean's head (Although Sean is usally on the wrong track until the very end!)


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:25 AM

I can see some of the similarities between the two, but I enjoy Sherlock a lot better. The Mentalist is a lot more outgoing that Sherlock is. Sherlock has a different sense of humor and has very obviously never been interested in love, but with the mentalist im not as convinced. They have good differences though. If they weren't different I wouldn't enjoy them both as much.
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