What I thought The Mentalist would be:
- a little puzzle mystery series where you see all the clues and then get to be impressed when the detective puts the clues together in ways that make sense when he shows it, but if you see it before he says it, you get to feel real proud.
What The Menatlist is:
- A series with a running dark serial killer story, featuring a clever man who figures out little things either with clues they hit you over the head with, or with clues you don’t have the info on.
As such, much lower on the “fun” scale.
And it shares the situation of the more fun-oriented series Psych: while it teaches that psychic detectives are fake psychics, it still shows them as good detectives. Between those and recent series that show psychic detectives as being both real psychics and great detectives, it ends up being ongoing endorsement for a hideous, destructive sort of con artist who prays on people at their worst.