Ok, don't get me wrong, I'm still a big fan of the show and can't wait till every Thursday night so that I can watch the next episode, but I must say, I'm a bit disappointed with the latest season. "Why?", you may ask. Quite simple to be honest; the writers wimped out. Season 3 ended in a spectacular way and paved the road for what could be one of the most daring season finales of any show. The problem? the conclusion had absolutely no consequences what so ever.
So Jane supposedly found "Red John" and went on to kill him. Well, lets look at this. Sure, Red John is the driving force for the show, but I personally think that had he actually killed Red John, it would have been a refreshing and stunning development to the series. It would show that the writers aren't comfortable milking a single plot point and stretching it endlessly. Where would the show go after this? I don't know, but I sure as hell would like to find out! This would have been a gambit, where the pay-off could be 10-fold or it could completely destroy the show. My problem is that the writers chose to play it safe rather than try to elevate the show. I would rather have a failed attempt at greatness than a show that becomes too comfortable in its own formula to the point where it will eventually become mediocre.
Yes, I know if Timothy Carter had ended up being Red John it would have been random and what not, and but at least the show could progress. If you actually think about it, the only thing we've learned about Red John is that he is male, that's it. As much as I enjoy the show, no progress is being made. The Red John episodes are exciting and all, but pretty much pointless. This reminds me of Monk where you got all these clues throughout the show and they led to absolutely nothing. The ending episode could have been a stand alone. It didn't feel like the entire show had led up to the conclusion, and that's what I fear with The Mentalist.
Now my second problem...The trial. Jane killed a man and within that same episode was acquitted and within the second episode, the whole gang was back together. It's like there were no consequences to the events of Season 3...it might as well have never happened. They may as well have made it like Dallas where Patrick Jane wakes up and realizes it was all a dream. If there are no consequences for people's actions, what's the value of the action? They could have at least kept Jane in jail for a couple of episodes or something...just make it seem like the events of Season 3 had some impact.
What do you guys think? I fear we've fallen into the Pinocchio trap where the show goes on forever and then on some random day when the ratings have fallen enough or the actors don't want to act anymore, Pinocchio randomly becomes a real boy with no real lead up, or satisfying conclusion..just one day its like "Patrick sees Red John and kills him. THE END."
What do you guys think?