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The Mentalist Review: The Hunt for Volker

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The hunt for Volker intensified on The Mentalist this week... and who knew that a "Little Red Corvette" would take him down?

The murder of Horatio was all the more brutal with Volker standing there watching. The man enjoyed seeing someone die. It didn't even have to be by his hand. It just had to be on his order. That kind of power really seemed to get him off. This guy's a serious sociopath.

Jane & Lisbon On The Run

This was a man who took out entire indigenous tribes when they got in his way. So he had no qualms about killing a little boy. I found it interesting that even Volker's paid enforcers knew that murdering a child was a whole different level of evil. One in which Volker had no problem descending.

I spent the entire episode silently hoping that Marvin was really still alive. Having Jane visit his mother was heartbreaking. Not only does he relate to kids, but he has such intimate knowledge of what this distraught parent was going through that it almost hurt to watch.

The chess game between Lisbon and Volker was only made more intriguing by Jane's involvement. Volker was use to scaring people. Poor Anabelle was shaking as she backed away from him and he loved every tentative step.

But Volker couldn't scare Jane. Another psychopath already took everything he'd ever loved. What's left to be afraid of?

And Jane's one of the few people who could shake up Volker's calm exterior as he called him on his bluff. 

This entire episode had some stellar moments. Lisbon has never been so accepting of bending the rules. She actually used intimidation tactics against a deputy district attorney and out and out lied to a judge to get a warrant. The Teresa Lisbon from a year or two ago never would have done that. 

When Clyde took that phone call from Volker, I knew what he was about to do and it still made me jump when that bus hit him. Even hired killers are scared of somebody.

And what did Volker have on Brenda?!? Not only was she selling out her team at the CBI, but she handed over a little boy to be murdered. Who was he threatening to make her grovel at his feet like that? Will we ever find out?

A couple of side notes…

  • How funny was Rigsby stealing Cho's old soda from his car? That man has no self control around food, or drink.
  • Please let Amanda Righetti have a healthy, happy baby soon. I miss Grace and I'm tired of seeing her behind that desk.
  • Shouldn't Lisbon have had that toy car bagged for evidence? I know Jane isn't very good with those things but I expect more from Teresa.
  • You had to love Volker running through the zoo smacking kids on the back of the head as he searched for Marvin. Too funny.

I loved that Jane got to return Martin to his mother although witnessing such things must still be bittersweet for him.

I'm a little sorry Volker's story came to a close so soon. It was fun seeing Jane and Lisbon team up against someone other than Red John and Volker was equally creepy. Then again, with Volker's connections and influence, perhaps his rein of terror isn't over quite yet.

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Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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@Entwife - True, Erica is much warmer than Lorelei. Yes, it was the recent V remake. The actress that plays Erica was the alien queen, and they showed her convert to her reptilian form a couple of times. Wow, this thread really has meandered through a whole lot of different topics.

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Watcher, I can see that about Erica. She seems a little more warm-blooded though. Maybe that's just because she's so much more sultry and seductive than Lorelei. But still a MURDERER, haha. But I can't see her ever cutting off Jane's fingers, ever. Just not so cold and cruel. I think Patrick responded to the warmth in her, hence that sizzling, eager kiss. Didn't seem quite so sizzling with Lorelei. I didn't see V, I assume you're talking about the recent remake of it. Barely remember the original.

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@Entwife - i agree. And I especially loved the flickering tongue and nictitating membrane part!!! Though I always got that image in my head when I saw Erica Flynn. Though in that case it was (at least partially) because she played Anna, a reptilian alien with a flickering tongue and nictitating membrane, in V. I think she also had a pretty nasty tail if I recall.

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continued-- She is a cold-blooded murderer.

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To me, Lorelei gave off a major creep vibe from her first moment on screen. At first I just figured it was a warning bell that this woman is a hooker and on the take. But she's obviously a murderer, as WindowShopper describes. I've never seen any real sign of warmth from her towards anyone. She's cold, calculating, lizard-like and most especially, slavishly and willingly obedient to Red John, a person she knows to be a serial killer. She would have cut Jane's fingers off in a heartbeat. The only thing lacking in her on-screen persona is a thin flicking tongue and a nictitating membrane sliding over her eyeballs to complete the horror of her reptilian core. I take a view similar to b,w & r. Whatever abuse she may or may not have suffered, and I really doubt it was much until she fell in with Red John, even if the life-long lie about her sister twisted her psyche, Lorelei chose Red John and has made her life around him as a murderer herself. She is not to be coddled or excused. She is a cold-blooded murderer.

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do you think its possible, that random individual with talent but clear problems of the past, could get on board with a criminal so manipulative? And then its only in hindsight, only later on, do they realize its someone as powerful and dangerous as RJ. But by then, they are already on the conversion process. At first, this only looked like a sketchy person with an interesting perspective, perhaps not that different than a friend who is deep into the drug trade industry. That's what RJ is, there's nothing about him that suggests the most dangerous killer in California. And he certainly doesn't lead you on that way for a long time when you join him at first. So I'm not sure I distinguish the degree of evilness with any of these characters based on their background. Because its quite easy for anybody with a troubled past to get associated with Red John. And its only years into the process that you realize what your doing and what you become. Nobody comes in open to the idea of murdering their fiancee.

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Really, ultimately think about this, all it takes is one person to cause someone to become like this. One, particuarly, one as charming, manipulative and powerful as RJ. Ask yourself; is it possible if Lorelei never met RJ she would have never been a criminal? Her mother clearly would have still had an issue with her, but that's an entirely separate issue. And ask yourself this, think about all the people with troubled childhoods and adolescence. Nothing criminal, just troubled childhood. Heck, some of them have grown up very good at somethings and worked. (these accomplices don't get jobs in law enforcement bumming on their couch their whole life). But if they were doubting themselves and everything, and had been for years, and ran into someone as manipulative as RJ, someone as powerful, who surely didn't off the bat didn't get them to succumb to him by openly telling them they'd be assasains and criminals to the degree they are, do you think its possible, that random individual with talent but clear problems of the past, could get on board with a criminal so manipulative? And then its only in hindsight, only later on, do they realize its someone as powerful and dangerous as RJ. But by then, they are already on the conversion process. At first, this only looked like a sketchy person with an interesting perspective, perhaps not that different than a friend who is deep into the drug trade industry. That's what RJ is, there's nothing about him that suggests the most dangerous killer in California. And he certainly doesn't lead you on that way for a long time when you join him at first.

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I'm not necessairly a believer either than those from rich families who become criminals automatically should be suspected as much more flawed, deserving of punishment and less innocent. It's often at those families where such criminals are breeded where there's the most amount of manipulation, arrogance, ego, and reasons to be either a) taken advantage of b) not properly allowed to prosper and have their potential fulfilled or realized(this happens alot in rich families). This clearly happened with Lorelei at many levels with her sister. Its not fair to say, well the only thing wrong with her was lying about her sister, while other characters had constant physical abuse on top of it. Any act, one that drains on you psychologically and emotionally like that, under such manipulation and expectations from a mother who clearly had some flaws, can destroy a child growing up even if they get to have the best house in the neighborhood.

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of falling for someone, someone with other interests and other ideals. They have to have some interests and desires that make them normal. Most assain's don't relate as well with people as these friends do, particuarly to the point that no one in law enforcement would suspect them. This notion that all these RJ friends were inherently flawed from the start I don't agree with. I've always been someone who thinks if put in the appropriate context from the start, or even later on in their life, anybody can become anything, for better or worse. The resentment for Lorelei in particular seems to stem from a)her deviousness is the most recent to be uncovered b) she has directly affected Jane and tried to c) we've had a parent directly put the blame on her and embarrass Lisbon when she suggested the mother take some of the blame.

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I'm basically on board with what @windowshopper is saying. You can easily manipulate facts, change perspectives to make any prisoner look far more docile and humanize them. You could say O'Laughlin legitimately loved Van Pelt, worked for the CBI and helped them because he had an interest not just because of the RJ factor, but in the end didn't know what to do and went with the safest thing for him which was stay on RJ's side(hell he even saved his fiancee's wife last season). You could probably turn things to make Rebecca look far more personable, after all nobody in the CBI would have ever expected her, she seemed so nice, tame and was clearly manipulated by RJ into thinking they were lovers. Alot of RJ's friends have jobs that aren't suspecting of criminal backgrounds. Sure, it's to gain an upperhand on law enforcement, but not every criminal would do this. You have to have someone who has some notion of wanting to be with the police, of falling for someone, someone with other interests and other ideals. They have to have some interests and desires that make them normal. Most assain's don't relate as well with people as these friends do, particuarly to the point that no one in law enforcement would suspect them. This notion that all these RJ friends were inherently flawed from the start I don't agree with.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Do you enjoy this, Agent Lisbon? Wasting your time.

Volker

He gets off on this. Watching his victims die.

Lisbon
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