“The Mentalist” season seven isn’t great but still a nice sendoff for a fun, if not uneven, series. The ensemble cast share good chemistry, including the one newcomer, and Simon Baker is as charming as ever while the cases are generally interesting enough. The DVD released by Warner, like the previous season sets, are rather basic and unfortunately we don’t get a nice retrospective featurette on this series’ run.
The Complete Seventh and Final Season
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Comedy
Warner Home Video | NR – 543 min. – $39.98 | April 28, 2015
THE MOVIE – 4.0/5
“The Mentalist” has been a fun if not uneven through its seven season run and probably dragged out its ‘Red John’ storyline a couple seasons too long (probably could’ve been concluded by the third season before moving onto another story arc). But in spite of its problems, the characters were likeable and the acting, for the most part, was good. Add to that some interesting cases and Patrick Jane’s quirky mannerisms and behavior makes for both compelling drama and great comedy.
This seventh season, now with the Red John part concluded in the season six season finale, it was determined it would be its final season and probably it was the right time to exit. In all honesty – and this isn’t a negative – but this season felt like a senior only a few days away from high school being over for good. The writing is at times a bit lazy and the introduction of one new character — replacing Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) — in Agent Michelle Vega (JOSIE LOREN) with computer wizard Jason Wylie (JOE ADLER) returning as does Special Agent Dennis Abbott (ROCKMOND DUNBAR) who is far more lenient with Patrick Jane compared with the CBI leaders in previous seasons.
“The Mentalist” might have been a flawed series, and although the seventh season doesn’t have a lot great moments (save for one in the tenth episode), it’s still a solid and entertaining season and fine farewell to its more ardent fans.
- Nothing But Blue Skies
- The Greybar Hotel
- Orange Blossom Ice Cream
- Black Market
- The Silver Briefcase
- Green Light
- Little Yellow House
- The Whites of His Eyes
- Copper Bullet
- Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Brown Shag Carpet/White Orchids
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
The 3-disc set is housed in a standard DVD case which side-slides into a slip cover in matching with previous season releases.
Patrick Jane: An Uncommon Man (12:33) is a basic profile on the character played by Simon Baker. Nothing amazing with interviews by fellow cast members intercut with scenes from the season.
Deleted Scenes are available on ‘Black Market’ and ‘Byzantium’
VIDEO – 4.0/5 | AUDIO – 3.5/5
“The Mentalist”: The Complete Seventh Season is presented in its originally televised 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and showcases good balance in colors and not an overabundance of artifacts.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track for each episode isn’t great but more than serviceable providing good dialogue levels while other elements like the music or occasional gunfire are a bit softer.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, “The Mentalist” season seven isn’t great but still a nice sendoff for a fun, if not uneven, series. The ensemble cast share good chemistry, including the one newcomer, and Simon Baker is as charming as ever while the cases are generally interesting enough. The DVD released by Warner, like the previous season sets, are rather basic and unfortunately we don’t get a nice retrospective featurette on this series’ run.