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A few months ago I complained about one of the most misplaced recitals of 19th century poetry in James Bond’s Skyfall. The movie itself, pretty good, but the Tennyson quote – worse than when they hammered Thomas Gray into Bull Durham.

Now, one of the very few examples in modern movie culture when quoting such a text actually fits is The Mentalist, a rather lighthearted sleuth series with a rather sinister core. Red John, the faceless and diabolic antagonist of the story, has a trademark line:

Creepy, huh? – As it should be.

The Mentalist hasn’t concluded yet, so we have yet to see how the writers further use the motif. (I know that Blake again pops up over the course of the series, but I will not comment on that yet, in order to evade spoilers.)

However, the premise looks promising so far; on a personal note, I like this duality in The Mentalist – at the same time, we have a fine comedy, and then, moments of almost Poe-ish madness. Let’s hope the series does not, no pun intended, burn out, but preserves this symmetrical approach up to its eventual conclusion.

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