Listening includes noticing how and what people say
The pilot to a television series accomplishes its purpose when many viewers expect seven years worth of fall through spring episodes and help product profitability through unrecompensed social marketing. The debut episode to The Mentalist brings together all of the finer elements conducive to success:
• attention to action, characters, dialogue, props, and venues;
• match of best actor/actress to role; and
• respect for timeliness and timing.
For example, the storyline concerns a committed quartet of best-qualified agents within the California Bureau of Investigation and their case-closing reputation thanks to consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), a cold-reading, good-guessing, super-attentive, trick-playing, ultra-observant ex-psychic whose astuteness gets him paid to solve complex crimes and track serial super-killer Red John (Xander Berkeley).