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The Mentalist Finale

I know I haven't posted here in a while. I've been using Tumblr more lately, and trying to figure out LJ's place in my life. Because I really do prefer the LJ format for most things. It's so much better for conversation. So much better. (If you are looking for me on Tumblr, it's hardly-loquacious.)

But it seemed wrong not to cross-post this here.

Because this place has been important to me for most of my Mentalist fandom life. So here we go...

The Mentalist Tonight:

I’ve been trying to think about what I want to say tonight, and you know what? There’s a lot. I’m never going to remember everything. And I’m certainly not going to be eloquent (or, upon reading this back, brief).

I have watched this show from the pilot. Episode 2, I fell for Teresa Lisbon, and the Lisbon/Jane dynamic (never over that scene in the motel room when they’re on the couch watching Rigsby and Van Pelt try to lure out a killer – her body language is telling). I didn’t ship it until the season three premiere.

And then I shipped it a lot.

To be clear, I never thought I’d get it. At best I was hoping they wouldn’t do something that would preclude the possibility (but mostly I figured Jane was going to be killed).

And now it’s the finale and:
A) Jane and Lisbon are both alive
B) They’re married
C) They’re having a baby, and
D) Lisbon is still working for the FBI.
And those four things are so much more than I ever thought I’ get.

Is it the way I would have done it? No, probably not. I think there are things that could have been developed better. There are a few things I could have done without. Let’s be real, I’ve felt like this show could have used about 200% less serial killer for at least the last three years, and what happened to Michelle Vega will forever sour season 7 for me, no matter how delightful most of the rest of it was (I get why they made the choices they did, I just think there were other ways of getting there).

But team CBI came back for a reunion. And Lisbon’s family. And Cho and Lisbon went wedding dress shopping (never over it). And Lisbon drew a gun on a killer in her wedding dress. That is a lot.

I was talking to @allstartstofade and @leavebehindthismemory earlier, and it is the end of an era.

And it was an important era to me. Not only did I make some lovely friends in this fandom (and you’ve all meant so much to me, which I know I rarely tell you), but this is actually the first fandom that I participated in actively. After lurking around various fandoms for over a decade. This is the first one I ever posted fic for. It was not a particularly easy time in my life, and it was a time when I desperately needed to feel like I was good at something, even if that something was just writing fic for this ridiculous show.

So I guess I wanted to thank everyone for being so supportive, for reading and reviewing and liking what I wrote. I really have appreciated it, more than you could possibly know. I write a lot as part of my job now (very different kind of writing), and I feel like I’m pretty good at it. And that is a lot to me.

And I really am so glad that people enjoyed the stories. I’ve been getting messages from people lately to that effect, what with the show ending, and seriously guys, thanks.

Honestly, I’ve had a lot of fun writing them – even if occasionally it has been frustrating.

Goodness knows, this show has frustrated me over the years (so very many times), what with the utter and complete lack of forward momentum on the Red John front for ages, the sheer number of dropped or under-developed plotlines (seriously, don’t get me started), and the fact that the show only chose to have consequences when it suited them, and even then pretty much only for Lisbon. There were episodes I pretty much only watched for Teresa Lisbon and her magic hair (and voice – I love her voice). But there have been so many great moments too.

And I was only frustrated because it mattered.

This will always be my show.

I can’t believe it’s over. Show, my show.

But they’re married and they’re having a baby. And that’s just lovely.

I’ve been emotional tonight. And I’m not good at emotional. I’m not good at just saying the thing.

So I guess I’ll just say thanks, to the show (and everyone involved in it) for existing, and to everyone I’ve met along the way.

This was a lot.

(And will continue to be so, obviously – it’s not like I’m going to disappear from the internet tomorrow, or never write another word. Just to be clear.)

Comments

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little_firestar
Feb. 19th, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC)
all I can see is, I fell you, sister.
yen35
Feb. 21st, 2015 09:45 am (UTC)
Nice to see a post from you. I don't watch the mentalist but I know the satisfaction when a show ends well rather than abruptly and even better if all went well for a ship you've had for a long time. I still enjoy Castle and I;ve started Scandal since we last spoke. But yes, the internet is a great place to meet people and I have closer friends online than I have in real life I think, lol.
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